Cunning and slender, harassed and on the run, Reynard is a metaphor of a never ending obsession with each breath, each gesture, each thought. Marta seeks in the emptiness of her body a way to arrive to her inner essence, in an abstract search of a free spirit that might end in her own enclosure. —Leonor Noivo

Reynard is an act of collusion between a director and an actress. Together they make a film about a shared secret, a feeling and a “disturbance” that is the basis of their friendship. The film’s title in Portuguese, Raposa (or Fox in English), is a metaphor for something fugitive— like the film’s elusive protagonist, plagued by an obsession to control what circulates between her interior and exterior: food, thoughts, emotions. Played with charged quietude by the actress Patrícia Guerreiro, Marta spends her days counting time passed, calories ingested and steps taken. She narrates the workings of her mind as Noivo’s camera records her routines with the density characteristic of 16mm—endowing each mundane action with the weight and sensuality of a ritual. In their calibration of intimacy without intrusion, Noivo and Guerreiro create a meditation on fiction and bodies—and the fictions we tell of our bodies. — Tendai John Mutambu

Leonor Noivo

Leonor Noivo studied at Lisbon Theatre and Film School (ESTC), where she specialised in Editing and Directing. She attended the Ateliers Varan documentary filmmaking course in 2006. Since 1999, she has worked as script-supervisor and assistant director of fiction films and documentaries with directors such as João Pedro Rodrigues, João Botelho, Pedro Pinho, João Nicolau, Marília Rocha, Carlos Conceição, Tiago Hespanha, Inês Oliveira and many others. She is co-founder of the production company Terratreme Films, a filmmakers platform created in 2008, where she currently develops her own films and collaborates with several directors in different stages of project production.

Filmography

Reynard (2019), All I Imagine (2017), September (2016), The City and the Sun (2012), Other Letters or the Invented Love (2012), Latter-Day Saints (2009), Excursion (2007), Assembly (2006), Mould (2005), Aside Macao (2001)