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When

Dec 26, 2012 – Jan 8, 2013

Daily

Where

Film Forum

209 W Houston St

212.727.8110

Price

$12.50

A former critic, Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes has made quite a name for himself on the film festival circuit. His second feature, the 2008 Our Beloved Month of August, which was recently released on DVD and VOD, won him a number of accolades and Tabu, now playing at a theater near you, took home the International Film Critics award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Named after F. W. Murnau's last film, Tabu is a quirky two-part tale that juxtaposes realism and fantasy. Shot in black-and-white, the film's first chapter introduces us to Pilar, a kindly, left-leaning middle-aged woman, who lives in a Lisbon and becomes concerned about her eccentric elderly neighbor, Aurora. A woman with a gambling habit and a daughter she hardly sees, Aurora takes ill and asks Pilar to seek out the mysterious Gian Luca Ventura. After tracking him down, the second chapter ensues and we learn the details of Aurora's earlier life as a big-game-hunting heiress living on a farm in a Portuguese colonial state in Africa and engaging in an illicit affair. Possessing a dreamlike quality, this wondrous understated gem is a must-see for art-house enthusiasts.

Mindy Bond, Flavorpill