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The Metamorphosis of Birds

Metamorfoza păsărilor

74 films in 13 categories
Catarina Vasconcelos
Portugal
101'


2020
Photo Film

V.O.

Portuguese

subtitles

English, Romanian

producer

Primeira Idade


Original Title

A metamorfose dos pássaros

CATEGORY

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

synopsis

Catarina Vasconcelos’ debut feature is structured like an emotional and narrative kaleidoscope which combines images, textures, colours, voices, sounds, stories with a nonchalance that many gigantic filmmakers like Manoel de Oliveira or Raul Ruiz only reached after many years of activity. The young director’s audiovisual construction is so elaborate that, even after repeated viewings, it seems just as fresh and mysterious as the first time. A documentary-essay about the loss of the mother and, equally, about recovering lost time, “The Metamorphosis of Birds” attempts to recreate feelings and sensations from the past – oftentimes olfactory or tactile ones -, rather than to present a discourse on a certain subject. And the past is not some stable entity, but takes all sorts of forms and consistencies, as it is brought back to life in its complex volatility made up of mixed memory fragments which often crystalize in the form of contradictory structures, with no apparent links between them. Hence the fascination aroused by this film, which sweeps the viewers off their feet and turns mourning in one of the most fulfilling cinematic experiences possible. (by Andrei Rus)

awards and festivals

Victoria Film Festival, Canada 2021 - Best Documentary / CinEuphoria Awards 2021 - Best Poster / Berlin International Film Festival 2020 - FIPRESCI Prize / Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2020 - International Docs Competition Award / IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival 2020 - Audience Award, Best Director Award / San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020 - Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize / T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland 2020 - Audience Award, Grand Prix / Taipei Film Festival 2020 - International New Talent Competition - Special Jury Prize / Vilnius International Film Festival 2020 New Europe - New Names Competition - Best Film / Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) 2020 / Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2020

distributor

Portugal Film

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