Category Archives: Portugal

“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 brief look at “Linhas de Wellington” [2012 Portugal]

The Franco-Portuguese history drama “Linhas de Wellington” [Eng. Title: Lines of Wellington] is based on events surrounding the Peninsular War of the Napoleonic era, when British forces under Wellington helped Portugal defend its territory against invading French forces. When … Continue reading

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A brief review of Werner Schroeter’s “Nuit de chien” [2008 Germany, Portugal, France]

Werner Schroeter was an important director of the Neuer Deutscher Film (New German Cinema). He was also an influence on R W Fassbinder, who considered him an artistic equal. It is easy to see why – they both shared … Continue reading

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