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José e Pilar / José and Pilar

based on real people documentary (people)

Portuguese Japanese subtitles

Director: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes / 2010 / Portugal, Spain, Brazil / 117 minutes

José and Pilar gives us a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century and the author of Blindness, one of the best-selling books during this particular moment in human history, marked by the novel corona virus (Covid19) pandemic. The documentary follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobellaureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Rio. It shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his new book and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. José and Pilar reveals the hidden Saramago, unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. It is a funny and touching portrait on the endurance of the artistic spirit. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his death.


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