Catarina Vasconcelos

Explicação das ondas | Explanation of the Waves



“I thought many times about how the waves face their death every day, without fear, with the beauty of a great ending.”
Through the vulnerability of the gaze, Catarina Vasconcelos sets out to learn the days and the seasons in an extraordinary attempt to understand “what cannot be explained.” “I think maybe, in some way, that’s the reason we make films.”
It is through the movement of the waves that Catarina proposes to reflect on two moments of family loss and, simultaneously, on a personal encounter with memory, with time and space. Metamorfose dos Pássaros, her recently released first feature film, and Metáfora ou Tristeza Virada do Avesso, the shortfilm that we will see in the session Explicação da casa // Explanation of the house, are the starting point for this masterclass session in which we will talk with the director, accepting her invitation to wander between paintings, music and all those extraordinary little things that make us learn, skin deep, what is not explained. “However, we can’t stop trying.”


Catarina Vasconcelos was born in Lisbon in 1986. She graduated at the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa, after which she did a post-graduation in Visual Anthropology at ISCTE-IUL. +

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