Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Historic Centre (Centro histórico)

  • Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, Manoel de Oliveira /
  • Portugal /
  • 2012 /
  • 96 mins

Ilkka Koivula, Ventura, António Santos, Manuel ‘Tito’ Furtado, Valdemar Santos, Amândio Martins, Henriqueta Oliveira, Ricardo Trêpa

Different views of a Portuguese historical centre, by four masters of European cinema.

With his trademark deadpan wit, Aki Kaurismäki kicks off this four-part study of Guimarães, Portugal, with a dialoguefree chronicle of the life of a barman. Pedro Costa’s contribution revisits the 1974 revolution in a strange ghost story. In Victor Erice’s moving entry, veteran workers of a now-shut textile factory recount their memories. A wry joke about tourism from the great Manoel de Oliveira closes this rich and thought-provoking omnibus.

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