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The Metamorphosis of Birds

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Director_ Catarina VASCONCELOS
 
Portugal 2020 102min DCP color feature Fiction G
Review

The Portuguese word "saudade" refers to a profound emotional state of feeling nostalgic or melancholic, longing for loved ones, and feeling hopeful while ruminating on sad memories. The film tells us a story of a family that can be best summarized by this untranslatable word along with delicate direction and a high aesthetic caliber. The director faced her mother´s death at the age of 17. Thinking about her own dad, who lost his mother at the age of 36, she made a film which is a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction. The chronicles of family history are recounted by voices reading letters. The voices reveal the sadness from losing a family member as well as happy memories with the deceased loved ones. The grandmother’s voice tells us every child is as uncontrollable as little birdies. And there is her child who used to dream of turning into a bird. Inspired by aforementioned family stories surrounding birds, the film traces down the genealogy of a family, turning the loss that every family has to encounter into art. It never fails to deliver a strong emotion, through a symbolic epic that unfolds in a non-linear manner. [Sung MOON]

CREDIT
  • DirectorCatarina VASCONCELOS
  • ProducerPrimeira IDADE, Pedro Fernandes DUARTE, Joana GUSMÃO
  • ScriptCatarina VASCONCELOS
  • CinematographyPaulo MENEZES
  • EditorFrancisco MOREIRA
  • SoundAdriana BOLITO, Rafael CARDOSO
CastManuel ROSA, João MÓRA, Ana VASCONCELOS, Zé Maria ROSA, Henrique MÓRA, Inês Melo CAMPOS, Nuno VASCONCELOS, Henrique VASCONCELOS, Catarina VASCONCELOS
FILM SOURCE
Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency │ pf@portugalfilm.org
DIRECTOR
Catarina VASCONCELOS
 
Born in 1986, Lisbon, Catarina VASCONCELOS moved to London where she pursued a MA at the Royal College of Art. Her final project, the short film Metaphor or Sadness inside out (2014) premiered at Cinema du Reel in 2014 where it was awarded the prize for the Best International Short Film. The film was screened in various festivals. Her first feature film The Metamorphosis of Birds had its premiere at the Encounters section at the Berlinale 2020.
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