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Berlinale Shorts

Taprobana

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Taprobana, now known as Sri Lanka, at the end of the 16th century. The largest island in the Indian Ocean is ruled by the Portuguese as a colonial power. An elephant wallows in the water. It heaves and lowers itself pleasurably, its trunk sucked full, snorting. A man relishes a woman. They have sex in the open air. As the man climaxes, the elephant climbs out of the water. The man is Luís Vaz de Camões, Portuguese poet and later, national hero. Now he is still an officer serving the Portuguese crown. Banished from Lisbon, he lives in exile and works on the only thing that matters to him, The Lusiads. In the formal epic based on Homer's Odyssey, he outlines a journey through time, examining the heroic history of Portuguese conquests.
The film is a subjective, comical journey exploring the creative origins of this work. Abrantes draws close to his hero by means of private insights. At the end, Camões stands before the poet's Olympus and a conversation ensues.

Portugal / Sri Lanka / Denmark 2014, 24 min

by

Gabriel Abrantes

with

Naxto Checa
Jani Zhao
Gabriel Abrantes
David Lasantha
João Pedro Vale
André Principe
Gonçalo Pena
Alexandre Melo