Luís Miguel Cintra

  • Manoel de Oliveira – Inquietude aka Anxiety (1998)

    1991-2000ArthouseDramaManoel de OliveiraPortugal

    Inquietude, also known as Anxiety, is a movie in three parts; a one-act play, a short story, and a fable, bringing them all together brilliantly. It may seem talky at first, but there is some genuine thought going on behind the talk, and some of the images are gorgeous.Read More »

  • João Botelho – Aqui na Terra AKA Here on Earth (1993)

    1991-2000ArthouseCultJoão BotelhoPortugal

    Miguel is a successful economist until his father’s death plunges him into a strange obscure world of fears, strange sounds and psychological isolation. He quits his job, drifts away from his wife and initiates a process of physical disintegration. He will reach the bottom before he starts seeing the light. As an echo to his journey, we follow, faraway in the countryside, the story of a crime and its redemption, the story of Antonio and Cecilia. From death to the miracle of life, here on earth.Read More »

  • Manoel de Oliveira – O Convento AKA The Convent (1995)

    Manoel de Oliveira1991-2000ArthouseDramaPortugal

    The story centers on the unconventional American professor, Michael Padovic, and his stunningly beautiful wife, Helene, who journey to an eerie Portuguese convent to prove that Shakespeare was, in reality, a Jewish Spaniard. They journey to the spooky old convent of Arrabida where they are housed by the sophisticated, but rather creepy guardian of the monastery, Baltar, who immediately seems attracted to Helene. In order to spend more time with her, Baltar arranges for Michael to spend all his time in the convent’s great library; he is assisted by a beautiful young librarian. It is the wicked Baltar who tries to tempt Michael (in the way that Mephistopheles tempted Faust) into becoming immortal through his research and writing.Read More »

  • Jean-Charles Fitoussi – Les jours où je n’existe pas AKA The days when I do not exist (2002)

    Jean-Charles Fitoussi2001-2010ArthouseDramaFrance

    A story that mixes fantasy, philosophy and everyday reality. The problem with Antoine Martin is that he only exists one day out of two. And it is from this circumstance so personal that he meets Clémentine, a girl who lives full time. All this will only deepen his anguish.Read More »

  • Paulo Rocha – O Desejado ou As Montanhas da Lua AKA Les montagnes de la lune (1987)

    Paulo Rocha1981-1990ArthouseCultPortugal

    This visually striking drama is taken from the classic Japanese novel Tales Of Genji by Marasaki Shikibu. Set in modern Portugal, Joao (Luis Miguel Cintra) is a left-wing political leader and ladies man with a bright future. His ex-wife Isabel (Manuela de Freitas) both loves and hates him as Joao plays on her wavering emotional state. He is sent to Italy to retrieve wayward family member Antonia (Caroline Chaniolleau), the beautiful young woman with a terrorist boyfriend. Joao is forced to recognize his feelings as the political and amorous climate changes around him.Read More »

  • Paulo Rocha – A Ilha dos Amores AKA The Island of Love (1982)

    Paulo Rocha1981-1990ArthouseDramaPortugal

    The film traces the life and times of Wenceslau de Moraes (b. Lisbon 1854, d. Tokushima 1929), the great Portuguese writer who lived in the Far East. 1891: Moraes breaks with his mistress and leaves Portugal for Macao, never to return. 1895: While in Macao, he becomes fascinated by Japan, leaving his Chinese wife and their two children. 1912: Moraes is living and writing in Robe, in the south of Japan, as Portuguese Consul, with his Japanese wife Oyone. 1913-16: Deeply affected by the death of Oyone, Moraes quits his post and goes to live in poverty, near the tomb of his wife. However, he soon becomes involved with a young niece of Oyone’s, Ko-Haru, who eventually dies of tuberculosis. 1916-29: Moraes is transformed into a ghostly figure, wandering at night around the graves of Oyone and Ko-Haru. He writes his most mature works at this time, while his literary fame continues to grow in Portugal. 1929: Moraes dies under obscure circumstances.Read More »

  • Pablo Llorca – Días color naranja (2016)

    2011-2020Pablo LlorcaPoliticsRomanceSpain

    yjafjalla, the Icelandic volcano, has erupted. The European air traffic collapses. Álvaro has to interrupt his flight to Madrid. He decides to continue by train, starting his trip in Athens. He knows a group of people doing interrail; Berta, a young Swedish girl, among them. Álvaro initiates in a world full of new things for him: the pleasure of travelling by train, the parties at the youth hostels, love in a Croatian island…Read More »

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

    1991-2000ArthouseDramaManoel de OliveiraPortugal

    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 »

  • Manoel de Oliveira – A Caixa aka Blind Man’s Bluff (1994)

    1991-2000ComedyDramaManoel de OliveiraPortugal

    One of Manoel de Oliveira’s masterpieces, A Caixa (The Box) / Blind Man’s Bluff is an adaptation, in parable form, of a play of the same name by Prista Monteiro.
    The action takes place around a flight of steps in a poor neighbourhood and is about the final misadventure of an old Blind Man who has yet again been robbed of the official alms box with which he earns is living. His daughter, besides doing the house work, wears herself out taking in washing. Her companion, an unemployed lay-about like many of his friends, lives off the Blind Man’s box which has just been stolen for the second time.Read More »

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