Afonso Rapazote, Bernardo Rapazote

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Portugal, Fiction, 2020, 28′

The death of the queen left the court empty of feminine presences for several years. Between a cup of tea and a irony as sharp as a saber end, Corte is a chess game involving a murder and a birth, a fight for the succession to the throne.

In “Corte”, the Rapazote twins send the traditional historic film to a place where the sun doesn’t shine. A royal palace intrigue, a “whodunnit”, a masterfully directed set of actors, a very well-written script and a hats-off to the dialogues. The duo does everything well, risking being a very serious case in Portuguese cinema. For more than 10 years, whoever paid attention to filmmakers from ESTC knows that the future of Portuguese cinema is theirs. And these reckless twins from Viseu turn the impossible into their normality. (Miguel Valverde)