A metamorfose dos pássaros (The Metamorphosis of Birds), 2020, Catarina Vasconcelos (Foto: Viennale)

A metamorfose dos pássaros (The Metamorphosis of Birds)

Director: Catarina Vasconcelos; with: Manuel Rosa, João Móra, Inês Melo Campos. PT, 2020, 101 min. OV with English subtitles
The center of Catarina Vasconcelos' award-winning first feature, which premiered in Berlin last February, is Beatriz, the grandmother she never met, a matriarch evoked by the power of memory and the anchor for a clan of six children, since her husband, a naval officer, spent most of his adult life at sea. And yet this family portrait that confronts grief past and present knows how to bury secrets and hide confessions with an inventive, natural grace that is far from the standard canon of the autobiographical film. The exciting questions begin right here: How to give a body to an "absent protagonist" who carries the story of at least three generations within her? How to construct a family saga that doesn't want to flip through the different pages of said story like someone reading a diary? There is certainly more than one possible exit to A metamorfose dos pássaros. It's a true story that is not satisfied with the facts, chronology, and rhythm of reality – in a relentless test of the word "documentary." It's also an epistolary film based on letters that are more imagined or even dreamed up than written, delivered by a voiceover ceaselessly reacting to images and sounds. Its purpose? To transform everyday life into a chimera. Like the boy who once dreamed of turning into a bird. (Francisco Ferreira)

Screening dates:

Sa 31.10.2020 13:00
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