TWO AGES, SEVEN COUNTRIES, SIX LANGUAGES, EIGHT THOUSAND KILOMETRES, NINE EX-COLLEAGUES TO FIND.
THE ERASMUS PROJECT IS THE FIRST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM TO LOOK AT ERASMUS WITH TIME PERSPECTIVE.
Twenty years after having seen each other for the last time, two good friends from the Erasmus Programme meet online. Curious to find out what happened to their colleagues from back then, they decide to set off in an improvised road trip throughout Europe. With a luggage full of uncertainties and a film camera, they go in search of their old colleagues, of whom they know little or nothing since each went their separate ways in Rome, at the turn of the millennium.
The Erasmus Project is an intimate road movie, a creative documentary that aims to provide the grounds for a genuine reflection on friendship, the vertiginous contemporaneity, the search for identity within diversity and the European project after two decades of euphoria and disillusion.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
FILIPE ARAÚJO  is a Portuguese film director, scriptwriter and independent producer from Lisbon, Portugal, with a ten years’ experience in journalism. Up to day, his work in film was distinguished with four first prizes, dozens of participations in international festival’s Official Selections and showings in venues such as: Casa del Cinema (Rome, Italy), Círculo de Bellas Artes, Filmoteca Española (Madrid, Spain), Cinemateca Portuguesa, Cinema Ideal, Sala Manoel de Oliveira (Lisbon, Portugal) or the Unesco’s Universal Culture Forum (Monterrey, Mexico). Co-founder of production company Blablabla Media, he represented Portugal as Erasmus Ambassador for the 25th Anniversary of the largest mobility Programme of the world.
A Sétima Vida de Gualdino | The Ninth Life of Gualdino
2014, documentary, 61’ / 58’ – Awards:
Best Portuguese Film, Temps d’Images, 2014
MUVI Lisboa’s Grad Prize Award, 2014
2011, drama, 12’30 – Awards:
Nominated to Best Film on Arts, Temps d’Images, 2011
Selvagens, a Última Fronteira| The Final Frontier
2006, documentary, 30’ – Awards:
FEST’s Grand Prize Award, 2007
IMPRESA Convergence Award, 2007
“The Erasmus should be compulsory — not just for students, but also for táxi drivers, plumbers and other workers.”
UMBERTO ECO, Jan. 2012, The Guardian