Sangue do Meu Sangue (Blood of My Blood)

Sangue do Meu Sangue / Blood of My Blood

A film by João Canijo

Portugal, Drama, 2011, 133 min.

Sunday, Nov. 25, 4 PM.

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757. Tel: (512) 476-1320. [Map]

 

Portugal's nomination for the 2013 Academy Awards

Presented as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse

 

"An elegant and sensitively filmed drama which avoids the pitfalls of a grim portrayal of the working-class to become a richly woven social tapestry of its time and place" – Robert Munro, EYE FOR FILM

 

"Boldly balances nuanced social realism with high stakes melodrama" – Matt Cornell, AFI Fest

 

The Bairro do Padre Cruz is an urban development in Lisbon, where life happens among vast concrete spaces that enclose people amid rooms, hallways and alleys. Márcia (Rita Blanco) is a mother determined to protect her family from the cycle of poverty in which they live. She shares a small apartment with her daughter Cláudia (Celia Almedia), a nursing student, and Joca (Rafael Morais), her adolescent son who is beginning to test drive the underworld of drug trafficking in the neighborhood. Ivete (Anabela Moreira), Márcia's younger sister, a frustrated and lonely woman, completes the family. What at first seems like a more or less stable life will be profoundly affected in the course of a few days, when Cláudia reveals that she is in love with a married man, and Joca's immature criminal act encounters the tough reality of the streets. The strength of family bonds is put to the test in the sacrifices that Márcia and Ivete will endure to keep the family together and give the next generation an opportunity for redemption.

In his seventh feature film, director João Canijo recreates an epic yet intimate story through the devoted and cautious observation of physical space and of interpersonal relationships. He succeeds in evoking a tridimensional universe, stylized but anchored in a detailed and sober realism that allows for a profound connection with human emotions. The excellent interpretation by Rita Blanco takes the spectator by the hand through a situation where most of us adults have found ourselves: the moment when members of a family have to act and understand the actions of its members and their individual lives, confronting destiny as a family. The detailed mise-en-scène, outstanding sound design, and strong, delicate, profound and complex performances of the entire cast, are the result of a two year process in which the director and his team rehearsed and worked the characters and the story. The resulting film is complex and multi-textured, richly crafted and capable of unveiling flashes of humanity amid the dramas and tragedies that weave through the everyday lives of its characters.

 

 

En Español:

El Bairro do Padre Cruz es un desarrollo urbano en Lisboa, en el que la vida acontece entre vastos espacios de concreto que encierran a las personas entre cuartos, pasillos y callejones. Márcia (Rita Blanco) es una madre determinada a proteger a su familia del ciclo de pobreza en el que viven. Ella comparte un pequeño apartamento con su hija Cláudia (Cleia Almeida), quien es estudiante de enfermería, y con Joca (Rafael Morais), su hijo adolescente quien comienza a adentrarse en los bajos mundos del tráfico de drogas en su barrio. Ivete (Anabela Moreira), la hermana menor de Márcia, una mujer frustrada y solitaria, completa la familia. La que parece una vida más o menos estable se verá afectada profundamente en el transcurso de unos cuantos días, cuando Cláudia revela estar enamorada de un hombre casado, y el inmaduro acto criminal de Joca lo enfrenta a la dura realidad de las calles. La fuerza de los lazos familiares es puesta a prueba en los sacrificios que Marcia e Ivete deben hacer para mantener a la familia unida y crear una oportunidad de redención para la próxima generación.

En su séptimo largo metraje, el director João Canijo recrea una historia épica pero íntima, a través de la devota y cautelosa observación del espacio físico y de las relaciones interpersonales, y logra evocar un universo tridimensional, estilizado más anclado en un realismo detallado y sobrio, que permite una profunda conexión con las emociones humanas. La excelente interpretación de Rita Blanco lleva al espectador de la mano a través de una situación en el que la mayoría de las personas adultas nos hemos encontrado: el momento en que los miembros de una familia deben actuar y comprender las acciones de sus miembros ante sus circunstancias personales, y enfrentar el destino como familia. La detallada puesta en escena, un diseño sonoro destacable, e interpretaciones fuertes, delicadas, profundas y complejas por parte de todo el reparto, son el resultado de un proceso seguido por el director y su equipo a lo largo de dos años, durante los que ensayaron y trabajaron a los personajes y la historia. El resultado es un cine complejo, rico en texturas, y capaz de desvelar destellos de humanidad entre los dramas y tragedias que se hurden en la rutina diaria de sus personajes.

 

 

About the director

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João Canijo was born in Portugal in 1957. Unlike other Portuguese filmmakers of his generation (those that made their appearance in the late 1980s and early ‘90s), João Canijo did not direct his first film after attending a film school. Instead, he underwent a kind of apprenticeship working as an assistant to Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Werner Schroeter and Alain Tanner. Sangue Do Meu Sangue is his seventh feature film.

Blood of My Blood
Portugal, Drama, 2011
133 min, HD, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

Filmography:

Blood of My Blood, 2010

Fantasia Lusitana (writer), 2007

Misbegotten, 2004

In the Darkness of the Night, 2001

Get a Life, 2000

Too Late, 1998

Sapatos Pretos (writer), 1996

Sai da Minha Vida (TV series), 1990

Alentejo Sem Lei (TV series), 1990

Filha da Mãe, 1989

Crimes do Coração (writer), 1988

Three Less Me (writer), 1985

Ninguém Duas Vezes, 1984

 

Cast

Rita Blanco ... Márcia Fialho

Anabela Moreira ... Ivete Fialho

Cleia Almeida ... Cláudia Filipa Fialho

Rafael Morais ... Joca Fialho

Marcello Urgeghe ... Alberto Vieira

 

Crew

Written & Directed by João Canijo

Producer – Pedro Borges

Director of Photography - Mário Castanheira

Film Editor - João Braz

Sound - Olivier Blanc, Ricardo Leal, Gerard Rousseau, Elsa Ferreira

Production Designer - José Pedro Penha Lopes

Production Manager – Joanna Moura

Line Producer – Angela Cerveira

Production Companies: Midas Filmes

 

A FiGa Films release

 

 

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