Adaptation of Franz Kafka’s short story A Fratricide. Mr. Wese and Schmar are brothers, but soon they will see the love of Mrs. Wese as the limit of brotherly affection. And Pallas observes everything, impassive and serene.
Courtyards are hybrid spaces in architecture, outdoor places inside a building complex. In Pátio do Carrasco, André Gil Mata describes a mysterious event from the points of view of four characters. Four characters as the four walls of a courtyard, unveiling the enigma as the space itself closes in and concentrates. The windows (a major authorial trope) compose a timeless kaleidoscope where camera movements (the surprising zooms and dolly zooms that break the stasis of everyday life) and sound effects synchronize us around a whodunit à la Rashomon, where everything is built around silences and the out-of-field compositions. Kafka’s short story A Fratricide and the history of the last Portuguese executioner merge in a cardboard Lisbon so that, in the end, we end up in the beginning, with the maestro. (Ricardo Vieira Lisboa)