Category Archives: Portuguese Cinema

“Morning Interim: Illicit Diagrams” [2017 Portugal, United Kingdom]

Ever the experimenter, João Paulo Simões loves to play with form and narrative in his films, and his ongoing anthology, “Morning Interim” is one such exercise that has generated interest from not only the art crowd, but also fellow … Continue reading

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A brief review: “A Costa dos Murmúrios” [2004 Portugal]

Margarida Cardoso’s maiden feature “A Costa dos Murmúrios” [Eng. Title: The Murmuring Coast] uses the backdrop of Portugal’s early struggles at holding on to its empire in Africa, to study a couple’s relationship that begins full of promise but falters as … Continue reading

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Morning Interim: “The Safe House” [2016 Portugal, UK]

João Paulo Simões’s anthology “The Morning Interim” is a series of experimental short films exploring ‘the darker side’ using a combination of abstract motifs and atmosphere. The first in this series, “The Safe House” pertains to a woman (Helena … Continue reading

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A nod to the French New Wave: “A Bruta Flor do Querer” [2013 Brazil]

Dida Andrade and Andradina Azevedo script, direct, and star in their independent debut feature, “A Bruta Flor do Querer” [Eng. Title: The Savage Flower of Desire, aka Deep Blue Dream] about life and prospects for youth in a competitive … Continue reading

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Survival instinct: “Bufo & Spallanzani” [2001, Brazil]

Wishing you all a happy 2017!
 
Flávio Tambellini’s thriller “Bufo & Spallanzani” is a dramatisation of popular Brazilian novelist Rubem Fonseca’s novel by the same. The title alludes to tortuous experiments conducted by an Italian scientist – Spallanzani, to study … Continue reading

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