Gonçalo Almeida (1986) was born and raised in Santiago do Cacém. His short film THURSDAY NIGHT was part of the official selection of Sundance 2018, won him the Best Director of Horror Shorts Award at Fantastic Fest 2017 and the award for Best Portuguese Short Film in MotelX 2017. In 2019 Gonçalo completed his debut feature film KEEP ME COMPANY which was screened at Fantastic Fest and had a theatrical release in Portugal. Still in 2019, Gonçalo took part in the team of directors selected for the Talents Programme at the 69th Berlinale Film Festival. In 2020, Gonçalo was awarded the “Nico” award from the Portuguese Cinema Academy. In 2021, THE GIRL FROM SATURN won Gonçalo the Best Director of the Shorts with Legs competition at Fantastic Fest.
THE ADVENT is a Portuguese horror film set in a remote pig farm, in 1997. Rita, an ex-heroin addict, flees left the city to work at the farm and finds herself in the epicenter of an interdimensional nightmare. A bizarre phenomenon is causing people and animals to disappear, making them return in a grotesque condition with their bodies fused with nature and buildings.