Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

Tommy Guns

Feature Film Portugal 2022
By Carlos Conceição
Tue, 17 October 2023, 8:45 PM
In 1974, after years of civil war, the Portuguese and their descendants fled the colony of Angola where independentist groups gradually claimed their territory back. "Tommy Guns" gives a dual perspective on this struggle: a tribal girl who discovers love and death when her path crosses that of a young Portuguese soldier; and a group of Portuguese soldiers who are barracked inside an infinite wall from which they will have to escape once the past comes out of the grave to claim its long awaited justice.


Film Info


Tommy Guns
Original title
Nação Valente
Feature Film
Release Date
  • Portugal
  • France
Spoken language
  • Portuguese
  • Nyaneka
  • English
119 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour


  • Carlos Conceição
  • Writer
  • Carlos Conceição
  • Producers
  • João Matos
  • Leonor Noivo
  • Crew
  • Vasco Viana (Cinematographer)
  • António Gonçalves (Editor)
  • Rafael Cardoso (Sound)
  • Cast

  • João Arrais (Leading Actor - Zé)
  • Anabela Moreira (Leading Actor - Apolónia)
  • Director

    • Carlos Conceição

      Carlos Conceição was born in Angola. He first came to Locarno with his short film “Versailles” in 2013. His shorts “Goodnight Cinderella” and “Bad Bunny” premiered in Cannes and his first feature length film “Serpentarius” was widely acclaimed after its premiere at the Berlinale Forum in 2019. The hour-long horror film “Name Above Title”, has made a few Top 10 lists in 2021, and garnered the notorious Méliès d’Argent. Carlos is currently finishing a body-horror film about body dysmorphia.

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