The Embassy of Portugal in Greece, the Instituto Camões in Athens, and KINEO Athens present:
Day 3 of Portugal Now! screenings in BIOS Cinematheque, November 18th, 2021
By Cláudia Varejão
Portugal, 2020, 102’
Digital File, Color, sound,
Subtitles: Greek, English
Amor Fati seeks out parts that complete each other. These are portraits of couples, friends, families and pets and their owners. They share the intimacy of daily life, habits, beliefs, tastes and even some physical traits. From their faces, from the choreography of their gestures, we unveil the story that binds them. Drawn from everyday life, right before our eyes the film portrays a chorus of affection and the collective memory of a country, evoking Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Symposium: Do you desire to be wholly one; always day and night to be in one another’s company? For if this is what you desire, I am ready to melt you into one and let you grow together, so that being two you shall become one?
Cláudia Varejão (1980, Portugal) was educated in film directing and camerawork in Lisbon, São Paulo and Berlin. Besides being a filmmaker, she works as a cinematographer on documentaries. She is the author of the short film trilogy Fim de semana (2007), Um dia frio (2009) and Luz da manhã (2012). In 2016 she made her feature debut, Ama-san. Amor fati (2020) was selected for IFFR 2021. Varejão also developed a career as a photographer and creates video projects for theatre, performances and fine arts.
Amor fati (2020, 102’), Ama-San (2016, 112’), Morning Light (2012, 15’), Cold Day (2009, 55), Weekend (2007, 14’), Wanting (2005, 52)
João Braz, Cláudia Varejão
Hugo Leitão, Daniel Almada
Terratreme Filmes, Mira Film, La Belle Affaire Productions