Our Beloved Month of August
Our Beloved Month of August is a 2008 Portuguese film directed by Miguel Gomes. As of 31 October 2008, the film has grossed more than €89,000, it won the Critics Award at the 2008 São Paulo International Film Festival. At the 2008 Valdivia International Film Festival it won the Critics Award and the award for Best Film, it was the Portuguese submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the 81st Academy Awards. Our Beloved Month of August on IMDb
Blood of My Blood (2011 film)
Blood of My Blood is a 2011 Portuguese drama film directed by João Canijo. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, among others, it was the most commercially successful film of the year in Portugal. The film was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards Rafael Morais as Joca Fialho Rita Blanco as Márcia Fialho Cleia Almeida as Cláudia Filipa Fialho Anabela Moreira as Ivete Fialho Marcello Urgeghe as Dr. Alberto Vieira Francisco Tavares as César Chaves Fernando Luís as Hélder Nuno Lopes as Telmo Sobral Beatriz Batarda as Maria da Luz Toronto International Film Festival... Canada Miami International Film Festival... USA Palm Springs International Film Festival... USA AFI Fest... USA Chicago International Film Festival... USA Austin Film Festival... USA Seattle International Film Festival...
USA San Sebastian International Film Festival... Spain Busan Film Festival... South Korea Edinburgh Film Festival... UK Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival... Brazil Torino Film Festival... Italy Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema... Argentine La Rochelle... France Leeds Film Festival... UK Hamburg Film Festival... Germany Pau Film Festival... France Linz Film Festival... Austria Barcelona Film Festival... Spain Istanbul International Film Festival... Turkey Panama International Film Festival... Panama Transilvania International Film Festival... Romania Oaxaca Film Fest... Mexico Skopje Film Festival... Macedonia Berlin Film Festival... Germany List of submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Portuguese submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Sangue do Meu Sangue on IMDb
Paulo Branco is a Portuguese film producer. Paulo Branco was born in Lisbon, attended the undergraduate program in chemical engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico but he did not graduate, he started to work at the Cinémas Olyimpic, with Frederic Miterrand, in 1974, started his career as a producer in 1979 between Paris and Lisbon. So far, he has produced over 300 films and has worked with film directors such as David Cronenberg, Jerzy Skolimowski, Wim Wenders, Chantal Akerman, Alain Tanner, Werner Schroeter, André Téchiné, Andrzej Zulawski, Christophe Honoré, Olivier Assayas, Sharunas Bartas, Cédric Kahn, Lucas Belvaux, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi, João César Monteiro, Paul Auster, Philippe Garrel, Mathieu Amalric… among many others, his career has been branded with an intense collaboration, during more than 20 years, with Raúl Ruiz and with Manoel de Oliveira. He has been member of the jury at the Berlinale, at Venice’s Mostra, at the Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2011, he was foreman of the jury at the Locarno Film Festival.
Paulo Branco is well known as the producer who has had the greatest number of films selected at Cannes Film Festival and the greatest number of films having competed for the Golden Palm. He presented 53 films in Cannes - 27 of which in Official Selection - and brought 48 films to the Venice Film Festival, he created several production and distribution companies in Portugal - Madragoa Filmes, Leopardo Filmes, Clap Filmes - where he owns movie theatres and in France: Les Films du Passage, Gemini Films, Alfama Films. Established in 2006, Alfama Films Production extends Paulo Branco’s commitment for independent cinema with directors he’s been supporting for a long time but with emerging talents, always taking on new challenges like Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. In just a few years, it has built an impressive film catalogue welcomed in the most important festivals. Lines of Wellington by Valeria Sarmiento was presented in competition at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. Cosmopolis was selected in the official competition of Cannes in 2012.
