Moral Order a film by Mário Barroso

Director's statement

This project arises from a desire: to film an actress. The expressions of an actress. The look of an actress. The face, the hands, the skin of an actress. The body, especially the body of an actress. The actress Maria de Medeiros.

More than an intention, there is this fact. I have been a director of photography for about 40 years. I have spent my life filming and lighting actors and actresses, sets, animals, cutaway shots and silly things. I know what I don’t want. I have consideration and respect for TV movies, I consider the stories to be effectively told, as proof of a rare talent.

But in this project of mine I would like the story we are going to tell not to restrain my imagination. I will ensure that it will serve us as a pretext to invent images, sounds, feelings. It is in Maria Adelaide’s face that I would like to find the receptacle of our fears, our indignations and our wishes. More than the story that we tell through her, there will always be the skin texture, the light that abandons her, the desire that consumes her, the body that withers away, that hand that shakes in tenderness, the insane look.

Mário Barroso

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