Gabriel Abrantes, Palacios de Pena (Palaces of Pity), 2011. © the artist

In a parable on guilt and oppression, which alludes to aspects of Portuguese colonial history, two cousins are potential heirs to their grandmother’s fortune. The new generation is oblivious to the past, but inherit it nonetheless, as the two upper-middle class girls are transformed to confront the legacy of oppression during the Inquisition and Fascism, through the mechanism of dreams and desire.

We are delighted to welcome one of the filmmakers in person to introduce and discuss the film. The screening is part of the Festival’s Postcolonial Cinema Weekend, which explores the complex histories and material traces of past colonial inequalities through contemporary filmmaking.

Gabriel Abrantes' films are centered on the new identities and relations forged through globalisation. Often produced in collaboration with local and non-professional actors, his work deals with the human impact of historical, economic, and political forces through a theatricality and cinematic transgression. His brand of postcolonial cinema implicates desire and repression, often focusing on the reconstructing of Portugal’s colonial past. The Lisbon-based artist-filmmaker has shown his work internationally and won several prizes including the Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival, 2010.

Curated by AV Festival. Regional Premiere.

Palácios de Pena (Palaces of Pity) + Q&A
Dir. Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

(includes all screenings on Sat 8 and Sun 9 March only)

Sat 8 March 2014, 11.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP

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Year: 2011
Runtime: 59min + Q&A
Country: Portugal
Language: Portugese
Cinematography: Eberhard Schedl, Natxo Checa
Editor: Daniel Schmidt, Gabriel Abrantes