Directed by Gabe Klinger
Portugal, USA, France, Poland | 2016 | 75 min | romance, drama | English

Jake and Mati are two outsiders in the Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief connection. He’s an American loner exiled from his family; she’s a French student abroad with her professor lover. One day they see each other from a distance at an archeological site and then again at a train station and a café, where Jake works up the courage to speak to Mati for the first time and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy. This experience is looked at years later using fragments from Mati and Jake’s lives apart, both of them still haunted by the powerful moments they shared. Working backwards and forwards with time, and alternating a narrow and wide visual canvas, Porto reveals the depths of a surprising encounter, eventually settling into the one unforgettable night when Mati and Jake chanced upon feelings of love and passion that they never thought were possible.

Cast & Crew

Director: Gabe Klinger
Screenplay: Larry Gross, Gabe Klinger
Cinematography: Wyatt Garfield
Editing: Gabe Klinger, Géraldine Mangenot
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Lucie Lucas, Françoise Lebrun, Paulo Calatré
Producers: Rodrigo Areias (Bando à Parte), Sonia Buchman (Gladys Glover), Gabe Klinger (Double Play Films), Nicolas R. de la Mothe (Gladys Glover),
Todd Remis, Julie R. Snyder, Klaudia Śmieja (Madants), Beata Rzeźniczek (Madants)
Executive producers: Jim Jarmusch, Stephen T. Skoly

  • Gabe Klinger
    Gabe Klinger

Festivals & Awards
San Sebastian Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Zurich Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
São Paulo International Film Festival
American Film Festival
Thessaloniki Intrenational Film Festival
Mons Film Fest – Prix BeTV, Best Script
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – FEISAL Award
Ljubljana International Film Festival
Stockholm Film Festival
Cork Film Festival
Torino Film Festival
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Vilnius Film Festival
Istanbul International Film Festival
BAFICI International Film Festival
Sydney International Film Festival
Midnight Sun
Moscow Film Festival

press quotes

Ravishingly shot on location in the eponymous Portuguese coastal city (long deserving of just such a cinematic valentine) in an elegant shuffle of aspect ratios and film stocks.
A film that’s in love with love, in love with cinema, and concerned that neither is built to last.
The presence of the late Anton Yelchin amplifies the bittersweet melancholy of Gabe Klinger’s graceful romantic miniature.

Gabe Klinger

Gabe Klinger is an award-winning filmmaker, film studies professor, and author. His acclaimed documentary DOUBLR PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER (2013) won a Lion for Best Documentary in Venice and screened at over 100 leading events and venues worldwide including SXSW, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the IFC Center. Klinger’s articles have appeared in Sight & Sound, Film Comment, and Cinema Scope. He has taught film studies at University of Illinois and Columbia College.

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