A "Esposa" (“The Bride”) is a film by Manuela Barile and Sergio Cruz that comes from a reflection on the ancestral importance of marriage and the crisis that every woman lives, in her own way, depending on the age and the context in which she lives, on the day of the ceremony. Marriage has always been a major change in a woman's life as she leaves her family forever, the house where she was born and where she always lived, to move towards a new and uncertain future. To overcome this dramatic moment of passage, the main character conceives her own ritual that somehow will help to create a sense to her restlessness and that will be fundamental for her later reintegration in the community from which she comes and to connect her to the memory stream, to the inheritance of ancestors, of which she feels to be continuation.
"A Esposa" had as a working basis an anthropological survey carried out among women in the rural village of Sequeiros (S. Pedro do Sul, Portugal), some of whom are featured in the film, in person or with their voices telling their experience of the marriage day. The film soundtrack, a sound composition by Manuela Barile using vocal performance, electroacoustic composition and field recordings, is faithful to the inner world of these women, amplifying and transforming it into an ancestral echo that resounds throughout the sequence of the film.
"A Esposa" is Produced by Binaural/Nodar and funded by the Portuguese Government through the General Directorate for the Arts.
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