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Films From Portugal

"One of 2013's most thrillingly virtuoso filmmaking achievements." – Hollywood Reporter ... The closing night film of the 2013 Cannes Critics' Week is actually three films in one: a triptych exploring 3D and its evolution in the world of cinema, with one film each from Peter Greenaway ... Read more
Eccentric and disquieting, this film follows two cynical and worldly young Europeans (played by the film's directors) who travel to Latin America seeking pure exotic sensuality in the third world. Unprepared for and gradually disenchanted with their metaphorical journey, their jungle encounter with ... Read more
Returning from military service in Angola, a young Portuguese fisherman learns that his girl, in the absence of news from him, has married his brother. He is obliged to accept the situation and takes up with another girl who seeks any available means to free herself of poverty, which includes theft. Read more
“I'm a different woman now. I'm not the same woman who needed to be in love with one man to make love with another.” Thirty-nine years after Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriére shocked audiences with Belle de Jour, Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira revitalises the character of ... Read more
This colour film deals with the various stages of Our Lord's Passion as revealed in the most representative works of the Portuguese painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. ... Read more
Life is the journey, life is the enigma. ... At 99 years old, veteran filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira (Belle Toujours, MIFF 07) returns to MIFF with Christopher Columbus - The Enigma, a romanticised blending of fact and fiction exploring the origins of the great mariner. Travelling back and forth ... Read more
La Ville Les Pirates stunned the Venice Film Festival with its breathtaking imagery and bloodthirsty relationship between a murderous child and the woman who may be his mother. Between Anne Alvaro, a noted stage actress here making her screen debut, and another murderer who has taken refuge on ... Read more
“It's no exaggeration to say that Colossal Youth was the single most divisive film at Cannes in 2006.” - LA Weekly ... Mining material from his films Bones and In Vanda's Room, filmmaker Pedro Costa revisits the Cape Verdean slums of Lisbon to create this cascading semi-documentary whittled ... Read more
A lively documentary impression of the port of Oporto. The film owes something to the Soviet classics and the French avantgarde, yet remained essentially Portuguese and is noted for its photography and editing. The director later made Anaki Bobo. ... Read more
“All the evil in the world comes from the fact we care about one another.” ... Now in his 100th year, the world's oldest working filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira brings another great work to MIFF after last year's Christopher Columbus - The Enigma and 2007's Belle Toujours. ... Based on a short ... Read more
Encounter the music from Portugal that is conquering the world. ... Fado, the Portugese national song of passion, sorrow and remembrance born from the slums of 19th-century Lisbon, is the subject of Carlos Saura's (Flamenco, Tango) haunting and memorable film. Shot entirely on a sound stage with ... Read more
“[Juliet] Binoche is charmingly convincing as a sophisticated French female James Bond who speaks several languages, is handy with an automatic and has kept a pet turtle longer than she keeps her men.” - Hollywood Reporter A secret service agent finds herself attempting to reunite one of her ... Read more
This stylised documentary from the (always art) House of Akerman is the product of the director's travels from East Germany to Moscow shot over some six months. Without the conventional documentary techniques of voiceover, commentary or even inter-titles, From The East makes the most of striking ... Read more
"Every shot is a tour de force of precision that leans toward pure hallucination." - Cinema Scope ... At the age of 104, the indefatigable Manoel de Oliveira (The Strange Case of Angelica, MIFF 2010) is the world's oldest filmmaker: a veritable living legend who made his first film in the silent ... Read more
"Chris Marker, James Bond, film noir, B-movies, sci-fi. [We] like to see the film as being influenced by all of them, but also as if we started from zero." – filmmakers João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata ... For the first time, two of Portugal's most eclectic ... Read more
A film of an art exhibition which aimed at giving Portuguese children the opportunity of showing their impression of life around them. ... Read more
To those familiar with the extensive array of films by Jon Jost, he is a figurehead, a pioneer amongst independent and experimental filmmakers. Jost is a one-man crew. With camera in hand, he has constantly toyed with cinematic aesthetics and politics, carving a singular niche. ... London Brief is ... Read more
Our anti-hero reclines on his banana lounger, drinks, smokes and harasses his girlfriend. You don't need familiarity with this poem, or any Bukowski, to appreciate the Beat sensibility. ... Read more
Originally created for the Jeonju International Film Festival's Digital Project, Memories is a short film triptych from three very different European directors. German Harun Farocki's Respite is an original take on the Holocaust using black and white footage of inmates at a concentration camp ... Read more
The debut feature of Margarida Cardoso is a beautifully nuanced film about love, power, subordination and pride. ... Young bride Evita arrives in an African colony coastal town to spend her honeymoon with Luis, who's stationed there as part of his Portuguese national service. The day she arrives ... Read more
"Raúl Ruiz's head-spinning Mysteries of Lisbon is a period drama of contemporary import - and of the highest order." - Variety ... The fate of a dozen characters intertwine over three decades, as one man's journey to find his parents takes him on a continent-spanning odyssey in Mysteries of ... Read more
“The film is a sensorial exaltation… feast on the liquescent black and white cinematography, while Jeanne Balibar purrs her way through the recording and performing of an ensemble of musical pieces stretching from Offenbach to the synth-pop present day.” - Senses of Cinema ... Born from a ... Read more
Odete screened at the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, 2005, where it won a Special Mention. ... With Odete, filmmaker João Pedro Rodriguez asks, “Can we survive the loss of our loved ones by nourishing on dreams?” His film about grief, loneliness, desperation and ... Read more
A richly symbolic, absurdly comic parable of Portugal's historical burden of guilt and oppression. ... Winners of the Best Experimental Short at MIFF 11 for A History of Mutual Respect, directors Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt return with a genre-defying film following two teenagers and their ... Read more
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