In the debut feature of Portuguese filmmaker Catarina Vasconcelos, mysteries dwell in the details. The passage of time is felt in the images of memory, epitomized in bodies and landscapes strictly staged for the camera. In this affective essay-film, the feminine writing of the self, aware of its own fable-like character, unfolds among the cracks of a family kaleidoscope: between father and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, with the expansive absence of the word mother. The voice-over narration, also poetically shared, is tasked with the gesture of fastening lost moments, rescuing the History of a country reluctant to change, forging new ties and genealogies by way (and because) of cinema. (C. I)
Catarina Vasconcelos was born in Lisbon, 1986. After graduating from Lisbon’s Fine Arts Academy, she moved to London where she pursued a MA at the Royal College of Art. Her final project, the short film Metáfora ou a Tristeza Virada do Avesso (Metaphor or Sadness Inside Out), was her first film. Metáfora premiered at Cinema du Reel in 2014 where it was awarded the prize for the Best International Short Film.