La portuguesa

Rita Azevedo

Portugal 136 min. min Catalan premiere


In the north of Italy the von Ketten (Delle Catene as they are known around) use their Germanic ancestry as it suits them in order to fight the forces of the Episcopate of Trent. Von Ketten looks for a wife in distant country, Portugal, so that nothing will interfere with his field of action in the surrounding counties. During the long journey back home, the first child is born. But, when arriving to the castle, he’s told that the opportunity to defeat the Bishop has come! He decides to go to war! The Portuguese woman, against her husband’s will, refuses to return back to Portugal.


Female Director


Rita Azevedo Gomes

She is one of the key figures in contemporary Portuguese cinema. She has worked for more than thirty years in the Film Department of the Gulbenkian Foundation and in the Portuguese Cinematheque, where she is a programmer. Her films have been selected at the main international film festivals, from Berlin to Locarno or San Sebastián. With Correspondências she was awarded at DocsLisboa film festival.

Filmography: The Kegelstatt Trio (2022, D’A 2023), Danses Macabres, Skeletons, and Other Fantasies (co-directed, 2019), The Portuguese Woman (2018, D’A 2019), Correspondências (2016, D'A 2017), A Woman's Revenge (2012), A Colecção Invisível (2009), A 15ª Pedra (2007), A Conquista de Faro (medium lenght, 2005), Altar (2003), Fragile as the World (2002), O Som da Terra a Tremer (1990)

Rita Azevedo Gomes

Film information

Original Title: A Portuguesa (The Portuguese Woman)
Director: Rita Azevedo
Script: Rita Azevedo Gomes a partir del conte de Robert Musil (Die Portugiesin)
Contact: Numax
With: Clara Riedenstein, Marcello Urgeghe, Ingrid Caven, Rita Durão, Pierre León, João Vicente, Luna Picoli-Truffaut, Manuela de Freitas, Alexandre Alves Costa, Adelaide Teixeira, Marie Carré
Country: Portugal
Year: 2018
Format: DCP
Length: 136 min. min
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2019


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