03 May 2021, 12:00 am
José and Pilar
Programme Type
Films and Exhibitions, Webcasts

José e Pilar
[117 min; 2010; Spanish & Portuguese with English subtitles]
Director: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes

Recipient of the Audience Award for Best Brazilian Documentary, São Paolo International Film Festival 2010; Audience Award for Best Film, Winner of the Don Quijote Award & Film Award for Best Documentary, Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português 2011; and Andorinha Trophy for Best Documentary, Cineport – Portuguese Film Festival 2011

A deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. The film follows the Nobel Prize winning Portuguese author José Saramago and his Spanish journalist wife Pilar del Rio during his last years, including the writing of his book The Elephant's Journey. An incredibly intimate look at the lives of Jose and Pilar, that follows them from early 2006 until shortly after the release of The Elephant's Journey in 2008.