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Miguel Gomes Interview (Tabu)

Miguel Gomes

Miguel Gomes is a Portuguese filmmaker whose four shorts and three feature films that generally share an interest in formal games. His feature films loosely adhere to two-part structures, not unlike the occasionally referenced film, The Wizard of Oz (1939), and are often in dialogue with the medium and its past.

The Face You Deserve (2004) is a musical comedy riff on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, where a bout of measles results in a meta-cinema dream about growing up. Our Beloved Month of August (2008) is a freewheeling narrative centred on a touring band during Portugal’s festival season, which eventually focuses on a single love story. His latest film, Tabu (2012), jumps from a melancholy look at contemporary Lisbon to one character’s colonial backstory, which is told through a reinvention of cinema history. Tabu won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Artistic Innovation and the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the 2012 Berlinale.

We talked briefly with Miguel about his films’ structures, production and themes during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival from our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U.



This feature interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was released in September 2012.

By Christopher Heron

Christopher Heron is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Art. He's conducted over 60 long-form interviews for the publication, and his written work includes numerous video essays, investigating formal traits in films and filmmakers. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where his work explored cinematic representations of urban space with special attention paid to the films of Pedro Costa and Tsai Ming-liang.