Category Archives: Portugal

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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Reflections on Portuguese History – ‘Non’, ou A Vã Glória de Mandar [1990 Portugal]

Apart from being the most revered director in Portugal, Manoel de Oliveira must surely also be the granddad among all veterans – he started making films in 1931, and is still going strong at the time of writing. That’s … Continue reading

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“Tabu”, and Paradise Lost in Colonial Africa [2012 Portugal]

Rest assured, a lot of us will get to hear about one Miguel Gomes in coming years – an impressive and insightful young director from Portugal. I say so, despite having seen only the latest of his three features … Continue reading

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