Mysteries of Lisbon by Raúl Ruiz was selected in competition at Toronto’s and San Sebastian’s Festival and blood by Fanny Ardant was presented Out of competition in the Official Selection of Cannes 2009, This Night by Werner Schroeter was in competition in Venice 2008. Four Nights with Anna by Jerzy Skolimowski did the opening of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in 2008. Love Songs by Christophe Honoré was selected in the official competition of Cannes 2007. Alfama Films has been developing its activities of theatrical distribution, international sales and video edition. Paulo Branco is President of the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, event that he founded in 2007.. He is the father of Juan Branco. 1997: Europa Award of the European Parliament 1998: Gabriela Mistral Order of the Republic of Chile 2002: Raimondo Rezzonico Award of the Locarno Film Festival 2004: Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic Paulo Branco on IMDb
Tabu (2012 film)
Tabu is a 2012 Portuguese independent black-and-white drama film directed by Miguel Gomes, the title of which references F. W. Murnau's silent film of the same name; the film competed at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer Award and The International Federation of Film Critics prizes. PrologueA narrator, Miguel Gomes himself, reads in voice-over a poetic and philosophical text that invokes a legend in which the Creator orders, but the heart commands: the suicide of an intrepid explorer who, somewhere in Africa, long ago, plunges into a turbid river after a frustrated love affair and is devoured by a crocodile. Many swear they have seen a beautiful woman and a sad crocodile on the riverbank and that the two share a mysterious empathy. Part 1—Paradise LostThree disparate women dwell in an old building in Lisbon. Aurora, an octogenarian living off her pension, eccentric and superstitious, seeming more dead than alive, Santa, her housemaid from Cape Verde, live at the same apartment.
Santa is proficient in the divinatory art of voodoo. Pilar, their neighbor and friend, a Catholic middle-aged woman, militant social benefactor, involves herself in their psychodramas. Pilar has another friend, a romantic painter in love, a gentleman who insists on offering her tacky pieces of art, but Pilar is more concerned with Aurora: with Aurora's solitude, with her frequent escapes to the casino. She is more worried about Santa, with her long silences and devil arts. Santa thinks it better to take care of oneself without annoying others. Something else concerns the old lady: understanding she will die soon, she feels someone is missing her, someone her friends have never heard about: Gian-Luca Ventura. So she asks Pilar to find him, she succeeds in doing so and the man appears. He is a disturbed man, from Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony. Another story emerges, beginning: "Aurora had a farm in Africa at the foothill of Mount Tabu..." Part 2—ParadiseFlashback: The story of Aurora’s life, told by Gian-Luca Ventura in voice over.
This part takes place shortly. In 1960s Portuguese Africa and her husband live together near the Tabu Mountain, she is a skilled hunter, never missing a shot. She owns a gift from her husband, which moves around the house as a pet. One day, the animal runs away; the pregnant Aurora finds it in Ventura’s house, where they consummate their existing mutual attraction. Gian-Luca confides in his friend, about the affair. Mario demands that Gian-Luca end the affair and when he is ignored, the two start fighting; the pregnant Aurora picks up a revolver and shoots and kills Mario. She gives birth to a girl. Two days Gian-Luca leaves Africa for good. Teresa Madruga as Pilar Laura Soveral as Old Aurora Ana Moreira as Young Aurora Henrique Espírito Santo as Old Ventura Carloto Cotta as Young Ventura Isabel Muñoz Cardoso as Santa Ivo Müller as Aurora's Husband Manuel Mesquita as Mário Miguel Gomes as Narrator Tabu is the Portuguese film with the widest international distribution as of 2012 and the fifth from Portugal to be commercially released in New York, after The Art of Amalia by Bruno de Almeida, O Fantasma by João Pedro Rodrigues and, in 2011, The Strange Case of Angelica by Manoel de Oliveira and Mists by Ricardo Costa.
Critic Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian awarded Tabu four of five stars, called the film "a gem: gentle, possessed of a distinctive sort of innocence—and charming and funny." But in his review of Tabu, New York Times critic A. O. Scott faults the director for glossing over the issues of colonialism in the film in favor of simple aestheticism. "Unlike other recent European films, Tabu views colonialism as an aesthetic opportunity rather than a political or moral problem," wrote Scott. "It is full of longing—hedged, self-conscious, but palpable all the same—for a vanished way of life, in contrast to which contemporary reality seems drab and numb." This view was not shared by The New Yorker's critic Richard Brody, who wrote, "Gomes sees the predatory injustices of colonial life as a sort of Wild West of anarchic self-indulgence and self-reinvention... Nothing suggests nostalgia for or ambivalence about Portugal's colonial empire." Brody called Tabu "one of the most original and inventive—as well as trenchantly political and painfully romantic—movies of recent years".
