Who Is Bárbara Virgínia?

Luísa Sequeira

IFFR 2018

Regained

  • 77'
  • Portugal
  • 2017

Bárbara Virgínia was the first Portuguese woman to direct a feature film. Her surrealist/expressionist debut, Três dias sem Deus, was promptly selected for the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946. She was also the youngest female director at the time. However, she never received the recognition she deserved female pioneers simply didn’t make the history books. Owing to a fire, just under 26 minutes (without sound) of her debut has survived.

Filmmaker Luísa Sequeira goes in search of this flamboyant, progressive character. In her only short documentary, Aldeia dos Rapazes (1946), Virgínia has orphans look directly into the camera – an unusual stylistic device for those days. Virgínia was a breath of fresh air in conservative, patriarchal Portugal. Unfortunately, she never got the chance to make more films. Having moved to São Paolo, her fame faded. This documentary, with a wonderful melancholy score, finally takes her seriously.

Director
Luísa Sequeira
Premiere
International premiere
Countries of production
Portugal, Brazil
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
77'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Quem é Bárbara Virgínia?
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Pedro Medeiros / Um Segundo Filmes, Monica Botelho / Mutuca filmes
Production Companies
Um Segundo Filmes, Mutuca filmes
Sales
Um Segundo Filmes
Cinematography
Eduardo Sama, Luísa Sequeira
Editor
Luísa Sequeira
Sound Design
Mauricio d'Orey
Website
http://umsegundofilmes.com/project/quem-e-barbara-virginia/