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Such a thought



Such a thought

We are aware of this very Portuguese cultural vice in which we sometimes, consciously or not, participate. Let’s call it the constant promotion of some of our artists as obligatory figures in the “heroes” gallery – as much as possible for the media frenzy of consumption. International awards and, of course, death serve to inflate such dependence. Example? In some cases, the militant blindness to the filmography of Manoel de Oliveira gave way to his obsessive and unreasonable praise of the “master” …

It should be understood that all of this is unrelated to the fact that there may be less enthusiastic, completely legitimate views on Oliveira’s (or anyone else’s) work. The question I am asking is something else. First of all, he is of a different nature. Namely: at the limit of our troubled relationship with the artistic expression of some Portuguese creators, we are confronted with universes that can question and challenge our “Portugueseness”.

This is what happens in the works of Joao Botelho, the director, in which we find very direct echoes of the literary heritage of authors such as Almeida Garret (Who are you?2001), Esa de Queiroz (Mayan2014) or Fernando Pessoa (Year of death of Ricardo Reis, 2020); his first feature filmfinished conversation1981) was born from a dialogue, literary and symbolic, Portuguese and universal, between Pessoa and Mario de Sa Carneiro.

com Film of this formnow in its premiere, Botelho opposes Alexander O’Neill (1924-1986). Confrontation, that is, the promotion of conflict – as we well know, only fine in a football match to establish a conflict and together with it for a week to determine the parameters by which we (not) think of our daily life.

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What is this opposition then? Well, in direct opposition to the most mediocre example – and also the culturally stronger one, let’s not be under any illusion – approaching a literary work (or any other character) of anyone. We are not talking about “illustrating” this work, because this is a cinema that knows that illustration is impossible: sights and sounds are a new territory for our intellectual and sensory experience.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



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



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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