Isabel Meyrelles


Documentary by Ricardo Clara Couto, co-authored with Cristina Margato, about Isabel Meyrelles, one of the first surrealist women in Portugal.

O Dragão Que Fuma

Sculptor, poet and translator, Isabel Meyrelles arrived in Lisbon in 1949 to study sculpture. The young woman, who smoked a pipe and went to the barber to get her hair cut, began a tour of Lisbon’s cafés, where women only entered to pick up their husbands, attending, as she says, surrealist and neo-realist groups. Being different didn’t bother her, insofar as freedom was acquired at birth.

At the age of 93, she continues to work in her atelier in Paris. She enchants herself with words, clay, fairies, and elves.


RTP Archive
Maria de Fátima Ribeiro

RTP Delegate Producer
Rui Madruga

From a proposal by
Cristina Margato

Cristina Margato
Ricardo Clara Couto

Written and Directed by
Ricardo Clara Couto

Isabel Meyrelles
Artur Cruzeiro Seixas
Mário Cesariny
Sofia Pessoa Pádua
Mariana Bastos

Interpretation of Poems
Mónica Garcez

Corporal Interpretation of the Poems
Sofia Pessoa Pádua
Mariana Bastos

Production Direction
Luís Hipólito

Maria Valverde
Joana Barros

Direction of Contents
Luís Filipe Borges

Cristina Margato
Ricardo Clara Couto

Cristina Margato

Camera Operator
João Carneiro

Image Assistant
João Ramos

Art Director
Ana Bossa
Marta Viana

João Ricardo

Alberto Caeiro

Make Up and Characterization
Diana Pinto Correia

Motion Graphics
Ana Rita Romão
Maria Inês Carrola
Beatriz Lopes

Color Correction
José Rebelo

General Music
Ricardo Reis

Original Music
Ricardo Reis

Audio Post Production
Bernardo Soares

INIMPETUS – School for Actors

Stage Technique
Luís Coimbra


Archive Images
RTP Image Archive

Cupertino de Miranda Foundation Collection

Isabel Meyrelles
Emilienne Paoli
Cupertino de Miranda Foundation

INIMPETUS – School for Actors

The aerial girl with his silver moon – Ricardo Reis
Fairy dust tree – Ricardo Reis
Liberté – Ricardo Reis
Last crying page – Ricardo Reis
Out of reach – Ricardo Reis
The last page of the book – Ricardo Reis 

Literary references
Em voz baixa – Isabel Meyrelles
Le livre du tigre – Isabel Meirelles
O rosto do deserto – Isabel Meyrelles
Palavras noturnas – Isabel Meyrelles
A cidade queimada – Mário Cesariny
Credo – Natália Correia