As Pinturas do Meu Irmăo Júlio

As Pinturas do Meu Irmăo Júlio

Obrazy mého bratra Júlia

  • Manoel de Oliveira
  • Portugal
  • 1965, 15 min
Script: Manoel de Oliveira
Photography: Manoel de Oliveira
Editing: Manoel de Oliveira
Sound: Abreu e Oliveira
Music: Carlos Paredes
Color: Colour
Language: Portuguese

Júlio, the artist named in the title of the documentary - his full name is Júlio dos Reis Pereira (1903-1983), was the brother of the writer José Régio, with whom Manoel de Oliveira often worked. _ In this nostalgic and dreamlike film, paintings fill the entire surface of screen. The camera penetrates Júlio's images, which bring to life the memory of his brother living in exile, whose words, resounding outside the image, make it possible to understand the individual images on the screen. _ Words and images also form part of the space of family memory, of the home in which both men were born. While José's texts conquered the world (or at least that part of the world in which Portuguese is spoken), his brother's paintings are known only to a small circle of people. The memory that connects the artistic expression of the two brothers determines the film's rhythm and leads the director to look at the manifestations of culture on which a nation is formed and takes shape. _ The film was originally part of a larger project, which Oliveira called "One Nation's Stage". The film-stream, that was to be many hours in length, was intended to contain passages from plays with religious motifs, extracts from Portuguese literary works, short documentary material on artists, and other artefacts of national culture. _ In addition to this documentary-memoir linking the art of two brothers (home and exile), the project was also intended to include the films Acto da Primavera and O Păo.

Photo Gallery

Festival edition: 2006
Sections: Manoel de Oliveira
Exhibition format: BetaCam PAL


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard