Catarina Vasconcelos (1986) graduated from Lisbon University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, before picking up and moving to London where she studied towards a Masters at the Royal College of Art. Vasconcelos’s directorial debut, Metaphor or Sadness Inside Out (2014), won the Best International Short Film award at Cinéma du Réel. Showing at DocPoint this year, The Metamorphosis of Birds, Vasconcelos’s first feature-length film, premiered at Berlin’s 2020 film festival, where it was also presented with the FIPRESCI award. The film is an enchantingly beautiful hybrid documentary where a Portugese family’s story intertwines with nature’s inevitable cycle.
Watch the Q&A with director Catarina Vasconcelos below. The video is in English.