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by Miguel Gomes

Tabu

Synopsis

A temperamental old woman, her Cape Verdean maid and a neighbour devoted to social causes live on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment building. When the old lady dies, the other two learn of an episode from her past: a tale of love and crime set in an Africa straight from the world of adventure films.

Director

Miguel Gomes was born in Lisbon in 1972. He studied at the Lisbon Film and Theatre School and between 1996 and 2000 worked as film critic for the Portuguese press. He directed several short films awarded in festivals such as Oberhausen, Belfort and Vila do Conde, and screened at Locarno, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires and Vienna. THE FACE YOU DESERVE (2004) was his first feature film. In 2008, he presented his latest film, OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Festival, which was subsequently selected in more than forty international festivals where he won over a dozen prizes.The Viennale (Austria, 2008), Bafici (Argentina, 2009) and the Centro de Artes e Imaxes da Corunha (Spain, 2009) included retrospectives of his films.


Filmography
2012 TABU
2008 OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST
2006 CANTICLE OF ALL CREATURES (short)
2004 THE FACE YOU DESERVE
2002 KALKITOS (short)
2002 31 MEANS TROUBLES (short)
2000 A CHRISTMAS INVENTORY (short)
1999 MEANWHILE (short)

Cast

Pilar - TERESA MADRUGA
Old Aurora - LAURA SOVERAL
Young Aurora - ANA MOREIRA
Old Ventura - HENRIQUE ESPÍRITO SANTO
Young Ventura - CARLOTO COTTA
Santa - ISABEL CARDOSO
Aurora's husband - IVO MÜLLER
Mário - MANUEL MESQUITA

Crew

Written and Directed by: Miguel Gomes
Co-Writer:
Mariana Ricardo
Producers:
Luís Urbano and Sandro Aguilar
Co-producers: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Fabiano and Caio Gullane, Thomas Ordonneau
Executive producer: Luís Urbano 
Cinematographer: Rui Poças (AIP)
Editors: Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes 
Production manager: Joaquim Carvalho
A production of: O Som e a Fúria, Komplizen Film, Gullane, Shellac Sud
With the support by: ICA, IP, ANCINE – Agência Nacional para o Cinema (Brazil) and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
With the participation of CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (France)
Produced with support of Ibermedia
Developed with the MEDIA Programme of the European Community
and participation of  ZDF/ARTE and RTP 

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / b&w / 1:1.37 / Dolby SRD
Length: 110 Min.
Original Language: Portuguese

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