Miguel Gomes

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Film Festival Reports

NYFF 2015. ARABIAN NIGHTS BY MIGUEL GOMES

By Tanner Tafelski

Sprayed on a wall near the end of the first part of Gomes’ epic film is the graffiti message: “Chaos is my life.” Shortly, after a countdown, that cryptic statement blasts on the soundtrack. It’s the title of a song by the Scottish punk band, The Exploited, which could work as both a characterization of this film and the state of Portugal during its economic crisis in 2013 and 2014.

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En español

PANORAMA: REDEMPTION DE MIGUEL GOMES

Por Mónica Delgado

Cuatro epístolas, cuatro narradores y cuatro maneras de visualizar esos imaginarios, que van desde la textura de Super 8 hasta la yuxtaposición de la emoción psicodélica del footage. El portugués Miguel Gomes en buena forma propone con Redemption (Portugal, 2013) y en sus menos de 30 minutos, una lectura de la psique de cuatro personajes de la Europa de antaño, confrontadas a la crisis política actual.

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BAFICI

BAFICI 2012: TABÚ BY MIGUEL GOMES

Por Mónica Delgado

Tabú is a film of references to the old days of cinema, a two part tale (“Lost paradise” and “paradise”), an ode to black and white nostalgia, to the expressive aesthetics of silent film, with small moments of brilliant humor and a 60’s pop soundtrack. If in Aquel querido mes de agosto, Gomes makes a lucid exercise in expressive renovation and metalanguage surprises, in Tabú, the clear homage to F.W. Murnau’s film feels powerful, like if the ghost of the German filmmaker was tempted to suddenly appear in front of us.

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BAFICI

BAFICI 2012: TABÚ DE MIGUEL GOMES

Por Mónica Delgado

Tabú es un filme de referencias al cine de antaño, un relato en dos partes marcadas («Paraíso perdido» y «Paraíso»). Es una oda a la nostalgia en blanco y negro, a la estética expresiva del cine silente, que cuenta con chispazos de humor brillante y una banda sonora sesentera y pop.

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