Miguel Gomes

Country : Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France
Year : 2012
Length : 1h57
Genre : Fiction
Information : N&B / Vostf

Screenplay : Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo 
Cinematography : Rui Poças
Editing : Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes
Sound : Vasco Pimentel
Production Design : Bruno Duarte
Producers : Luis Urbano, Sandro Aguilar 

Cast : Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Henrique Espirito Santo, Carloto Cotta, Isabel Cardoso, Ivo Müller, Manuel Mesquita

Production : O Som e a Furia, Shellac, Komplizen Film, Gullane
Distribution : Shellac Distribution 

 

Synopsis

A temperamental old woman, her Cape Verdean maid and a devoted neighbour to social causes, live on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment building. When the old lady dies, the other two learn of an episode from her past: a tale of love and crime, set in an Africa straight from the world of adventure films.

Miguel Gomes (chiefly discovered in France with Ce cher mois d'août) seems to reinventes cinema. As simple as that. Mixing together an intimate story with the big story (the history of Portugal) while never forgetting the evocative power of cinema. Magnificent black and white shots and sound landscapes are used in the service of melancholy and poetry in order to tell this story of lost love and the end of Portuguese colonialism. 

Miguel Gomes

Miguel Gomes studied film at the School of Theatre & Cinema (ESTC). He worked as a critic for the Portuguese press and published a number of academic articles on cinema before directing his first short film, Entretanto, in 1999. In 2004, he completed his first feature film La gueule que tu mérites, a poetic evocation, dreamlike and off-beat, somewhere between fable and fairytale. In 2008, followed Ce cher mois d'août, a human painting and choral of summer at the heart of Portugal, a mix of mountains, celebrations, lazing around and unexpected encounters.

Filmography

La Gueule que tu mérites (2004), Ce cher mois d'août (2008), Tabou (2012)

 

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