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Tabu

Tabu
Director: Miguel Gomes

Portugal, Germany, Brasil, France, 2012, drama, 110 min, portuguese with english and lithuanian subtitles, T
The film enters the lives of three women living on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment building. Aurora (Laura Soveral) is a temperamental and eccentric old woman, who escapes to the casino whenever she has any money on her, has hangovers from anti-depressants and suspects her maid Santa (Isabel Cardoso) is practising voodoo against her. Their neighbour Pilar (Teresa Madruga) spends her first years of retirement trying to straighten the world, dealing with other people’s guilt and is devoted to social causes. When Aurora dies, the other two learn of an episode from her past: a tale of love and crime set in an Africa at the foothill of Mount Tabu. Directed by portuguese new directing star Miguel Gomes, “Tabu” is a lyrical, metaphorical drama on colonialism with a bold structure that defies genre specifics and breaks narrative rules. Awarded for artistic inovation at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film is an exquisite visual and cinematic experience.
 
Awards:
 
2012 – Alfred Bauer Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany).
2012 – Silver Lady Harimaguada Award and Audience Award at the Las Palmas International Film Festival (Gran Canaria, Spain).
 
About the director:
 
Miguel Gomes was born in 1972 in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied at the Lisbon Film and Theatre School and between 1996 and 2000 worked as film critic for the Portuguese press. In 1999 he started his filmmaking career and directed several award-winning short films. “The Face You Deserve” (A Cara que Mereces, 2004) was his first feature film. In 2008, he presented his second feature “Our Beloved Month of August” (Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto) in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Festival (France), which was subsequently selected in more than forty international festivals where he won over a dozen prizes. Vienna International Film Festival (Austria, 2008) and Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina, 2009) included retrospectives of his films. “Tabu” is his latest film, nominated for Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany).
Section: Retrospektyva

Screenplay: Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo

Dir. of Photography: Rui Poças

Cast: Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Carloto Cotta, Manuel Mesquita, Isabel Cardoso, Ivo Muller