Until porn do us part

A film by Jorge Pelicano

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    • Eulália, a 65-year-old mother, conservative and catholic, finds out that her son who emigrated to Germany became Fostter Riviera, the internationally awarded first Portuguese gay porn actor. From shock and disgust to desperately trying to understand him, Eulália embarks on an emotional journey that puts her values, expectations and perceptions to the test. With the computer and Facebook as her main sources of information and communication, Eulália’s quest to get closer to her son makes her click on unexpected websites, meet unlikely people and challenge herself to see her son perform a live sex show in the annual Portuguese erotic fair.

    • Jorge Pelicano, Portuguese director and filmmaker, was born in Figueira da Foz in 1977. After graduating in Communication & Public Relations and finishing his postgraduate in Communication & Journalism, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, he began his career as a videojournalist. While travelling through Portugal and around the world telling stories with social and human impact, the seventh art started gaining ground. In 2005, Pelicano premiered the documentary "Ainda há pastores? / Are there still any shepherds?", followed by "Pare, Escute, Olhe / Stop, Listen, Look" (2009) and "Stop thinking suddenly" (2015). His documentaries have been screened in more than 20 countries and have won national and international awards.

      Since 2013, Jorge Pelicano has been entirely dedicated to the production of documentaries in the production company Até ao Fim do Mundo. "Until Porn Do Us Part" (2018) is his latest work.

    • "Until porn do us part" came from a desire to explore the thematic of pornography through a perspective that has always intrigued me: the families of the actors and actresses that are part of this universe and, in particular, the impact that the children's choices can have in the life of the parents. I became aware of the story of Eulália, a 65-year-old mother living in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Oporto, who discovered online that her son, who had emigrated to Germany, was a well-known gay porn actor. The exposure of her child's life in social networks reflects to a great extent what is currently happening in our society, which also fascinated me.

      Eulália's personality is very strong, in addition to a series of elements that made her story very unlikely. The reaction of this conservative and religious mother when she discovered her son's sexual orientation and profession was one of emotional upheaval, falling in a deep disgust.

      After this information, Eulália began an emotional journey to get closer to her son and understand him. This evolution was documented through messages that both mother and son exchanged on Facebook since 2013.

      The strength and complexity of these characters, allied with the power of their Facebook's written messages, gave me the final impulse to want to tell this story. A non-linear story that goes through the past and the present of an inconstant relationship between a mother and her child. Essentially, a story that tackles a cross-cutting theme: how far can a mother's unconditional love for her child go?