Variações – Guardian Angel


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António Variações was a unique man. He was born in a small village in Amares, in the north of Portugal. At an early age, unhappy with his life working at a local factory, he came to Lisbon to stay with some relatives. But he was different and he wanted more. He wanted to travel and see the world and he emigrated, starting to work as a barber. But his love for music and performance was so strong that he came back so he could sing in his own language, even if with his looks and outfits he was a victim of prejudice. And even without knowing anything about music he fought for his right to do it the way he believed it was best. Variações – Guardian Angel is a story about music and about fighting for what we believe.


Director and Screenwriter. Born in Portugal, live in New York. In 1990 João Maia completed his licentiateship (B.Sc) in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, in Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa and three years later completed his filmmaking course in the New York Film Academy. Worked as assistant director between 1994 and 1998 and directed several music videos, TV commercials and series. In 2015 he wrote and directed the documentary >The 30th Years of The American Institute of Wine and Food. In 2008 he directed two TV feature films for the TVI Portugal: Music Box and Life in Pieces. In 2006 he realized the short film Coming Home. Between 1997 and 2002 he directed more short films, including Trauma and The Nail (Cannes Critics’Week).
VariaçŌões – Guardian Angel is his first feature film.


  • Title
    Variações – Guardian Angel
  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    105′, col.

  • Director 
    João Maia
  • Screenplay
    João Maia
  • Editing
    Pedro Ribeiro
  • Photography
    André Szankowski

  • Music
    Armando Teixeira
  • Sound
    Tiago Raposinho
  • Cast
    Sérgio Praia, Filipe Duarte,
    Victoria Guerra, Augusto Madeira,
    Afonso Lagarto, Diego Branco,
    Filipe Albuquerque, Nuno Casanovas

  • Producers
    Fernando Vendrell, Luís Alvãraes
  • Production Company
    David & Golias

  • Les Arcs Film Festival 2018 – Work in Progress
  • European Cinema Marathon Odemira 2019

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