Close-Up - Famalicão Film Observatory - Episode 6.3 programme (session Thematic Landscapes, the Community)
Casa das Artes - Small Auditorium | 16h30
General admission: 2 euros | Quadrilateral Card: 1 euro | Free admission: Students, seniors and members of film clubs | Original title: Acto da Primavera (Portugal, 1963) | Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Rating: M/12 | Duration: 90 min.
Session commented by António Preto, Director of Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira
Popular representation of the Auto da Paixão ("Passion of Jesus"), according to a 16th century medieval text by Francisco Vaz de Guimarães, capturing the atmosphere of a community which, beyond the daily chores and rhythms, is transfigured in its naive but sincere rituals. The show, celebrated by Easter and of its own initiative, is attended by the people of the neighbouring villages, and is preceded by a presentation in which its various phases are listed. Rite of Spring adapts an Auto da Paixão that takes place every year in a Transmontana village. The population of Curalha interprets all the roles of the Act, to which Oliveira gives a metaphysical dimension that transcends the simple register of the representation. A singular reflection, also, about the way in which the human looks again at the sacred.