Miguel Gomes

Following the success of his tripartite Arabian Nights, Artist in Focus Miguel Gomes presents two of his earlier works (Tabu and The Beloved Month of August) as well as a film by Manoel de Oliveira (Rite of Spring) that has served as inspiration.

Miguel Gomes was born in Lisbon in 1972. He studied Cinema and worked as a film critic for the Portuguese press until the year 2000. He has directed several short films and made his first feature, The Face You Deserve, in 2000. Tabu (2012) was released at Berlinale’s Competition, where it won the Alfred Bauer and FIPRESCI award; the movie was sold to over 50 countries and won dozens of awards. Retrospectives of his work have been programmed at the Viennale, the BAFICI, the Torino FF, in Germany and in the USA. His three-part drama Arabian Nights, based on One Thousand and One Nights, was screened as part of the Director’s Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. During his visit at SIFF, he will present Our Beloved Month of August (2008) and Tabu (2012), the two films that gave him international recognition, and will discuss in an extended conversation with the audience the realities of his filmmaking process and filmmaking as a means to process reality, responding to SIFF 2018’s main theme: “Is It Real?”

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