As Semimortas

Fiction | 00:20 | SWITZERLAND – PORTUGAL

It’s summer in Portugal. Otilia works as a cleaner at the municipal swimming pool. At home, she takes care of her mother, Laurinda, alone. She begins to lose her memory and multiplies the number of runaways in the surrounding mountains where fires are raging.
Otilia can’t make ends meet. In debt with her neighbour Virgilio, she is not in a position to repay him. Virgilio, who was involved in dirty business, then offered to wipe his debt in exchange for a service. At the end of its rope, Otilia will have to choose whether or not to accept its neighbour’s dubious proposal, a decision with serious consequences.

Bio | Filmography


Aurélie Pernet Oliveira, Director

Born in 1990 in Besançon, Aurélie Pernet Oliveira obtained a diploma in graphic design (ISBA) in 2011. She then changed her orientation to undertake a Bachelor’s degree in cinema at the Haute école d’art et de design de Genève, which she finished in 2014 with a mention from the jury for her film Meccarillos. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Literature & Theory of Cinema at the University of Lausanne and is developing, in parallel, her film projects.

Filmography (selection)

As Semimortas, fic, 2020 (in development)
Triste Cortège, archives found footage, 2015
Meccarillos, fic, 2014



Putin's Witnesses

• Nomination aux European Film Awards


• En replay sur ARTE

Tempête Silencieuse primé à Locarno

• Pardino d'Argento | Pardi di Domani

Sœurs Jarariju distingué à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury International

Je fais où tu me dis

• Mention Spéciale du Jury à interFilm Berlin

Putin's Witnesses

• Sélection Officielle au TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix du Meilleur Documentaire à Karlovy Vary

Je fais où tu me dis distingué à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury des Jeunes