“Correspondências” by Rita Azevedo Gomes

Wed, 14.03.2018
Cinema Ideal

“Correspondencias”: a friendship encased in letters

On the 14th of March 2018, our language school in Lisbon went to watch an interesting movie at Cinema Ideal. “Correspondências” by Rita Azevedo Gomes, is a film-documentary about the lives of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena.

The film Correspondências shows us the work, ideas and strong opinions of two important personalities in Portuguese literature.

Old pictures, parts of old interviews, images and videos are interspaced by readings from their letters and poems. Different actors interpret the poems and letters, reading them in French, Spanish, Italian and Modern Greek.

The letters capture their state of minds, thoughts and routines from their daily lives. Sophia expressed her emotional state and would tell Jorge about the social and political aspects of the Portugal throughout the years. In the meantime Jorge, would express his anger of exile in his letters. They both knew that they could count on each other. The “Correspondências” were their way to keep each other close despite the distance.

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The historical period of Salazar’s dictatorship as witnessed by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena


WHAT? “Correspondências”, a film by Rita Azevedo Gomes
HOW? In European Portuguese
WHERE? At Cinema Ideal
WHEN? On the 14th of March 2018

MEETING POINT and RESERVATION: you can book your ticket by our Reception until 13th of March at 12am. We will meet at the entrance of Cinema Ideal at 6.30pm.


On the 21st of March the world celebrates the “Day of poetry”. Our language school in Lisbon is delighted to introduce you to the great film “Correspondências” by Rita Azevedo Gomes.

This genial director has created a multitude of feelings through the contents of letters exchanged between two brilliant Portuguese poets. We are talking about Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena. They both lived during Portuguese fascist period but, whereas Sophia remained in Lisbon, Sena escaped the regime’s censorship in exile in the Americas. They had a deep, long-lasting friendship, united in their refusal to accept the repressive restrictions on freedoms during Salazar’s dictatorship.

Their correspondence thus bears witness of that period from a point of view of two alike-minded people who chose to follow different paths. Sophia and Sena could describe their thoughts, feelings and opinions through the force of their poetic writing.


Rita Azevedo Gomes gives voice, music and form to these letters and poems through a film which will leave you mesmerised. You will have a glance on the intimate world of these two great poets, through the words they exchanged in a friendly but still poetic way.

Our Portuguese language schoolwill accompany you through this voyage back in time. On the 14th of March 2018, the film “Correspondências” by Rita Azevedo Gomes will be screened at the Cinema Ideal.

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend a nice evening with us. Get into the Portuguese world, sharing our passion for these two brilliant minds.