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Lux Prize
TABU
by Miguel Gomes
Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France, 2012, 111', 35mm, bw
 
screenplay Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
cinematography Rui Poças
editing Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes
sound Vasco Pimentel
art direction Bruno Duarte
costumes Silvia Grabowski
cast Teresa Madruga (Pilar), Laura Soveral (old Aurora)
Ana Moreira (young Aurora), Henrique Espírito Santo (old Ventura) Carloto Cotta (young Ventura), Isabel Cardoso (Santa)
Ivo Müller (Aurora's grandfather), Manuel Mesquita (Mário)
 
producer Luís Urbano
production O Som e a Fúria
coproducer Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Fabiano Gullane, Caio Gullane, Thomas Ordonneau
coproduction Komplizen Film, Gullane Entretenimento, Shellac Sud
associate producer Alexander Bohr
associate production ZDF/Arte
 
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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.
"The outset was the story was something I was told by a relative of mine: that an old lady was getting mad with her maid as she thought she was interfering too much in her life. This doesn't sound like the plot of a novel, not the kind of story you make a film about. It's a rather everyday story and I wanted that tone to be present in the film too. When people get over rational and start focusing on ideas, then they say 'we need a scene to demonstrate this idea'. It is a rational construction. I don't think that's interesting. I believe films are far more organic in their structure." (Miguel Gomes)
 
Miguel Gomes (Lisbon, Portugal, 1972) studied film in Lisbon and worked as a film critic from 1996-00. His short films have screened at numerous international film festivals and received many awards. Gomes' second feature film Aquele querido mês de agosto screened at over forty film festivals all over the world, including Cannes in 2008. This year with Tabu, he won at the Berlinale, the Alfred Bauer Prize and the FIPRESCI.
 
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