Medea was betrayed by her husband and killed her own children in revenge. Electra plotted her mother’s death to avenge her father’s memory. Antigone challenged the authority of the king to bury her brother and was sentenced to death. Lived on stage by a single actress (Gisela de Castro), these three Greek characters are at the center of this film essay about power, the feminine and humanity. Incorporating interviews with contemporary women – mothers who could not bury their children, exiled women, victims of domestic or state violence – the film proposes a modern resignification of tragedy. The project is a result of filmmaker Aída Marques’ continuous artistic research on the boundaries, if there is any, between the narratives on stage and screen. There is a political desire to intertwine theatrical and cinematic languages as empowering tools for women, considering our both local and global scenario of growing intolerance.
“Tragedies” is somewhere between fiction and documentary.
As an emotional link between the issues from the Greek tragedies and the reality of women in Brazil and beyond, the tesimonials erase boundaries between what is staged and life itself. The real stories shed light on characters on the edge of the scene, break the silence on themes relegated to oblivion in our society and bring to the contemporary age reflections that were born with the theater and with the very idea of civilization.