Portugal

Leonel Vieira – Zona J AKA Block J (1998)

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Tó is a black boy from Zona J, a tough neighborhood in Lisbon, and falls in love with a white girl, Carla. Tó dreams to live in Angola, where his parents were born, however the reality the two teens are in makes everything complicated. Read More »

Manuela Viegas – Glória (1999)

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Gloria is set against the backdrop of a rural landscape slowly disappearing in modern Portugal. The small border town of Vila de Santiago, once a booming trade center for illegal trafficking, is about to become a ghost town, as a new motorway is to bypass the city. Read More »

Manoel de Oliveira – Porto da Minha Infância AKA Porto of My Childhood (2001)

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This Proustian documentary, made when Oliveira was 93 years old, explores the great Portuguese film-maker’s relationship with his home town, Oporto, the place which inspired his first film Douro, Faina Fluvial way back in 1931. Using old photographs and newsreels with dramatic reconstructions, he offers a vivid portrait of a city caught between the old and the new. When he was a child, Oporto didn’t even have proper cinemas, film shows were improvised in sheds, Oliveira (born 1908) recalls. Most of the landmarks familiar from his youth have vanished. The brothels and cafés where he and his artist friends used to while away their days are long since closed. Even the house where he grew up is in ruins. The city I remember only remains alive in my sad memory, he sadly reflects. Poignant and playful, this is one of the old master’s most accessible late films. Read More »

João Maia – Variações AKA Variações: Guardian Angel (2019)

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. Read More »

Catarina Vasconcelos – A Metamorfose dos Pássaros AKA The Metamorphosis of Birds (2020)

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The passing away of their mothers makes Catarina and her own father meet in an emotional place that is different from the one most fathers and daughters know. Read More »

Manoel de Oliveira – Amor de Perdição AKA Doomed Love (1979)

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Made by Manoel de Oliveira, the Portuguese cinema’s leading figure, Amor de Perição is undoubtedly one of the most original films made in the last decade, but its riches are difficult to capture in a few sentences. Based on a famous novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, it centers on several love affairs, notably between the offspring of antagonistic noble families, and shows how social and moral laws conspire to defeat the lovers. Read More »

Rita Azevedo Gomes – A Portuguesa AKA The Portuguese Woman (2018) (HD)

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North of Italy, the von Ketten dispute the forces of the Episcopate of Trent. Herr Ketten seeks marriage in a distant country, Portugal. After their honeymoon journey back home, Ketten leaves again for the war. Eleven years elapsed… Rumours are running about the presence of that ‘foreign’ in the castle. Some say she’s a heretic. Until one day, the Bishop of Trento ends up dying and, with the signature of peace, falls the background of von Ketten’s life. Will the Portuguese win, where death seems to be moving in? Read More »