Friday, October 11, 2013

Screened Thursday 17 October 2013 "TABU"

6:30pm - 7:00pm Drinks and Nibbles
7pm Film screens

WINNER – Berlin Film Festival – FIPRESCI Jury Prize & Alfred Baeur Prize for Artistic Innovation.

★★★★ "Prepare yourselves for a unique cinema experience: a tour de force of great beauty, whimsy and emotion. It’s really, really something special. It’s sublime.”Margaret Pomeranz, ABC AT THE MOVIES 

★★★★★ “I fell in love with it. I just fell under the spell. It is so rewarding.”David Stratton, ABC AT THE MOVIES 

“The most enjoyable and creatively ambitious film I’ve seen this year…Swooningly romantic. Simply glorious.”Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH UK 

IMDB rating 7.3 out of 10.

A love story told in two unique parts, TABU is, quite simply, a film unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Deftly moving between contemporary Portugal, colonial Africa and the landscape of dreams, director Miguel Gomes conjures an enthralling story of obsession, memory and dangerous forbidden romance.

In part one, ‘Paradise Lost’, we follow the seemingly ordinary daily life of a devout Lisbon woman, Pilar (Teresa Madruga) and her attempts to support and console her extravagant and bitter neighbour Aurora (Laura Soveral), who spends her day gambling at the local casino and whose grip on reality is clearly becoming tenuous; she’s convinced her stoic maid Santa is secretly practicing voodoo spells against her. 

When Aurora’s health takes a turn, a stranger is summoned to her deathbed and it gradually transpires this man is Gian Luca, the love of her life from the distant past. His confession to Pilar of their doomed youthful affair forms the basis of the film’s second extraordinary chapter, ‘Paradise’, set 50 years prior at an African farm in the foothills of Mount Tabu… 

Playfully interpreting and rearranging history, Gomes’ film is somehow both technically and narratively subversive and yet inescapably romantic, in no small way thanks to the sensuous black and white cinematography and incredible score and sound design. Where part one portrays a society wallowing in nostalgia, the second propels a dramatic shift in tone and emotional power, delivering everything the characters – and we – may dream of, and live for.


Director: Miguel Gomes
Cast: Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Henrique Espírito Santo, Carloto Cotta, Isabel Cardoso, Ivo Müller, Manuel Mesquita
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal

Rated MA Strong s_x scene and nudity