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5th DMZ Docs(2013)

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The King’s Body

João Pedro RODRIGUES

  • Portugal
  • 2013
  • 30min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

The King’s Body by João Pedro RODRIGUES is a film about the first king of Portugal, Afonso HENRIQUES. Even if this film tells about the king of somewhat unfamiliar foreign country to us, it intrigues me because of its unique format. When the film starts, muscular men appear on the green screen in order. These men are in different age group from twenties to forties and their occupations are also very multifarious. While men with a mere modicum of clothing are reading related stories to the legend of King Afonso I, the footage related to the king is shown on the screen behind their back. Rulers have used the stories of King Afonso I as a guise for legitimizing their rule so far. In the process, the legend of King Afonso I is sometimes recreated in accordance with their purposes. The King’s Body verifies the truth of distorted and exaggerated legend with cold eyes. In the meantime, hidden or overinflated truth is exposed in nudity. (KIM Yi-seok)

Director

  • João Pedro RODRIGUES

    Born in Lisbon in 1966. His public film career began at the 54th Venice Film Festival in 1997 with the short Happy Birthday!, which won the Special Jury Mention. His first fiction feature, Phantom was screened in the Venice Film Festival’s Official Competition. ODETE won several awards including a Cinémas de Recherche Special Mention at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. His feature project To Die Like a Man was selected in 2007 by Cinéfondation in Cannes. Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013) Mahjong (2013) The King’s Body (2013) The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012) Morning of Saint Anthony’s Day (2012)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerJoão FIGUEIRAS, Fundação Cidade de GUIMARÃES
  • Cinematography João Pedro RODRIGUES
  • Editor Mariana GAIVÃO
  • Sound Carlos CONCEIÇÃO, Nuno CARVALHO

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