Directed by: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes,
Produced by: Vasco Sequeira,
Written By: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, Diogo Figueira and Sabrina D. Marques
Director of Photography: Leandro Fuzeta
Edited By: António Tainha
Saudade's Labyrinth (O Labirinto da Saudade) Synopsis
LongShot invited Miguel Gonçalves Mendes (José e Pilar) to adapt to cinema one of the most lucid works of Portuguese culture – “Saudade's Labyrinth" (O Labirinto da Saudade, translated to English as “A Mythic Psychoanalysis of the Portuguese Destiny”), on a unique journey inside the brilliant mind of Eduardo Lourenço. At the age of 94, the writer and philosopher Eduardo Lourenço projects through his memory the questions that still remain in him today. Which traumas have defined us as Portuguese people? Who are we? What have we done? Which atrocities have we committed? Which path should we follow? These questions are the starting point to “O Labirinto da Saudade”, a film about the “condemned nation since its inceptions to run out of dreams larger than itself”, but also the celebration of the life and work of one of the greatest authors of Portuguese Culture.
Narrated and starring Eduardo Lourenço himself, the documentary walks through his memory and the history of Portugal. Throughout the journey, he crosses paths with ghosts from our past and friends from his present - outstanding figures of the Lusophone culture such as Álvaro Siza Vieira (Portuguese acclaimed architect), José Carlos Vasconcelos (Portuguese writer), Diogo Dória (Portuguese lawyer and writer), Gonçalo M. Tavares (Portuguese writer), Lídia Jorge (Portuguese writer), Ricardo Araújo Pereira (Portuguese comedian) and Gregório Duvivier (Brazilian comedian), who assume the role of interlocutors and drivers of the reflections written in the book.
Miguel Gonçalves Mendes' bio
Miguel Gonçalves Mendes was born is 1978 in Covilhã, Portugal. He worked as an actor, director and producer and directed several feature films and documentaries.
In 2002, he founded JumpCut, a cinema and theatre producer, based in Lisbon.
He is currently one of the established names of the new generation of Portuguese filmmakers. He held a series of award-winning documentaries, experimental films and projects on request.
His film Floripes, released in 2007, is his first hybrid production (documentary-fiction), a format the director began to explore. In 2011, he had the debut of his project José e Pilar, in co-production with O2Filmes and the Spanish producer El Deseo (from the Almodovar brothers).
Internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences, the film collected awards in several festivals and was elected to represent Portugal in the category of Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2012. Among his most recent works is the series “I’ve nothing of my own", displayed by Canal Brazil in 2013.
In 2018, Miguel adapted to the cinema one of the most lucid works of Portuguese culture – “Saudade's Labyrinth" from Eduardo Lourenço – on a unique journey inside a brilliant mind.
Miguel’s most recent project is the documentary MEANING OF LIFE - a film that tells the story of a young man with Amyloidosis and his exciting search for purpose, meaning and truth. In parallel, Miguel is also developing the long fiction film "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ", the controversial adaptation novel by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago.
Saudade, a word which exists only in Portuguese Language, can be defined as: (n.) a nostalgic longing for something or someone that was loved and then lost, with the knowledge that it or they might never return; "the love that remains"