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The Blue Flower of Novalis

ONE WORLD ROMANIA #13

portugheză română, engleză

Director: Gustavo Vinagre, Rodrigo Carneiro
Duration: 1h 10

Marcelo Diorio believes that in a past life he used to be Novalis, the German romantic poet, whose ideal was to find the “blue flower,” synonymous with that aspirational meaning of life, knowing at the same time one can never attain it. In fact, his relationship with the past is extremely relevant for the person he has become over time: he has come to the conclusion that all past generations of women and men in his family, accustomed to conform to social norms without exploring their own inclinations — especially when it comes to sexuality — have created the karmic circumstances that have now enabled him to carry out such probes. For this reason, his main existential pursuit is to accept those parts of the body deemed inferior in Christian moral tradition, to endow them with as much importance as certain aspects of humanity deemed noble, to indulge and contemplate them. Fittingly, the film opens with an extreme close up around the anus and ends with a foray inside the protagonist’s anal orifice. It is a symbolic image — much like the “blue flower” for Novalis — of his interest, through all sorts of ritualistic devices, in the exploration of homosexuality, and with the aspiration, on this level, to find the meaning of life and even God. (by Andrei Rus)

Festivals and awards:

  • Berlin International Film Festival 2019
  • Indielisboa 2019
  • Cinéma du réel 2019
  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - Honorable Mention
  • Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2019 - Honorable Mention
  • Transcinema, Peru 2019
The Blue Flower of Novalis ONE WORLD ROMANIA #13

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