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The Island of Love

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A Ilha Dos Amores

Μυθοπλασία / Fiction Πορτογαλία, Ιαπωνία / Portugal, Japan, 1982, 169′, DCP, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound, Πορτογαλικά Ιαπωνικά / Portuguese Japanese

Σκηνοθεσία – Σενάριο / Direction – Screenplay Paulo Rocha Φωτογραφία / Cinematography Acácio de Almeida, Elso Roque, Kozo Okazaki Μοντάζ / Editing Yoshio Sugano Μουσική / Music Paulo Brandão Παραγωγή / Production Suma Filmes Ηθοποιοί / Cast Luís Miguel Cintra, Clara Joana, Zita Duarte, Jorge Silva, Melo Προέλευση ταινίας / Film source Cinemateca Portuguesa Αποκατάσταση / Restoration Cinemateca Portuguesa, Cineric Portugal

Shot in Portugal and Japan, the film records life of Wenceslau de Moraes, the great Portuguese, who was born in Lisbon and died in Tokushima. The Island of Love is taken from the title of the famous chapter in The Lusiads, the epic poem by Luiz Vaz de Camões.

“We must celebrate this comeback while of course remembering the radical modernity of this immense gesture of poetic and operatic cinema [...]. A ‘tour de force’ prepared throughout a decade and a half, this film is a hub for the directions that guide Paulo Rocha’s work, a founder of the Portuguese ‘New Cinema’ and someone who always felt attracted to the extreme urges of popular culture, cinema, but also Asian culture, especially Japanese.”

José Manuel Costa, Director of Cinemateca Portuguesa

Introduction by José Manuel Costa


The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.