In a vast arctic landscape of overwhelming beauty and endless extension a lost traveller finally arrives at a ghost-town surrounded by eternal ice and glaciers. People seem to have left this Russian settlement overnight; furniture, books and palpable traces of a former community lie under a numb white veil of ice and death. The traveller´s loss of memory will be absorbed by his imagination and the omnipresent past until loosing himself in neverland: whispering voices tell about the utopia-like life in the former soviet coalmining town called Pyramiden and about the tragic airplane crash that led to its abandonment in the late 1990ies. Was he one of the former habitants who died during the crash? In a place that seems out of the world human utopia is stroke by cruel destiny and nature’s overwhelming power. “The Chronicles of Polyaris” is a surreal portray of an actual fading town by following this fictive ghost-traveller who finds out that he actually is facing his own disappearance in an in-between world.

Director’s Note

 “The Chronicles of Polyaris” is an auratic mood piece located between documentary and fiction. It breaks with the conventional perception of film. The viewer is in the position of looking at a post-apocalyptic world from an after-life perspective: the traveller is observed in a non-human, cerebral state-of-mind; the focus of the film lies not in the emotional drive of the traveller towards his destiny, but in the mood of an in-between world and the auratic spirit of nature and human decay. The film’s heart captures the otherworldly soul of this hybrid state oscillating between human patrimony and its erasure by nature. The town’s unique isolated location on Spitsbergen, its actual social and historical context and ambiguous condition between remaining past and decaying present, utopian ideas and their loss of meaning evoke a surreal authenticity, which is reforced by the surrounding arctic beauty. The film seeks an auratic gaze by portraying Man’s confrontation with his own disappearance and infinity in a fictive set-up of spectral condition.

Surreal Documentary, HD, 61 min.

Co-production Portugal/Norway/Germany

Current state: preparation of release

Supported by: RTP /ICA Portgal; NNFS/ NFI Norway; MFG Germany; ZKM Karlsruhe


- World Premiere at Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, October 2015

- European Premiere at Jihlava International Documentary Festival, October 2015

- Russian Premiere at the Northern Character Film & TV Festival, Murmansk, November 2015. Special Prize „Best Camera“

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Creative Documentary, 52/80 min., HDV, 2009

“Mother Fatima” follows a 70 years old, Angolan nurse on a nearly impossible humanitarian mission into her home country. In a southern region that was specially affected by the long lasting, recent civil war, the local hospital has to be restructured. At this place where accidental death, poverty and lack of hygiene continue to be a part of people’s daily life, the subversive presence of mystical forces seem to reinvent the meaning of life.



Produced by C.R.I.M.; Financed by ICA/RTP.

World Premiere at DocLisboa - Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Lisbon, Portugal 10/2009.

Broadcaster: RTP2 (Dec. 2012)

Related Links:

INTERVIEW (Interview with Director and Extracts of Film)

ARTICLE (Article at Diario de Noticias)



TV-Documentary, 28 min., HDV, 2007


A documentary about the intimate relation between sexuality and society. Let’s talk about it.


Produced by C.R.I.M.; Financed by RTP and APF - Portuguese Association for Family Planning.

Broadcaster: RTP2 (Worldpremiere 09/2007)



Creative Documentary, 58 min., HDV, 2006

“Waiting for Europe” is an intimate portrait of a young woman from Eastern Europe in search for a job in Portugal and Spain. Vania is looking for her identity, while she faces situations of illegality, exploitation and social exclusion. She has to make major decisions on life about love, career and children, yet can’t forget about her home country, Bulgaria…

Watch the movie at: WAITINGFOREUROPE


Produced by C.R.I.M.; Financed by ICA/RTP.

Broadcasters: RTP2 Portugal, VRT Belgium

World Premiere at DocLisboa - Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 10/2006.

Commercial DVD-release: FNAC; Distributor: Mercury Media (GB)


- “Merit Prize” at TIDF - Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008, Taichung, Taiwan.

  1. -“Grand Prize Erasmus EuroMedia Award 2007” of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards 2007

   by ESEC - European Society for Education and Communication, Vienna, Austria.

  1. -“Euromedia Medal”of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards 2007

  2. -“Euromedia Seal of Approval” of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards 2007

  3. -“Best International Documentary Award” at New York International Independent Film and Vídeo Festival, New York, 07/2007.

  4. -“Best Short International Documentary” at New York International Independent Film and Vídeo Festival, Los Angeles, 03/2007.



Quadrology of TV-Documentaries, 4x30 min., DigiBeta, 2003

Four small portraits of people with disability. Why is life worth living?


- Mundo Silencioso

- Olhar por Dentro

- Fragmentos de um Tempo Lento

- No Fio dos Limites  See this movie at: NOFIODOSLIMITES


Produced by C.R.I.M. Portugal; Co-production RTP - Portugal.

Broadcasters: RTP1, RTP International

World Premiere at DocLisboa - Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Lisbon, Portugal,10/2004.


  1. -“First Prize” at Festival de Curtas Metragens do Hospital Júlio de Matos, Lisbon, 2004, for

  2. -“No fio dos limites”.

  3. -TV5-Prize “Best Image” at International Documentary Film Festival Cronograf, Moldavia, 2004,

  4. - for “Fragmentos de um tempo lento”.

  5. -“CNOD-Prize 2003” for the quadrology (“Olhar por Dentro”, “Fragmentos de um Tempo Lento”,

for “No Fio dos Limites”, “Mundo Silencioso”) by CNOD - Portuguese Confederation of People

with Disability, Lisbon, 2003.




Creative Documentary, 47 min., DV, 2001

At the beginning of the documentary, a house is ablaze. The habitant, a German woman who has been living in Portugal for fifteen years, faces the charred remains. Her husband says,‘I hope that in Germany the Portuguese aren’t treated like this.’ A little later, they link the alleged arson to their new nature society. Reeh does not try to confirm or deny the accusations, but allows the woman and her sister - who has been living in Portugal just as long - to say what they think. In Portugal, the two women looked for space to live their own life, close to nature, without any machines and self-sufficiently. But, after the fire, one of them has had enough. The other, who lives close by, is suspicious but for the time being she stays. Alone with her goats, dancing through nature.

Production Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Lisbon, Portugal

World Premiere at IDFA - Amsterdam International Documentary Festival, Holland, 11/2001.



Creative Documentary, 48 min.,  DigiBeta, 2000

Christine, the film’s director, is a German living in Lisbon, confronting her family members and friends with her inbetweener situation by catalyzing them into conflictuous, set-up situations. While describing her difficulties of adaptation and observation of sociocultural differences, she reflects on the ideas of travelling, passing by and non-places.

Produced by ESTC Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Lisbon, Portugal;

Co-production HFF Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Munich, Germany

Broadcaster: RTP2

World Premiere at XI International Encounters of Documentaries, Loures, Portugal, 11/2000.


“RTP Prize” at XI International Encounters of Documentaries 2001.