Both tourists and locals know the confectionary of Pastéis de Belém as a beautiful café where the original famous Portuguese custard tarts can be found. Others know it as their place of daily work. It is here that the film’s protagonists spend much of their time, entertain many of their social relations and earn the money that sustains their lives. The custard tarts become a medium that connects them. Taking the touristic experience as a point of departure and then entering through the factory’s back-door, the film explores the attractiveness of the Pastéis de Belém from the perspective of those who make them.
Mariana Pote and Frerk Froböse, both in their mid-twenties, introduce themselves as passionate about anthropology and documentary films. They met in Oxford while doing their MSc’s in the anthropology department, where Mariana focused on material anthropology and Frerk on visual anthropology. Since then they have created PÉPOSTO, a production company based in Lisbon, which strives to make films rooted in research and research social phenomena through film. People-&-Pastéis is their first film. In their future projects they intend to continue with the core mission of using research to render different social realities more visible to a wider audience.