The film ‘A Portuguesa’, by Portuguese director Rita Azevedo Gomes, inspired by a tale by Robert Musil and with adaptation and dialogues by Agustina Bessa-Luís, has a commercial debut in Portugal.
‘A Portuguesa’, which was shown this month at the Berlin Film Festival, is a period film that “opens a door to the present” and has a lot to do with today, revealed Rita Azevedo Gomes in statements at the festival of Berlin.
“I am interested in passing a certain currentness of our time into a story that takes place in a very old century … This is a story that has a lot to do with our day. I do not know if they existed without being talking about the people who are by my side and what is happening nowadays, “stressed the Portuguese director.
The story is set in the sixteenth century in northern Italy when the von Ketten dispute the forces of the Episcopate of Trent.
‘A Portuguesa’ has already been described by critics as a tribute to Manoel de Oliveira and Rita Azevedo Gomes as being a disciple, but the Portuguese director denies the comparisons.
“No, I’m a disciple of Manoel de Oliveira, like the paintings, the painters and the musicians, and with all the admiration I have for him, I do not remember him or his films when I make my films. I really like his movies and his as a person. But they really put that to me, I’m very proud, but I do not feel that way, “he says.
The film ‘A Portuguesa’ is played by Clara Riedenstein and also has cast members such as Marcello Urgeghe, Rita Durão, Ingrid Caven and João Vicente.