Portuguesa

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A Portuguesa

The Portuguese Woman

Rita Azevedo Gomes
P, 2018
Features, 136min, OmeU

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A Portuguesa

Rita Azevedo Gomes
P, 2018
Features, 136min, OmeU

Mit: 
Clara Riedenstein
Portuguese Woman
Marcello Urgeghe
Von Ketten
Ingrid Caven
Wanderin
Joao Vicente
Pero Lobato
Pierre Léon
alter Diener
Drehbuch: 
Agustina Bessa-Luís
Rita Azevedo Gomes
Ton: 
Olivier Blanc
Kamera: 
Acácio de Almeida
Schnitt: 
Rita Azevedo Gomes
Musik: 
José Mário Branco
Ausstattung: 
Roberta Azevedo Gomes
Kostüm: 
Rute Correia

Produktion: 
Basilisco Filmes
Dupla Cena
Weltvertrieb: 
Basilisco Filmes
Format: 
DCP
Farbe

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.

 

Rita Azevedo Gomes: THE SOUND OF THE EARTH SHAKING (1990), CINEMA GOES TO THE THEATRE (1996), INTROMISSIONS: CONGRATULATIONS MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA (1998), KING ARTHUR (1999), FRAGILE AS THE WORLD (2001), ALTAR (2003), THE CONQUEST OF FARO (2005), THE 15TH STONE (2007), THE INVISIBLE COLLECTION (2009), A WOMAN’S REVENGE (2011), CORRESPONDENCES (2016)