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Essay Film Festival presents: Correspondências (2016)

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

Correspondências (Correspondences)
Portugal · 2016 · DIGITAL · Color · 145' · o.v. Portuguese/Spanish/French/English/Italian/Greek/Russian


Jorge de Sena was forced to leave his country. First he moved to Brazil, and later to the USA. He never returned to Portugal. During his 20-year-long exile, he kept an epistolary correspondence with Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. These letters are a testimony of the profound friendship between the two poets, letters of longing and of desire to 'fill years of distance with hours of conversation'�. Through excerpts and verses, a dialog is established, revealing their divergent opinions but mostly their strong bond, and their efforts to preserve it until their last breaths.


This special event expands on the films' focus on the exchanges between Jorge de Sena and Sophia de Mello Breyner by reflecting on their writing and inviting Margaret Jull Costa and Pedro Mexia to read a selection of poems by the two poets.

We are also excited to welcome Rita Azevedo Gomes who will be in converdation with Kieron Corless.

This event is organised with the support of Camões Institute and CILAVS.

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