On July 17, 1794, in the midst of the French Revolution, 16 Carmelite nuns were guillotined, accused of collusion with counterrevolutionary activities. The film follows Luís Miguel Cintra’s stage direction of Poulenc’s opera Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Doclisboa wants to question the present of film, bringing along its history and assuming cinema as a mode of freedom. By refusing the categorization of film practice, it searches for the new problematics that cinematic image implies, in its multiple ways of engagement with the contemporary. Doclisboa tries to be a place to imagine reality through new modes of perception, reflection, and possible new forms of action.