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João Paulo Simões on He Can Delve In Hearts:

“This film is the result of an ongoing creative collaboration that I am honoured to have with Matt Howden and his music project Sieben. Something that we established in 2006 with the production of the feature-length film Antlers of Reason and the DVD that accompanied his album High Broad Field.

Once more, this film has certainly benefited from the symbiotic process that always happens when my imagery meets his music, but also from Matt’s absolute trust in my vision – giving me complete free rein to explore and express my ideas.

This is very possibly the darkest piece that I have ever put together, but it all begins with the music – what it evokes in me. Then the actual process of conception was quite simple: I let Martin Bedford’s artwork for the album seep through and discussed some aesthetics with Matt, looking at particular photography that he’s into. Then came the format. I was keen on exploring the same short film/music video hybrid template that I had used with great success in the videos for Portuguese band Nanashi in 2010 and for Anna Wildsmith’s industrial symphonic project SOW last year.

The overall darkness of the content only became a problem during the casting period – with a good deal of actors approached either feeling uncomfortable or, less intelligently, dismissing it as a straight horror film. In the end, I am grateful for their refusal to audition or take part, because this lead us to assemble the most perfect cast in a multi-character piece that goes beyond genre.

One final note: I am personally very pleased with how the actual production went and proud that, despite the usual compromises, I managed to retain the film’s essence intact.

This is a piece of half-glimpsed narratives, of wounded characters trapped in a house. In a time loop of sorrow and obsession...”

Mercy - Special Edition DVD is Out Now!
A brand-new independent film written and directed by João Paulo Simões, exploring the notions of family and identity through the brief encounter between two women.
An unforgiving tale which retains its ambiguity until the very last frame of the film.
DVD Extras include: the pilot episode of WHDE, cosmos - a microfilm and an Interview with lead actress Jude Calvert-Toulmin.
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The Pilot Episode of WHDE - Where Her Dreams End is now available online.
This Frontier Media/Cinema Livre production has been written and directed by João Paulo Simões from his original short film and it stars Linda Valadas, Thomas Thoroe, Amy Russ and Emmanuelle Escourrou amongst others.

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The eagerly anticipated music video/short film hybrid Victim.
Conceived & Directed by João Paulo Simões for Sow.
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Independent Filmmaker João Paulo Simões is now represented by the Agent Mónica Guimarães;
Contact: (00351) 927 411 097/(00351) 915 443 001
Torpor Revisited (2009); Águas Furtadas & Outras Ausências (2007); Antlers Of Reason (2006); Ausências De Espírito (2005); Torpor (2003); Music Videos: Star Wood Brick Firmament - Sieben (2010); Amar Salgado - Nanashi (2009); Virgin In The Green – Sieben (2009); Lucifer On The Moor – Sieben (2009); Desire Rites – Sieben (2007); Dolphins In Canada - The Great Churn (2007); Sorriso da Manhã – Prince Wadada (2007); High Broad Field – Sieben (2006); Take This Turn – The Ultimate Architects (2005); Documentary Work: Beyond Climate Change (in development); Food & Mood – (2009); Um Céu e Dois Caminhos (2009); José Prudêncio - AstroFilosofia (2009); One Tick Away - (2008); Forging A Future – (2008); Bleak Hill (2007) Other Work by João Paulo Simões: Strings & Sutures (2007); Duchess, Duchess (2004); Overture (2002); Imogen Meets The Merchant (2001); Home – Anne Garner (2005); Neon Moon II – The Ultimate Architects (2004);