DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



“Cru” means “rough”, “raw” or “sore”, all of which applies to this sequence of scenes by Carlos Ruiz Carmona – snapshots of the Portuguese city of Porto, collected over almost a decade. There are movie kisses and vigorously fucking bodies, trembling hands and sex for money. Communion wafers crack and teeth are knocked out. The images are anything but glamorous but highly charged: they show tense and often aggressive people. Carlos Ruiz Carmona’s Porto is a field of energy where tension keeps building and is discharged all over the place, where people are receivers or transmitters of those currents. The film seems both distant and intimate because its director, while renouncing all direct communication, is a penetrating observer. One who is most interested in the surfaces under which things are seething, ready to burst – be it in the shape of eczema, a blow or a birth.

Carolin Weidner


Original Title: Cru
Country: Portugal
Year: 2017
Language: Portuguese
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 150 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Carlos Ruiz Carmona
Producer: Carlos Ruiz Carmona
Cinematographer: Carlos Ruiz Carmona
Editor: Carlos Ruiz Carmona
Sound: Carlos Ruiz Carmona, Pedro Ribeiro
Script: Carlos Ruiz Carmona

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.