Portuguesa

V'19

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

Tue
05
Nov 19
18:30
Urania
Wed
06
Nov 19
13:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
Screenplay: 
Agustina Bessa-Luís
Rita Azevedo Gomes
Sound: 
Olivier Blanc
Camera: 
Acácio de Almeida
Editor: 
Rita Azevedo Gomes
Composer: 
José Mário Branco
Decoration: 
Roberta Azevedo Gomes
Costume: 
Rute Correia

Production: 
Basilisco Filmes
Dupla Cena
World Sales: 
Basilisco Filmes
Format: 
DCP
Color

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)