Celebrated Portuguese auteur João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) enlists a group of musclemen for this brilliant and idiosyncratic inquiry into his country’s centuries-old fascination with the legendary king Afonso Henriques.

Wavelengths

The King's Body

João Pedro Rodrigues

Playing as part of Un Conte de Michel de Montaigne and The King's Body and Redemption

In O Corpo de Afonso, João Pedro Rodrigues launches a brilliant and idiosyncratic inquiry into Portugal's centuries-old fascination with the country's first king, Afonso Henriques, stories of whose purportedly gigantic body and colossal sword have provided ready-made iconography for generations of later rulers. (Salazar himself adopted Afonso's mythic image as a key ideological prop for his regime.) Enlisting a group of musclemen, employing stripped-down (pun intended) means, combining contorted figures with lurid colours worthy of Ingres and evoking issues of class and sexuality along the way, Rodrigues brings new meaning to the term "cinematic corpus" in his attempt to find a fresh form for this national myth at a critical juncture in the country's present.

ANDRÉA PICARD

Screenings

Wed Sep 11

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
7:00pm
Thu Sep 12

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
10:00am