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"JOSÉ AND PILAR" (DOC.118') - 2011 - English Subtitled - USA Version

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A film by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes Production Co: JumpCut, El Deseo S.A., O2 Filmes Portugal's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. Release Date: 18 November 2010 (Portugal) Synopsis: "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." Press Quotes: "its so carefully constructed that at times it feels like fiction, shuttling easily and with a surprising level of intimacy between Saramago the public persona and Saramago the private man." in "Variety" (EUA) "The film portrays Jose's clearheaded pessimism in his quests for human rights. in "Chaiers du cinema" (Spain) "Gonçalves' work shapes itself into a passionate and outstanding document, with which this critic hastily glowed. in "El PaÍs" (Spain). "A rare truth in cinema (...) José and Pilar is a moving love story." Fernando Meirelles in "Público" newspaper (Portugal). "The film is wrist-cutting touching. We see a brilliant man realizing his time is drawing near and feeling regretful about it. The day he thought about so much and kept delaying sadly arrived. Fernando Meirelles in "I" newspaper (Portugal). "Arrests us from the beginning, which is the end, and from the end, which is the beginning. " Baltasar Garzón in "DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS " newspaper (Portugal). "Me finding Joris was a fantastic love story. In a certain way it reminds me of the romance between Pilar and Saramago. I watched the film and it touched my very much." Marceline Loridan-Ivens (Joris Ivens wife) in "EXPRESSO " newspaper (Portugal). Miguel Gonçalves Mendes' camera is unobtrusive but doesn't conceal nor hide the essence of being with Pilar and José, more than just knowing them. Luis Sepúlveda (Spain). "An amazing film about the love that tied them and the exhausting daily routine of a public figure." Eurico de Barros in "DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS "[★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ]newspaper (Portugal). "A movie that is as powerful as it is difficult to pigeonhole. (...) Left us alone with Saramago and Pilar, even when the whole world surrounded them." Alexandre Borges in "I" [★ ★ ★ ★ ] newspaper (Portugal). "José and Pilar is a documentary, but a documentary that ends with the illusion of the pure documentary. The end of a cycle. A monument to the glory of a writer" Mario Jorge Torres in "PÚBLICO - ÍPSILON "[★ ★ ★ ★ ] newspaper (Portugal). "Miguel Gonçalves Mendes took four years to make this documentary but watching it makes us realize it will last for much longer." Cristina Margato in "Expresso" newspaper [★ ★ ★ ★ ] (Portugal). "Indeed, an extraordinary documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes. In its 125 minutes out of the 240 hours shoot during four years, it manages to show us the core of the richness and human dimensions in Saramago and his wife, in their lives. It's a film about life, period." José Carlos de Vasconcelos in "Jornal de letras" newspaper (Portugal). "a documentary about a unique relationship (...) you don't even have to be fond of José Saramago, his books or share his ideology to like José and Pilar." Sergio Abranches in "TIME OUT " [★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ] magazine (Portugal). "It manages to portray, in a comic, often caricatured way, the baffling life of a writer..." Cristina Margato in JORNAL "EXPRESSO "newspaper ...