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CINEMA: TABU > DIRECTED BY MIGUEL GOMES

Monday, January 7, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 3:19 PM


En una onda surrealista a dos tiempos, Tabú, nos lleva a la Lisboa actual y a una colonia portuguesa en Africa, allá en los años 60 del siglo XX. No es una historia linear y eso la hace un poco confusa, pero el resultado es evocador. Fue una de mis favoritas cuando se presentó en el 50th New York Film Festival.


The ghosts of F.W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, Joseph Cornell and Jack Smith hover above Miguel Gomes’s third feature—an exquisite, absurdist entry in the canon of surrealist cinema.
Shot in ephemeral black-and-white celluloid, TABU is movie-as-dream—an evocation of irrational desires, extravagant coincidences, and cheesy nostalgia that nevertheless is grounded in serious feeling and beliefs, even anti-colonialist politics. There is a story, which is delightful to follow and in which the cart comes before the horse: the first half is set in contemporary Lisbon, the second, involving two of the same characters, in a Portuguese colony in the early 1960s. “Be My Baby” belted in Portuguese, a wandering crocodile, and a passionate, ill-advised coupling seen through gently moving mosquito netting make for addled movie magic. The winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize (for a work of particular innovation) and FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
TABU > Directed by Miguel Gomes > Portugal > En Cartelera > En NYC > Film Forum.

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