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Portuguese cinema returns to the official part of Cannes through the big door

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Yesterday, the Restos do Vento team of Thiago Guedes took to the red carpet.

During the presentation of the film crew on stage at the Sala Buñuel, Thierry Frenot, head of programming for the official Cannes section, made a good point, but as if he were not one of the main culprits of this fact: already sixteen. years since a Portuguese film, mostly Portuguese and with a Portuguese director, was not selected.

The last person to receive this honor was Pedro Costa, a contender for the Palme d’Or in 2006, “Juventude em Marcha”. special sessions of the festival. Which, in any case, was directed by the director, producer Paulo Branco, screenwriter Thiago Rodriguez, by the way, the new director of the prestigious Avignon Theater Festival, and the main characters of the film, such as Nuno Lopez, Albano Geronimo or Isabelle Abreu, just before entering the legendary red carpet in Cannes.

“Restos do Vento” was a project that Thiago Guedes carried out for about ten years, and the lack of funding prompted the author in the meantime to create “A Herdade”, “Tristeza e Alegria na Vida das Girafas” and several television programs. row. The film, a tragedy rooted deep in a small community in the hinterland, begins with a trauma inflicted on one of her young men by the pagan and ancestral tradition of the Caretos. Twenty-five years later, the reunion of several characters with their past and the commission of a crime brings buried secrets and unredeemed guilt to the surface.

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At the same time as it wraps up a drama that highlights a lot of what we are as Portuguese, Restos do Vento lives on from the director’s solid and reliable storytelling, the amazing photography of Mark Bliss, and the remarkable work of some elite Portuguese actors. and actresses, offering us a film that certainly deserves participation in the competition and is already scheduled for September 22.

However, the competition continued: new films by two Palme d’Or winners, Swede Robert Östlund (Square, 2017) and Romanian Cristian Mungiu (4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days), were screened. ., in 2007). The Swede’s new film Triangle of Sorrow also follows the Swede’s ironic and caustic take on life and art, which won him the top prize at Cannes. Built in three acts, the film begins with a selection of male models, then embarks on a journey on a luxury yacht, and ends on an apparently uninhabited island where some of the survivors of the shipwreck will reside.

Those who enjoyed O Quadrado, a non-consensual film that stirred passions while leaving others indifferent, will surely remember the already iconic dinner scene. Now, in this new film, dinner is on the high seas, and eschatology invades the dramatic space of the film, making it accessible only to stomachs accustomed to such creative freedom. However, it is unlikely that Östlund will take another spot on the final list.

On the contrary, this can happen with the Romanian “RMN”, where the center of Mungiu is in a small village in the mountains of Transylvania, and the economy is centered on a bakery, with two women managing the property and management. But due to the fact that men have to emigrate to Germany and other countries in the region, there is not enough skilled labor, and the factory is forced to take workers from Sri Lanka in order to continue working.

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But the community, very closed in on itself, even after the expulsion of the gypsy rebel community, ceases to buy bread where it has always been, and does not give up until the foreign workers are expelled. Mungiu ruthlessly condemns xenophobia, describing in beautiful, humanistic strokes the life of some of the inhabitants of the area.

A pagan tradition in a village in the interior of Portugal leaves painful marks on a group of young teenagers. 25 years later, when they meet again, the past comes up and tragedy begins.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets Ptix.bm For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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