Gabriel Abrantes & Vimukthi Jayasundara - Taprobana
Denmark / Portugal / Sri Lanka 2014
Gabriel Abrantes / Vimukthi Jayasundara
Taprobana, a CPH:LAB production, has been selected for Toronto International Film Festival 2014
This is the first collaboration between Vimukthi Jayasundara from Sri Lanka and Gabriel Abrantes from Portugal. Taking place in the 16th century, the film follows the famous Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões in the making of the epic poem Os Lusíadas. A journey through Taprobana, now known as Sri Lanka, is a comically amusing and stunningly inventive depiction of his creative process and the relationship with his Chinese lover, Ti-nan-men.
The epic lyric poem Os Lusíadas recounts the narrative of the Portuguese voyages of discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries, such as the journeys of the explorer Vasco da Gama. In this sense Camões can be seen as one of the first modern European colonial authors, developing his practice while stationed in Portuguese colonies. The irony of his case is formed by the fact that while he was in these countries so different from his own, Camões only concentrated on writing a narrative concerning the identity of the Portuguese people.
The film premiered at Berlinale Shorts competition in 2014 and is now selected for screening at Toronto International Film Festival. If you are in Toronto this September, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see ‘Taprobana’:
September 8, 16:45: Cinema 3 (TIFF Bell Lightbox)
September 14, 19:15: Cinema 4 - Paul & Leah Atkinson Family Cinema (TIFF Bell Lightbox)