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The Metamorphosis of Birds

  • 101 min
  • Portugal
  • New Directors
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The Metamorphosis of Birds is an intimate and original depiction of the director's own family – an experimental and visually striking film that blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction.


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Beautifully shot and artistically ambitious, Catarina Vasconcelos tells the family story – from her grandparents' young love till the recently strengthened bond with her father after her mother's death. The family's memories are reconstructed with luscious images, accompanied by a poetic retelling of their personal stories. This results in a hybrid between fiction and documentary – a meditative depiction of memories, identity and motherly love.


This film is available at Kosmorama Digital 8th – 28th March.

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Director

Catarina Vasconcelos

Catarina Vasconcelos (f.1986) was born in Lisbon, where she also graduated from Lisbon's Fine Arts Academy. She pursued a MA at the Royal College of Art, her final project being the award-winning short film Metaphor or Sadness inside out. The Metamorphosis of Birds is her first feature film, which excels with immersive and poetic film language. At the Berlin Film Festival in 2020, she won the FIPRESCI award for the film, and since then it has featured prominently at several international film festivals.

Information

Original title A Metamorfose dos Pássaros
Director Catarina Vasconcelos
Year 2020
Length 101 min
Land Portugal
Language Portuguese
Subtitles English
Cast Manuel Rosa, Ana Vasconcelos, Henrique Vasconcelos, Catarina Vasconcelos