The art of delusion is sculpted with images from a family archive from the 70s and 80s and sound clips from films. Madame Bovary is Flaubert’s heroine and opens the hosts of this narrative exercise. Based on Ema Paiva’s dialogue with her friend and confidant Pedro Lumiares in the film Vale Abraão by Manoel de Oliveira, we understand gender identity as a closed characterization of social values. Ema, who here represents Women in a broader sense, inherits a traditional life in a patriarchal society. Facing this oppression, Ema questions her condition and the society in which she operates. Thanks to the bovarism that integrates in each woman, the force of disobedience will burn the path that was once idealized for them.
Claudia Varejão was born in Porto and studied at the Creativity and Artistic Creation Program of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the German Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin and the São Paulo International Film Acadamy. She also studied Photography at AR.CO in Lisbon. Claúdia is the author of the short film trilogy WEEKEND, A COLD DAT and MORNING LIGHT. AMA-SAN, A PORTRAIT OF JAPANESE DIVERS, was her feature debut, receiving dozens of awards around the world, followed by IN THE DARKNESS OF THE THEATRE I TAKE OFF MY SHOES, a film that shows the intimacy of a group of dancers in a dance company. AMOR FATI is her latest film scheduled to premiere in 2020 and in WOLF AND DOG, in development, she will return to fiction. Cláudia’s films have been selected by and awarded at the most prestigious film festivals, including Locarno, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, Cinema du Reel, Karlovy Vary, Art of the Real - Lincoln Center, among many others. Besides her work as a filmmaker, she developed a career as a photographer and she’s a guest professor at AR.CO and Catholic University of Porto. Her work, whether in film or photography, documentary or fiction, lives from its proximity to those portrayed.