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The Maias: Scenes from Romantic Life (Os Maias – Cenas da Vida Romântica)


Presented by the Consulate General of Portugal

New York premiere. Portugal/Brazil. Dir. João Botelho. 2014, 139 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles. With Graciano Dias, Maria Flor, Filipe Vargas. Adapted from esteemed Portuguese novelist Eça de Queirós’s nineteenth-century masterpiece Os Maias, this sumptuously designed tragicomedy is a sweeping saga of forbidden love and familial decline. It follows the ill-fated bloodline of the fallen Maia family across three generations, eventually landing on 27-year-old Carlos (Graciano Dias), who sets out to restore the clan’s honor by setting up a medical practice in Lisbon. But the allure of illicit romance is strong. The stunningly stylized production design embraces theatrical artifice to create a dazzling storybook world.

Free admission. Tickets will be given out on the day of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis. Members (Film Lover level and MoMI Kids Premium levels) may reserve tickets by emailing [email protected].