DONA CRISTINA PERDEU A MEMÓRIA (Dona Cristina lost her memory)

(35 mm, 13 min, color, 2002)

Antonio, an 8 year-old boy, discovers that his neighbour Cristina, 80,
is always telling different stories about her life, the names of her relatives and the day's saints. And Dona Cristina believes that Antônio can help her recover her lost memories.


 Pedro Tergolina e Lissy Brock
  Photo by Alex Sernambi: Pedro Tergolina e Lissy Brock

Director: Ana Luiza Azevedo
Executive Producers: Nora Goulart and Luciana Tomasi
Written by: Ana Luiza Azevedo, Jorge Furtado and Rosangela Cortinhas
Cinematographer: Alex Sernambi
Art Director: Fiapo Barth
Music by: Gustavo Finkler
Editor: Giba Assis Brasil

A Casa de Cinema PoA Production

Main Cast:

Lissy Brock (Dona Cristina)
Pedro Tergolina (Antônio)



  • 30th Gramado Festival, 2002:
    Best Director, Best Art Director.
  • 313th International Short Film Festival, Sao Paulo, 2002:
    Popular Jury Award, Canal Brasil Aquisition Prize.
  • 35th Brasilia Festival, 2002:
    Best Short Film (Critic's Prize), ANDI Childhood Cinema Prize.
  • 3rd Fluxus, International Film Festival on the Internet, 2002:
    Best E-cinema (fiction, experimental, videoart).


"DONA CRISTINA PERDEU A MEMÓRIA (DONA CRISTINA HAS LOST HER MEMORY), which plays with the time cycle using a moving children's toy (a wooden duck), is an engaging film, illustrating the aesthetic ambitions and the jovial tone which has made Rio Grande do Sul one of the main production centres of short films in Brazil. In the screenplay she co-wrote with her fellow filmmaker Jorge Furtado, Ana Luiza discusses the issue of an old woman's memory loss through her relationship with an 8 year-old boy. The sensibility of her film has won it the warmest applause among the short films so far."
(JORNAL DO BRASIL, Rio de Janeiro, 16/08/2002)

"The cinema of Rio Grande do Sul, always well represented in the short films competition, once again proved the point with DONA CRISTINA HAS LOST HER MEMORY. Ana Luiza Azevedo, one of the members of the acclaimed Casa de Cinema, shows the birth of the friendship between an 8 year-old boy and his neighbour, an 80 year-old woman. She lives in an old people's home next to the boy's house. She is losing her memory and tells different stories about her life every time she meets the boy. (...) The film has irresistible magic."
(Alessandro Giannini, Revista SET, 16/08/2002)

"DONA CRISTINA HAS LOST HER MEMORY, by Ana Luiza Azevedo, conquered the audience, with its tender reflection about childhood and old age. Differently from other shorts, in this one heart comes before reason. And the film is better for it."
(Luiz Zanin Oricchio, O ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO, 24/11/2002)

"DONA CRISTINA HAS LOST HER MEMORY is a delightful short about the encounter of an 8 year-old boy and a lovely scatty brained old lady. The friendship between them - established across a rickety wooden fence - will help her recover memories from her life. Director Ana Luiza Azevedo treats the characters with moving tenderness and great sensitivity. A great short, even better than her previous one, Three Minutes, a Brasilia Film Festival award winner."
(Sérgio Bazi, revista virtual CANDANGO, 24/11/2002)