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Vale Abraão

Quinzaine 1993 | Feature film | 3 h 07

This year, it is with great joy that we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Abraham’s Valley by Manoel de Oliveira (Directors’ Fortnight 1993) with actress Leonor Silveira and producer Paulo Branco in attendance. The adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary transposed to the
Portugal of the second half of the 20th century, which the director commissioned the author Augustina Bessa-Luís to write. Abraham’s Valley is a film of powerful eroticism and sensuality. “How a woman resists men, who are the power, using the force of her poetic vision of the world, even if it is just an illusion. Emma hangs onto lyricism, to the epic, to a way of making poetry from the world that surrounds her in order to resist the masculine characters, who see the world as nothing but a series of power games.” (Manoel de Oliveira, Cahiers du Cinéma n°469.) 

Artistic & technical sheet


Cecile Sanz de Alba
Diogo Doria
Gloria de Matos
Isabelle Ruth
Joao Perry
Leonor Silveira
Luis Lima Barreto
Luis Miguel Cintra
Rui de Carvalho

Manoel de Oliveira d'’après le roman de Agustina Bessa-Luis, “Vale Abraao”

Mario Barroso

Henri Maikoff

Manoel de Oliveira, Valérie Loiseleux

Set decoration
Maria José Branco

Production : Madragoa Filmes, Lisbonne, Portugal Venteà l'étranger : Mercure Distribution, Paris, France


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