cláudia varejão

2020 Portugal DOC 6 '

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.


Was born in Porto in 1980. She began her film studies in Lisbon, first on camera and then later took a directing course at Restart. She has also done an intensive course on feature film directing at the International Film Academy in São Paulo and, undertook further film studies with the German Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin as part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Creativity Program.