Tag Archives: Portuguese

Jorge Jácome – Flores (2017)

In a natural crisis scenario, the entire population of Azores is forced to evict due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in these islands. Two young soldiers, bound to the beauty of the landscape, guide us to the stories of sadness of those forced to leave and the inherent desire to resist by inhabiting the islands. The filmic wandering becomes a nostalgic and political reflection on territorial belonging and identity, and the roles we assume in the places we came from. Read More »

Manoel de Oliveira – O Dia do Desespero AKA The Day of Despair (1992)

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In 1992 Oliveira made O Dia do Desespero, which deals with the last days and suicide of Romantic novelist Camilo Castelo Branco and is based largely on the writer’s letters. Most of it was filmed in the house where Castelo Branco in fact committed suicide. The film opens, midway through the credits, with a 50-second static shot of a pen-and-ink portrait of the writer. Other portraits, always shot with a static camera, punctuate the film’s narrative, lending it a documentary tone from the outset. Read More »

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade – Garrincha – Alegria do Povo AKA Garrincha: Joy of the People AKA Garrincha: Hero of the Jungle (1963)

The legendary Cinema Novo director Joaquim Pedro de Andrade made his feature debut with this mesmerizing 1962 documentary about an even greater Brazilian legend: Mane Garrincha, the phenomenal striker from a desperately poor village who somehow turned his bent and misshapen knees into a remarkable asset. Joaquim Pedro’s work has the hallmarks of an essay film. It makes the methodical case for the role of soccer in the lives of Brazilians, and then tries to place Garrincha — who stuck to his provincial roots and beliefs even after achieving superstardom — within the context of a country struggling to find its place in the world.
— Bilge Ebiri (The Village Voice) Read More »

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade – O Aleijadinho AKA The Little Cripple (1978)

A brief piece on one of the greatest Brazilian artists of all time, Antônio Francisco Lisboa, the Aleijadinho. An important representant of the Baroque period in Brazil, Aleijadinho was famous for his artistic sculptures and figures made in soapstone, part of the many historical churches and other architetural monuments all located in Minas Gerais. Read More »

Fernando Campos & Paulo Gil Soares – Um Homem e Sua Jaula AKA A Man and His Cage (1969)

Based on the novel ‘Matéria de Memória’ of Carlos Heitor Cony, it tells the story of a widowed man who maintains ambiguous relations with his mother-in-law, who lives in the same house. Then he decides to lock himself in the room, reviving memory through old letters and photographs. An absolute rarity. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Mistérios de Lisboa AKA Mysteries of Lisbon [TV version] (2010)

Synopsis
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. Read More »

Neville de Almeida – Jardim de Guerra (1970)

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Edson is having an affair with actress Maria do Rosário, who dreams of being a movie director. So he tries to get some easy money for her film, but is arrested and meets a police torturer instead. Read More »