Julie, a young French actress fluent in Portuguese, goes to Lisbon for the first time to act in a film based on Letters from a Portuguese Nun—a 17th-century novel. She is soon fascinated by a nun who prays on a hill every night. One night, she finally speaks with the nun and glimpses her destiny.
A solemn, Lisbon-set city symphony, the elegant, delicate, and most unusual The Portuguese Nun is quintessential Eugène Green. It features a honed staccato style reminiscent of Bresson; a love for baroque philosophy; shrewd and stylized monologues; and a highly deadpan sense of humor and romance.
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States