Our Beloved Month of August (Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto) is a tantalizing mix of documentary, fiction and everything in-between, Miguel Gomes' multi-award winning film is his intoxicating love song to rural Portugal... and to cinema. Intricately structured and beautifully filmed, Gomes creates a narrative that slowly and craftily emerges into the sunlight from under its documentary canvas, through the entrancing use of visuals, sound and music.
In its deliberate moulding of documentary into fiction and vice versa, and with its nods to The Wizard of Oz as well as to the universe of Apichatpong and Pedro Costa, the film follows a playful, evolutionary path to become something wholly individual and entirely unique.
Described by Sight & Sound as "A hybrid work of bewitching perversity... a tender and perceptive portrait of a richly ordinary enclosed world," Our Beloved Month of August will be released on UK DVD by Second Run on 26th September 2011 at the RRP of £12.99.
Presented in a new anamorphic 16:9 digital transfer, approved by the director, with new and improved English subtitle translation, the special features will include:
- Miguel Gomes' 2006 short film Canticle of All Creatures (Cântico das Criaturas);
- Original theatrical trailer;
- 16-page booklet featuring a new essay by Kieron Corless, deputy editor of Sight & Sound.