Previously at the ICA - Films
21 Jan 2011 – 2 Feb 2011
The screening on Saturday 22 January at 1.30pm will be followed by a Q&A with the director Eugène Green and film writer Peter Matthews
The Portuguese Nun is a precise yet mischievous exercise in poetic minimalism from award-winning French director Eugène Green, whose work over the last decade has won international acclaim but little in the way of UK distribution. This is a chance to catch up with a film that The Guardian celebrated as the best obscure film of 2009, a film that sits firmly in the classic European arthouse tradition while displaying a unique and highly distinctive filmmaking voice.
Displaying Green’s distinctive minimalist style, the film follows a young French actress (Leonor Baldaque) who speaks her mother’s language, Portuguese, as she visits Lisbon for the first time. She is there to act in a film inspired by Guilleragues’ Letters of a Portuguese Nun. She is soon fascinated by a nun who comes to pray every night at the Nossa Senhora do Monte Chapel on the Graça Hill. During her stay, the young woman has a number of encounters, which, much like her previous existence, seem ephemeral and without consequence. One night, after finally speaking with the nun, she glimpses her destiny and the meaning of her life.
This release is supported by Instituto Cameos.
Dir Eugène Green, Portugal 2009, 127 mins, subtitles, 35mm