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O trio em mi bemol

The Kegelstatt Trio
Still from the film "O trio em mi bemol (The Kegelstatt Trio)" by Rita Azevedo Gomes. A man sits on a garden wall. In the background a woman stands smoking at the bottom of the stairs.
© Basilisco Filmes
  • Director

    Rita Azevedo Gomes

  • Portugal, Spain / 2022
    127 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    French, Spanish, Portuguese

In 1987, during the writing process of QUATRE AVENTURES DE REINETTE ET MIRABELLE, Nouvelle Vague master Éric Rohmer decided to leave out the fifth episode of the film and develop it into a theatre play instead. Inspired by the famous Mozart piece, he called it "Le Trio en mi bémol", and it went on to premiere at the end of that year at the Théâtre Renaud-Barrault under his direction. 35 years later, Portuguese filmmaker Rita Azevedo Gomes has now taken on the play and made it her own with the help and complicity of some dear friends. Conceived by Rohmer as a "comédie brève en sept tableaux", Azevedo Gomes respects the main structure, a series of encounters between two ex-lovers who still are very fond of each other. But in her version, Paul (Pierre Léon) and Adélia (Rita Durão) extensively discuss love, passion and tenderness for the camera of a film director (legendary Spanish filmmaker Adolfo Arrieta), who teases the actors at his whim. With her usual keen eye for beauty and elegance, Azevedo Gomes draws the best not only from her actors but also from the set, a beautiful sixties modernist beach house on the coast of the Minho region. (Luciano Monteagudo)

Rita Azevedo Gomes was born in 1952 in Lisbon, Portugal. She first studied art, followed by film and theatre. In addition to being a filmmaker, she also works as a curator at Lisbon’s Cinemateca Portuguesa. Her film A Portuguesa was shown at the Berlinale Forum in 2019.

Production Rita Azevedo Gomes. Production company Basilisco Filmes (Cascais, Portugal). Director Rita Azevedo Gomes. Screenplay Rita Azevedo Gomes with Renaud Legrand, after Eric Rohmer’s theatre play. Cinematography Jorge Quintela. Editing Rita Azevedo Gomes. Sound design António Porém Pires. Sound Olivier Blanc. Production design Roberta Azevedo Gomes. Costumes Roberta Azevedo Gomes. Assistant director Mauro Soares. Production manager Mário Veloso. Co-producer Gonzalo García-Pelayo. Co-production Gong Producciones. With Rita Durão, Pierre Léon, Ado Arrieta, Olívia Cábez.

Films: 1990: O Som da Terra a Tremer / The Sound of the Earth Shaking (93 min.). 1996: O Cinema Vai ao Teatro / Cinema Goes to the Theatre (26 min.). 1998: Intromissões: Parabéns Manoel de Oliveira / Intromissions: Congratulations Manoel de Oliveira (55 min.). 1999: King Arthur (30 min.). 2001: Frágil Como o Mundo / Fragile as the World (91 min.). 2003: Altar (72 min.). 2005: A Conquista de Faro / The Conquest of Faro (33 min.). 2007: A 15ª Pedra: Manoel de Oliveira e João Bénard da Costa em Conversa / The 15th Stone: Manoel de Oliveira and João Bénard da Costa in Conversation (117 min.). 2009: A Colecção Invisível / The Invisible Collection (56 min.). 2011: A Vingança de uma Mulher / A Woman’s Revenge (100 min.). 2016: Correspondências / Correspondences (145 min.). 2018: A Portuguesa / The Portuguese Woman (136 min.). 2020: O Ah! das coisas, 6 de Abril 2020 (2 min.). 2022: O trio em mi bemol / The Kegelstatt Trio.

Bonus Material

Essay and Director's Statement

  • Still from the film "O trio em mi bemol (The Kegelstatt Trio)" by Rita Azevedo Gomes. A woman in a green sweater sits looking pensively with her legs crossed on the end of a sofa.


    In "Disinterestedly Happy” Philipp Stadelmaier contemplates O TRIO EM MI BEMOL and the cinema of Rita Azevedo Gomes.

  • Still from the film "O trio em mi bemol". A man and a woman sit near the window in sparse, spacious room, casting long shadows.

    Director's Statement

    Rita Azevedo Gomes on the magic of shooting her film.

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