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The Heart and the Body (FOCUS PORTUGAL)
BATRACHIAN’S BALLAD
BALADA DE UM BATRÁQUIO

Portugal, 2016, 11′

“Simultaneously strange and familiar, distant and near, disquieting and seductive, outsider and cosmopolitan, gypsies are shrouded in an aura of ambiguity. They cannot be said to be invisible, as they hardly go unnoticed.” (Daniel Seabra Lopes, in “Deriva Cigana”, 2008). Like the gypsies, ceramic frogs don’t go unnoticed to a careful observer. “Batrachian’s Ballad” comes about in a context of ambiguity. A film that intervenes in the reality of Portuguese everyday life, as a form of fabling about a xenophobic behavior.

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    Leonor Teles/
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