Since the release of his 2004 feature debut The Face You Deserve, Portugal’s Miguel Gomes has become arguably the most exhilaratingly perplexing figure in world cinema.
If the 53rd New York Film Festival is any indication, the world’s filmmakers are feeling the heat.
CINCINNATI — Meet Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes, who may be one of the last people to create a black-and-white movie. In order to make his art-house drama Tabu the way he wanted, Gomes searched and found one of the remaining labs in Europe capable of processing black and white 35mm film stock, right before it closed for good.
A delayed flight from Venice meant that Lisbon-based filmmaker Miguel Gomes answered questions from 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 12) audiences breathlessly at the opening night premiere of his stunning movie Tabu. He also admitted to the capacity crowd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival’s postmodern headquarters, that his time spent waiting on the Venice airport tarmac paid off with extra insight into his beautiful, black-and-white, nearly silent, and subtly avant-garde drama about female neighbors in a Lisbon apartment building and an elderly woman’s dramatic history in early 1960s colonial Africa.