A tantalizing mix of documentary, fiction and everything in-between, Miguel Gomes’ multi-award winning film is his intoxicating love song to rural Portugal... and to cinema. Intricately structured and beautifully filmed, Gomes creates a narrative that slowly and craftily emerges into the sunlight from under its documentary canvas, through the entrancing use of visuals, sound and music.
In its deliberate moulding of documentary into fiction and vice versa, and with its nods to The Wizard of Oz as well as to the universe of Apichatpong and Pedro Costa, the film follows a playful, evolutionary path to become something wholly individual and entirely unique.
The DVD is presented in a brand new director-approved anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound, Miguel Gomes' award-wining 2006 short film Canticle of All Creatures (Cântico das Criaturas) and a new essay by Sight & Sound deputy editor Kieron Corless.
• Miguel Gomes' award-winning 2006 short film Canticle of All Creatures (Cântico das Criaturas).
• Presented in a new anamorphic 16:9 digital transfer,approved by the director.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• 16-page booklet featuring a new essay by Kieron Corless, deputy editor of Sight & Sound.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.
• Available for the first time on home video in the English speaking world.
Sónia Bandeira - Tânia
Fábio Oliveira - Hélder
Joaquim Carvalho - Domingos
Andreia Santos - Lena
Armando Nunes - Gomes
Manuel Soares - Celestino
Emmanuelle Fèvre - Fátima
Directed by Miguel Gomes
Screenplay - Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro
Cinematography - Rui Poças
Music arrangement - Mariana Ricardo
Editing - Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes
Sound director - Vasco Pimentel
Set decoration & wardrobe - Bruno Duarte
Produced by - Luís Urbano and Sandro Aguilar
2008 Cannes Film Festival /
Official Selection - Director's Fortnight
2008 Viennale / FIPRESCI Prize, Miguel Gomes
2008 São Paulo International Film Festival /
Winner: Critics Award, Best Film
2009 Golden Globes, Portugal / Winner: Best Film
"Gomes' love song to rural Portugal, scores viscerally as well as intellectually... An enjoyably bewildering enigma" Variety
"Little by little, this entrancingly gentle and subtle comic film stole my heart" The Guardian
"A hybrid work of bewitching perversity... a tender and perceptive portrait of a richly ordinary enclosed world"
Sight & Sound