Cedro Plátano

Director’s note

René Daumal’s book, Mount Analogue, was the starting point for the project The Invisible Island. In his book, Daumal suggests the possibility of an island/continent that is inaccessible, even though it’s geographically and physically impossible (the reason being an anomaly in perception that makes this place invisible to the human eye). With this idea in mind, I decided to apply it to the neighbourhood of Terras da Costa since it had characteristics similar to those of the Mount Analogue - despite being close to the city of Costa da Caparica and to a main road access, it’s still hidden and a passer-by won’t notice its existence.

When arriving to the Terras da Costa neighbourhood, I met Dádá, a funáná and kizomba musician who has a music studio in his home. His passion and obsession with making original songs made me try to understand his work process better as well as the essence behind the lyrics he wrote for his melodies. Many of his songs were about matters of love and conquest. When he showed me one of his songs, named I Swear, I was reminded of Jules Verne’s novel, The Green Ray. In it, a rare meteorological event occurs where, in certain locations on the planet, a fulminating green ray can be seen at the last moment of the sunset. Jules Verne mentions at a certain point of his novel that if a ray was to be seen by two people at the same time, they would forever be in love. Influenced by this idea, I began writing Dádá’s story, a character who, in order to captivate his loved one, thoroughly dedicates himself to creating a Lunar Melody: a song that will attract the stars to the moon, causing a light paler than all white colours together - a cosmic phenomenon which I called “the reversed eclipse” and that will result in the pairing of Dádá with his loved one.

Lisbon, 12 December de 2018

Rui Almeida Paiva