Through Shadows

Through Shadows

Through Shadows

2010 / Portugal / 83min

“One day I realized it no longer made sense to make things hang on canvas is too big to be exposed in a museum room, and sometimes so small that nobody can see it" Lourdes Castro became known as the artist "who took care of shadows" Throughout her international career as an artist Lourdes developed the concept of shadow, giving it different forms and finally reducing it to the minimum and dematerializing it. Today, when 80 years old she lives alone in an isolated house in Madeira island. Her art has become so minimalistic that it is hard to separate it from the gestures of her daily life. Lourdes worships every moment of her life, the trick is to keep breathing, she says.



  • Original title
    Pelas Sombras
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Catarina Mourão
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Catarina Mourão, Filipe Alarcão
  • Editing
    Catarina Mourão, Pedro Duarte
  • Music
  • Sound
    Armando Carvalho
  • Duration
    83 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Catarina Mourão with Patrícia Faria, Catarina Alves Costa (Laranja Azul)
  • Distribution


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