Archive Cinema City 2012.

It’s the Earth Not the Moon

É na terra não é na lua

Genre: Documentary
Country: Portugal
Year: 2011
Duration: 180 min

Director: Goncalo Tocha

Programme selection: Educons Hungry Days

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A cameraman and a soundman arrive in Corvo in 2007, the smallest island in the archipelago of the Azores. Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Corvo is a large rock with a volcano crater and a tiny village of 440 inhabitants. Gradually, the small film crew is accepted into the island's community, two people to add a civilisation almost 500 years old, whose history is hardly discernible, such is the lack of records and written memories. IT’S THE EARTH NOT THE MOON is an Atlantic film-odyssey that combines anthropological records, literature, lost archives, mythological and autobiographical stories.


City of Lisbon Award For Feature-length Film, Doclisboa IFF, Best Film / Cinema of the Future, BAFICI, Best Film / Documentary Feature Competition, San Francisco IFF, Special Mention, FF Locarno


Graduated in 2002 from the Faculty of Humanities in Lisbon, where he founded the cine-club NuCiVo and directed his first short film. BALAOU (2007), his debut feature, was a hommage to his mother and screened at festivals worldwide. A singer and composer, Tocha divides his career between cinema and music.