Sílvia Subirós

Documentary Filmmaker                                      

The Festival of Lies

Documentary Feature  70’  Brazil & Spain  2016 


The documentary is centered in the Festival of Lies celebration in Nova Bréscia, a small South-Brazilian town, and the special way the community lives, to make a reflection on everyday lying. Locals say they never lie. Life goes by peacefully and nobody seems to admit that lies exist outside the festival.

But observing their day to day routine in the streets, the church, the school and their encounters, less obvious lies appear and they choose not to question them. Discourses that accumulate and establish the order in the village.

When the time comes, everybody gives a hand to organize the festival. This way, neighbors, nearby politicians and beauty queens come to the town to celebrate this event. Osmar Baldissarelli, a mayor from a nearby town, says he found Osama Bin Laden and that he has never told a lie. When the festival is over the town will have to confront reality and decide if lies are still part of their life.


Original title / Título original
The Festival of Lies / El Festival de la Mentira

Production year / Año de producción

Country / País
Spain /España

A film by / Una película de
Sílvia Subirós

Cinematography / Fotografía
Núria Gámiz

Editor / Editora
Sílvia Subirós

Sound recordist / Sonido directo
Leandro Schirmer

Sound editor / Editor de sonido
Francesc Gosalves

Post-production / Post-producción
Carles M. Gómez-Quintero

Script Consultant / Script Consultant
Carmen Ávalos del Pino

Producers / Productores
Patricia Sánchez Mora, Sílvia Subirós

Produced by / Producida por
Film a l’agulla, LaudiovisuaL

Festivals / Festivales

Docs in Progress Award, Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland (2015)

L’Alternativa Professionals, Barcelona Independent Film Festival (2015)

Primer Test REC Tarragona (2015)

Norwich Radical Film Festival (2016)

Tlanchana Film Festival (2017)