Scene from the film Through Shadows
Scene from the film Through Shadows
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Through Shadows

  • Portugal
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“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
  • DOP
    Catarina Mourão, Filipe Alarcão
  • Editing
    Catarina Mourão, Pedro Duarte
  • Sound
    Armando Carvalho
  • Duration
    83 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Catarina Mourão with Patrícia Faria, Catarina Alves Costa (Laranja Azul)
      • Portugal
  • Festivals
    • IndieLisboa 2010
    • New York Independent Film and Video Festival July 2010,
    • Indie World Film Festival, Belo Horizonte Brazil 2010;
    • Festival Traces de Vies 2010 Clermont Ferrand, France
    • Festival TEMPS D'IMAGES for FILMS ON ART 2010, Portugal and France
    • Muestra Internacional Documental 2010 de Colombia
    • Selected for the 2011 school programme of the École des Beaux Arts de Paris
  • Awards
    • Best Audience Award at IndieLisboa2010 (International Independent Film Festival), Signis Award at Indie Lisboa 2010;
    • Best Portuguese Film on Art at Festival Temps d'Images Films on Art, Portugal and France
    • "Hors Frontiere" Award Festival Traces de Vie, Best International Documentary, France 2010 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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