Portugal

Manoel de Oliveira – Party (1996)

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The battle of the sexes? The forces of despair and seduction? On S. Miguel in the Azores, Rogério, a young man with old money, and his enigmatic wife Leonor host a garden party at their villa. The intriguing guests are an older unmarried couple, the philosophical and observant Irene, and Michel, a roué;. While Rogério and Irene talk, Michel and Leonor go down to the sea. The conversations upset Rogério and capture Leonor’s imagination. Five years later, the four dine at the villa. Michel and Leonor again leave the other two. Intentions and undercurrents are subtle. One of the four proves strong, one weak, and two must choose. Wind and rain bring down the curtain on both acts. Read More »

Paulo Rocha – Os Verdes Anos AKA The Green Years (1963)

Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives there in a poor area with his uncle Raul and starts working as an apprentice shoemaker. At the shop, he gets to know Ilda, a young housemaid and regular customer. Ilda is pretty, joyful and modern and Julio falls for her. Read More »

Ann Guedes & Eduardo Guedes – Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale (1989)

Johnny Fortune is no good to anyone, not mean, but just no good. To escape Casino bosses
who want him for stealing money, he flees to England. He gets a job dressed as a bear for
Punch & Judy shows, which is an effective disguise. But when the Casino thugs track him
down it’s up to his two resourceful bosses to help him. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – The Territory (1981)

A small group of well-to-do vacationers go on a hiking trip into the woods. Foolishly unprepared to deal with Mother Nature and their situation, they wander around lost for days and weeks, becoming more and more fatigued, hungry, and desperate. A brief encounter with a pair of epicureans on a bridge fails to garner them any of the gluttons’ feast due to a language barrier. Eventually their party begins to die, and the survivors ration their meat among them, attaching a religious-type ritual to its dispensation. Read More »

Luís Filipe Rocha – Cinzento e Negro AKA Grey and Black (2015)

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Cinzento e Negro tells the story of David, who steals a lot of money from an old man and escapes to the Azores, where he begins a new life and falls in love with a lonesome local woman named Marina. But no crime goes without punishment, and the couple will soon be chased by a former colleague of David’s, Maria, and a policeman, Lucas (Filipe Duarte), who wish to recover the stolen money and keep it for themselves. Read More »

Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt – Palácios de Pena AKA Palaces of Pity (2011)

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Haunted by their own directionless lives, two pre-adolescent girls reunite while visiting their ailing grandmother. In the midst of her fantasies of a medieval past – one consumed by fear and desire – the two girls are transformed and confront a legacy of oppression. Read More »

João César Monteiro – Recordações da Casa Amarela AKA Recollections of the Yellow House (1989)

Synopsis:
This quirky Portuguese comedy won a silver lion at the 1989 Venice Film Festival. The story concerns the irrepressible Joao de Deus (played by the director, Joao Cesar Monteiro), an ill-kempt, lusty and none-too-honest resident of Violeta’s boarding house, which happens to have yellow walls. Joao, who has no visible means of support, is in his fifties, and is not above cadging money from his 70 year old mother, who still works as a cleaning lady. He has a wistful sort of lust for the young ladies in the boarding house, and gets a kind of thrill when he is permitted to take a bath in their used water. Read More »