The Metamorphosis of Birds

Catarina Vasconcelos

Beatriz married Henrique on the day of her 21st birthday. Henrique, a naval officer, would spend long periods at sea. Ashore, Beatriz, who learned everything from the verticality of plants, took great care of the roots of their six children. The oldest son, Jacinto (Hyacinth), my father, dreamed he could be a bird. One day, suddenly, Beatriz died.  My mom didn’t die suddenly, but she too died when I was 17 years-old. On that day, me and my father met in the loss of our mothers and our relationship was no longer just that of father and daughter.

[2020] Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival (FIPRESCI Prize) [Germany]
[2020] True False Film Festival [USA]
[2020] International Debut Film Festival "Spirit of Fire" [Russia]
[2020] Vilnius International Film Festival (Best Film Award) [Lithuania]
[2020] Thessaloniki Documentary Festival [Greece]
[2020] Jeonju International Film Festival [South Korea]
[2020] Taipei Film Festival [Taiwan] (Special Jury Prize)
[2020] DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival [Albania]
[2020] Beijing International Film Festival [China]
[2020] Melbourne International Film Festival [Australia] 
[2020] Pesaro Film Festival [Italy]
[2020] IndieLisboa - International Film Festival [Portugal]

Documentary, Fiction,
2020, Portugal, 101'

Script: Catarina Vasconcelos
Cinematography: Paulo Menezes
Sound: Adriana Bolito, Rafael Cardoso
Editing: Francisco Moreira
Production: Primeira Idade / Pedro Fernandes Duarte, Joana Gusmão
Cast: Manuel Rosa, João Móra, Ana Vasconcelos, Zé Maria Rosa, Henrique Móra, Inês Melo Campos, Nuno Vasconcelos, Henrique Vasconcelos, Catarina Vasconcelos