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a "certified fresh" approval rating of 87% based on 54 reviews, an average rating of 7.9/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Sight & Sound film magazine listed it at #2 on its list of best films of 2012. In 2016, the film was ranked among the 100 greatest films since 2000 in an international poll of 177 critics. List of black-and-white films produced since 1970 Tabu on IMDb Tabu at Rotten Tomatoes
I'm Going Home (film)
I'm Going Home is a 2001 French-Portuguese film written and directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Gilbert Valence is a grand old theatre actor who receives the shocking news that his wife and son-in-law have been killed in a car accident; as time passes, Valence busies himself with his daily life in Paris, turning down unsuitable roles in low-brow television productions and looking after his 9-year-old grandson. When an American filmmaker miscasts him in an ill-conceived adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses, Valence finds himself compelled to make a decision about his life. Michel Piccoli - Gilbert Valence Catherine Deneuve - Marguerite John Malkovich - John Crawford, Film Director Antoine Chappey - George Leonor Baldaque - Sylvia Leonor Silveira - Marie Ricardo Trêpa - Guard Jean-Michel Arnold - Doctor Adrien de Van - Ferdinand Sylvie Testud - Ariel Isabel Ruth - Milkmaid Andrew Wale - Stephen Robert Dauney - Haines Jean Koeltgen - Serge Mauricette Gourdon - Guilhermine, the Housekeeper In the review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has 96% with 52 reviews.
It was one of the films in competition for the Palme d'Or in the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Critics Award for Best Film at the 2001 São Paulo International Film Festival and the Golden Anchor Award at the 2002 Haifa International Film Festival, it won the Globo de Ouro for Best Film at the 2002 Globos de Ouro. Michel Piccoli was nominated for Best Actor at the 2001 European Film Awards. "Always good to see Michel Piccoli - in Manoel de Oliveira's film he plays a grand old stage actor who has lost his family few cameras stare so intently at things as de Oliveira's, the long excerpts he films from Ionesco and The Tempest are frankly de trop, but this patient detailing of an actor's life has a fascination akin to watching a sun disappear beneath the horizon." I'm Going Home at AllMovie Je rentre à la maison on IMDb
Vítor Norte is a Portuguese actor and voice actor. He was born in Borba in Portugal, he won the Portuguese Golden Globe award for best actor three times. In 2002, he appeared in, won, season 2 of the Portuguese reality television show Celebrity Big Brother. Vitor left the Escola Industrial e Comercial de Estremoz, to settle in Lisbon, when he was seventeen, he had multiple jobs, including secretarial work. He had classic ballet classes with Ana Mascollo, did mimics workshops in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, began his work as an actor in the Casa da Comédia. During the Portuguese Colonial War, he was called to do his military service and he was for two years in Guinea Bissau. From his career in the theatre, its to be noticed the participation in Ay Carmela from the author José Sanchis Sinisterra, directed by Xosé Blanco Gil in Teatro Ibérico, he started on TV in Vila Faia, after which there has been lots of work in series and mini-series like Rua Sésamo - The Sesame Street-, Alentejo Sem Lei, Os Melhores Anos, O Bairro da Fonte or Capitão Roby.
With a regular presence in the cinema, he began in 1982 of Luís Galvão Telles. Collaborated with directors like Jorge Silva Melo, Luís Alvarães or José Fonseca e Costa, whom would direct Vitor in Cinco Dias, Cinco Noites, one of his most significant performances. With the same director he did A Mulher do Próximo, Os Cornos de Cronos and O Fascínio. To be noticed No Dia dos Meus Anos by João Botelho, Ao Sul by Fernando Matos Silva, Sapatos Pretos by João Canijo, Jaime by António Pedro Vasconcelos, Respirar Debaixo de Água by António Ferreira, O Gotejar da Luz by Fernando Vendrell, A Mulher Polícia by Joaquim Sapinho, Tarde Demais and Os Lobos by José Nascimento, he was distinguished with two Golden Globes in the Best Cinema Actor in 1999. He received in 1996 the Troféu Nova Gente as Best Actor for his performance in Cinco Dias, Cinco Noites by Fonseca e Costa. Vitor has two children and Sara Norte. Vítor Norte on IMDb
Zona J is a 1998 Portuguese film, directed by Leonel Vieira. In 1999, it won 2 Globos de Ouro awards – an event organized by SIC, one of the production companies behind the film. Zona J on IMDb