Paulo Rocha has a unique perspective on life as well as on its transposition to film. Around Rocha's Table delves into the life and work of Paulo Rocha, a cutting-edge filmmaker and founder of a new film movement that would later be dubbed "the nouveau Portuguese cinema."
From the endless filmography of Manoel de Oliveira to the more recent Rita Azevedo Gomes, the history of Portuguese film is inevitably associated with the "modernity" of cinema. From his outstanding debut The Green Years (1963) to the last work of his oeuvre If I Were a Thief... I'd Steal (2011), the works of Paulo Rocha have also occupied an important place in the genealogy of modern cinema. Rocha had been making films, moving between realism and poetic expression, without ignoring the unstable political situation and people in Portugal, and this documentary tells the story of his life through his acquaintances and colleagues. In particular, it depicts not only the world of his work but also his time in Japan as a government official, the origin of his ambitious masterpiece The Isle of Love. [Sung MOON]
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