The Metamorphosis of Birds
A Metamorfose dos Pássaros
Portugal | 2020 | DCP | Color | 101 min | Catarina Vasconcelos
FRIDAY 9 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 3 | 17:00 HRS. | 101 MIN.
SATURDAY 10 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES SALA 5 |15:30 HRS. |101 MIN.
Director: Catarina Vasconcelos
Screenplay: Catarina Vasconcelos
Producer: Pedro Fernandes Duarte, Joana Gusmão, Catarina Vasconcelos
Cinematography: Paulo Menezes
Editing: Francisco Moreira
Sound: Adriana Bolito, Rafael Cardoso
Production Company: Primeira Idade
Beatriz married Henrique on the day of her 21st birthday. Henrique, a naval officer, would spend long periods at sea. Ashore, Beatriz, who learned everything from the verticality of plants, took great care of the roots of their six children. The oldest son, Jacinto (Hyacinth), my father, dreamed he could be a bird. One day, suddenly, Beatriz died. My mom didn’t die suddenly, but she too died when I was 17 years-old. On that day, me and my father met in the loss of our mothers and our relationship was no longer just that of father and daughter.
Catarina Vasconcelos was born in Lisbon, 1986. After graduating from Lisbon’s Fine Arts Academy, she moved to London where she pursued a MA at the Royal College of Art. Her final project, the short film “Metáfora ou a Tristeza Virada do Avesso” (Metaphor or Sadness inside out), was her first film. “Metáfora” premiered at Cinéma du Réel in 2014 where it was awarded the prize for the Best International Short Film. The film was in various festivals such as RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival (Best international medium length award), DokLeipzig, Moscow International Film Festival and Doclisboa. Her first feature film, “A Metamorfose dos Pássaros” (The Metamorphosis of Birds”) has its premiere at the Encounters section at the Berlinale 2020.
Berlinale –FIPRESCI Award for Best film on Encounters section– 2020, Germany
Vilnius International Film Festival in Lithuania –Best Film– 2020, Lithuania
IndieLisboa Film Festival –Official Selection– 2020, Portugal
Jeonju International Film Festival –Official Selection– 2020, South Korea
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