Independent British distributors New Wave Films will release on Blu-ray Portuguese director Miguel Gomes' Tabu (2012), starring Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral and Ana Moreira. The release will be available for purchase online and at all major retailers in the United Kingdom on January 14th, 2013.
Earlier this year, Tabu was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival where it won FIPRESCI Prize and Alfred Bauer Award.
Miguel Gomes directs this romantic drama, which pays homage to the silent films of F.W. Murnau and Robert J. Flaherty. Filmed in black and white, the film is divided into two parts, the first half takes up the story from the point of view of Pilar (Madruga), a middle-aged political activist whose neighbour Aurora (Soveral) is a senile old lady with a gambling addiction and a propensity to tell colourful tales about her past in Mozambique. As Aurora's health starts to decline, she asks Pilar to track down a man called Ventura (Henrique Espírito Santo), with whom she had a passionate affair as a newly-married young woman. The second part of the film details the affair between the beautiful young Aurora (Moreira) and her Portuguese lover (Carloto Cotta), revealing their secret passion that unfolded in Africa over half an century previously.