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THE PORTUGUESE NUN

Portugal, 2009 (MIFF 2010, International Panorama)

Director: Eugène Green

Fate and the metaphysical intervene in the life of a lost actress.

A film-within-a-film is the catalyst for life-changing events in this homage to prolific filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira from Eugène Green (Le Pont des Arts, MIFF 2005). Strange and ephemeral encounters and lingering shots of the picturesque Lisbon city-scape - fans of Green could ask for nothing more.

When actress Julie breaks up with her boyfriend and travels to Lisbon to appear in a film based on Guilleragues's Letters of a Portuguese Nun, her encounter with a real portuguese nun becomes a meeting with destiny.

With sly humour and deep philosophy, The Portuguese Nun follows a woman's gradual journey to self-discovery.

D/S Eugène Green P Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar WS O Som e a Fúria L Portuguese, French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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