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Redefining Intimacy - Nov 26 to Dec 2

The Metamorphosis of Birds Catarina Vasconcelos

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A Metamorfose dos Pássaros

In her excellent medium-length film Metaphor or Sadness Inside Out (RIDM 2014), Portuguese filmmaker Catarina Vasconcelos pondered the death of her mother and a slice of Portuguese history that coincided with her life. She pursues the same approach and preoccupations in this first feature, a fiction-documentary hybrid. With help from many of her family members, she looks back on the life of her grandmother, Beatriz, who died before the director was born, and her own mother’s grief. The scenes filmed in 16 mm are not aimed at constructing a formal narrative, but are more of an accumulation of sketches. With many close-ups on bodies and the natural environment, the film unfolds like a poem on the cycle of life, the legacy of the past and family ties. (Bruno Dequen)

Presented in collaboration with Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (FNC)

competition : International Feature Competition

The Metamorphosis of Birds

  • Country : Portugal
  • Year : 2020
  • V.O : Portuguese
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 101 MIN
  • Cinematography : Paulo Menezes
  • Editing : Francisco Moreira
  • Production : Pedro Duarte
  • Sound Design : Adriana Bolito
  • Sound Design : Rafael Cardoso
Filmography of Catarina Vasconcelos :

Metaphor or Sadness Inside Out (2013)

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