The Metamorphosis of Birds
[A metamorfose dos pássaros], directed by Catarina Vasconcelos, Portugal 2020, 101’ (English friendly)
- Laureate of the Grand Prix and the Audience Award of the 2020 New Horizons Film Festival, as well as the FIPRESCI Award at the 2020 Berlinale. The Metamorphosis of Birds is an elaborate and aesthetically captivating autobiographical story with elements of fiction, that wanders through the lives of three generations represented by actors and relatives of the director. At its core is the figure of a mother-tree, who provides roots but also branches one can bounce off and fly away from. With the sense of a painter and the inquisitiveness of an archaeologist, Catarina Vasconcelos not only discovers the history of her own family, but also unveils universal mechanisms of change that apply to everything that lives.
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