Taprobana

A markedly racier take on Camões, Taprobana is Gabriel Abrantes’s comedic send-up of the Portuguese poet-turned-national hero’s tortured inspiration for The Lusiads. Banished from Lisbon and serving as an officer of the crown in Portuguese-governed Taprobana (modern-day Sri Lanka), Camões obsessively wrestles with his demons and muses, even into the afterlife. In characteristic Abrantes fashion, the film is sumptuous, terrifically imaginative, deviously clever, and not a little outré. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]