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A Portuguesa

The Portuguese Woman
Rita Azevedo Gomes
P 2018
136min
V'19

In den Wäldern von Trento, an Ruinengemäuer gelehnt, singt Ingrid Caven inbrünstig Minnelieder. Vom Walther-von-der-Vogelweide-Score bis zum mittelalterlichen Naturschauplatz ist A PORTUGUESA (nach der Erzählung von Musil) zugleich reduziert und exzentrisch. Die titelgebende Portugiesin hat der Herr von Ketten auf seine Burg geholt, um sich trotz ihrer Anmut gleich wieder auf den Weg in die Schlacht zu machen. Der Friedensschluss wird seine größte Krise werden. Gomes erzählt geduldig von den Wartejahren ihrer Heldin, die sich weder dem Schicksal, noch dem zurückgekehrten Mann ergeben will. (Robert Weixlbaumer)

In Anwesenheit von Rita Azevedo Gomes.

 

In Rita Azevedo Gomes’ A PORTUGUESA, war and love are the absolute values that define the conflict between man and woman. The film is an adaptation of a short story by Robert Musil, as filtered through the spirit of Agustina Bessa-Luis, frequent collaborator of Manoel de Oliveira. Clara Riedenstein plays the enigmatic, unnamed, obstinate, and intelligent protagonist – a woman who, after marrying von Ketten, travels to his country and spends eleven years waiting for his return from war. A PORTUGUESA is a film about patience, stoicism, and strategy that puts in crisis the very notion of action. With magnificent sound design, and shot in long takes that favour depth of field and the careful organisation of props and figures, the film pays great attention to colour, texture, and light. Azevedo Gomes avoids many clichés of the costume drama: instead of palace intrigues, the film tackles mystery at its fullest; animals are everywhere, triggering the most extreme emotions; there’s a sharp critique of power and religion, while the film relishes in its rituals and ceremonies; and there are many turbulent, subterranean currents, from carnal love to the devil’s hand. (Cristina Álvarez López)

In the presence of Rita Azevedo Gomes.

 

Credits
  • Rita Azevedo Gomes
  • Agustina Bessa-Luís
  • Olivier Blanc
  • Acácio de Almeida
  • Rita Azevedo Gomes
  • José Mário Branco
  • Roberta Azevedo Gomes
  • Rute Correia
  • Portuguese Woman
  • Wanderin
  • Pero Lobato
  • alter Diener
  • Von Ketten
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