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


With director João Botelho in person

Presented by the Consulate General of Portugal

At Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Visit for more information.

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. 

Tickets for Panorama Europe at the Bohemian National Hall are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.