Monday, May 21, 2012

DC film premiere: Jose and Pilar, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

The IDB Cultural Center, as part of the Division of Cultural, Solidarity and Creativity Affairs in the Department of External Relations, and The Embassy of Portugal present the DC debut of the documentary

José e Pilar
Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, 2010, 117 minutes.
In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles.
Filmed in the Canary Islands, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Brazil and Finland.

"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Rio. The film shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his masterpiece, "The Elephant's Journey" and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. "Jose and Pilar" reveals the hidden Saramago, unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. It is a funny and touching portrait on the endurance of the artistic spirit. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century, it shows us that, as Saramago says, "There is always another way to say everything."

Best Documentary, Don Quijote Award, Best Film Audience Award - Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português, 2011
Best Documentary, Audience Award - São Paulo International Film Festival, 2010


This event is free, open to the public.
Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center,
Inter-American Development Bank
1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC