Portugal/Argentina/Brazil/France/Greece. Dir. Rita Azevedo Gomes. 2016, 145 mins. Digital projection. With Mario Barroso, Luis Miguel Cintra, Tania Dinis. In Portuguese, French, English, Greek, and Italian with English subtitles. New York premiere. The tantalizing, decades-long correspondence between influential Portuguese poets Sophia de Mello Breyner and Jorge de Sena forms the basis of this richly sensorial, densely layered cinematic essay. Written between 1959 and 1978 while Sena was in political exile—first in Brazil, then in the US—the letters are a window into an extraordinary friendship, a safe haven in which the two expressed their innermost feelings of isolation, displacement, and longing for connection. Setting their words—related by actors in a multitude of languages—to a mosaic of impressionistic, often startlingly beautiful images, director Rita Azevedo Gomes has created a singular work of profound thought and feeling.
This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.