Our Beloved Month of August (image 1)

This Portuguese film is the revelation of the year... an idiosyncratic, very funny and moving blend of documentary, fiction and popular music.

Adrian Martin, Sight & Sound

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Our Beloved Month of August 2008

Aquele querido mês de agosto

Directed by Miguel Gomes

Take a summer holiday with this strange and wonderful film. A playful weave of documentary, love story and popular song, set at an annual music festival in the mountains of Arganil, Portugal.

150 minutes 35mm

Director

Producers

Luís Urbano
,
Sandro Aguilar

Screenplay

Miguel Gomes
,
Mariana Ricardo
,
Telmo Churro

Photography

Rui Poças

Editors

Telmo Churro
,
Miguel Gomes

Set decorator

Bruno Duarte

Sound

Vasco Pimentel
,
Miguel Martins
,
António Lopes

Music

Mariana Ricardo

With

Sónia Bandeira (Tânia)
,
Fábio Oliveira (Hélder)
,
Joaquim Carvalho (Domingos)
,
Andreia Santos (Lena)
,
Armando Nunes (Gomes)
,
Manuel Soares (Celestino)
,
Emmanuelle Fèvre (Fátima)

Festivals

Cannes (Directors' Fortnight), Vancouver 2008; San Francisco 2009

Elsewhere

Surrender to this strange and wonderful film's playful weaving between documentary and drama and its rousing soundtrack and you may feel the benefits of a summer holiday in the mountains of Arganil, Portugal. Director Miguel Gomes becomes acquainted with some of the local legends before introducing some legends of his own in a storyline about a trio of musicians who appear to be living the kind of forbidden, thwarted love lives they sing about with such gratifying fervour. — BG

“A tantalizing mix of documentary, fiction and everything in between (including music video), Miguel Gomes' 150-minute love song to rural Portugal, scores viscerally as well as intellectually. Gorgeously photographed performances by semi-pro Portuguese dance-music bands at the summer Pardieiros festival set one's eyes ablaze and toes tapping, but Gomes goes further to work the brain as a narrative slowly, sneakily emerges out of the vérité melody-making.” —Rob Nelson, Variety