The director Margarida Gil debuts this month the movie ‘Mar’, a fiction in motion, confined in a sailboat, and asks ‘why Europe behaves so badly with the refugees’.
‘Mar’, part of the IndieLisboa festival competition, is Margarida Gil’s sixth fiction feature, 69 years old, more than 40 years old and possibly the longest-running filmmaker in Portuguese cinema. The 1970s, by the hand of João César Monteiro.
Produced by Alexandre Oliveira, ‘Mar’ is played by Maria de Medeiros, while a woman sailing on the Mediterranean in a middle-aged crisis and in search of her son, encountering the trip with the dramatic situation of a refugee.
The film, shot almost entirely in a boat, also features the interpretation of Nuno Lopes, Catarina Wallenstein, Augusto Amado and the artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, in the role of the owner of the sailboat, an art dealer on the high seas.
Born in Covilhã in 1950, Margarida Gil went to Lisbon in her late teens, with the initial idea of following Fine Arts.
He ended up studying German Philology and the approach to cinema took place at Cinemateca, where he met João César Monteiro, with whom he worked, lived and had a child.
In the 1970s he was assistant to this filmmaker, worked on performing at RTP and only signed the first ‘long’ of fiction in the following decade when he premiered ‘True and True Relationship’ (1987).
Margarida Gil also made ‘Rosa Negra’ (1992), ‘The Guardian Angel’ (1998), ‘Adriana’ (2005) and ‘Passion’ (2012).
Alongside the Swedish director – naturalized Portuguese – Solveig Nordlund, 75, Margarida Gil is one of the few women in Portuguese cinema who has been active since the 1970s, prior to the generation of which Teresa Villaverde, Margarida Cardoso, Catarina Alves Costa, and Susana Sousa Dias.
Having finished her connection with Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where she taught and did research, Margarida Gil says that she now has the “tension of waiting for a movie” through writing, painting, and ceramics.
‘Mar’ will be shown, in an anteroom, on Saturday (4) and on Monday (6), in IndieLisboa, and will arrive at the movie theaters of Lisbon, Porto, Almada, Coimbra, and Viseu, on the 16th.