Tommy Guns

Golden Leopard
Locarno International Film Festival
Youth Jury Award ~ First Prize
Locarno International Film Festival
Europa Cinemas Label ~ Best European Film
Locarno International Film Festival
Stunning, serpentine…a multi-stranded, microcosmic, brutally uncompromising investigation of colonialism.


Tommy Guns

Angolan-Portuguese director Carlos Conceição’s audacious and enigmatic Tommy Guns invokes the ghosts of Angola’s colonial past while embracing the symbolic power of genre filmmaking. The story begins in 1974, just one year before the country’s independence from decades of Portuguese rule. Wealthy colonists are fleeing the country as Angolan revolutionaries gradually claim their land back. A tribal girl discovers love and danger when her path crosses that of a Portuguese soldier. Another group of soldiers, completely cut off from the outside world, blindly follow the brutal orders of their commander in the name of serving their country. But nothing stays fixed in this genre-shifting cinematic puzzle, which playfully swerves from art house drama to war film to zombie flick to escape thriller with exhilarating control. Winner of Best European Film and the Youth Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival, Tommy Guns has elicited comparisons to the work of Claire Denis, Miguel Gomes, and even M. Night Shyamalan, and announces a bold and exciting new voice in Portuguese and Angolan filmmaking.

“Remarkable. Audacious. A horror-tinged nightmare that nods to the sprawling impact of
colonialism across eras.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

"A film of great ambition...An ever-shifting dreamscape, one that may correspond to the collective trauma of the colonial era itself." – Michael Sicinski, In Review Online

“Blazingly confident…a richly layered text which interweaves the plausible, the purely symbolic and the unambiguously supernatural.” – Neil Young, Screen International
Drama, War
Portuguese, Nyaneka
Carlos Conceição
Carlos Conceição
João Arrais, Anabela Moreira, Miguel Amorim, Ivo Arroja
Nominee, Golden Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival
Winner, Youth Jury Award ~ First Prize, Locarno International Film Festival
Winner, Europa Cinemas Label ~ Best European Film, Locarno International Film Festival

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