The King's Body

O corpo de Afonso

Portugal, 2013, 32’

directed by: João Pedro Rodrigues

written by: João Pedro Rodrigues

cinematography: João Pedro Rodrigues

edited by: Mariana Gaivão

producer: João Pedro Rodrigues

production: Fundação Cidade de Guimarães

festivals and awards: 

Toronto IFF 2013; DocLisboa 2013; Locarno IFF 2013; Curtas Vila do Conde IFF 2013

What would it be like to depict the body of Dom Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, which was subject to continued mythologization through Portuguese past?

João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. His career began at the 54th Venice Festival with the short Parabéns!, which won the Special Jury Prize. His debut feature Phantom screened at the 57th Venice festival. His film Odete won a Cinémas de Recherche Special Mention at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes.