"Mar Diestro-Dópido: Could you talk about the character's need for stories in 'Tabu'? The second part is narrated by Ventura, and the images we see could be what he remembers, or what Aurora's African maid Santa or their neighbour Pilar imagines.
Miguel Gomes: I was really interested in working with that characters who appear quite normal but who have a huge desire for something, which is fiction. That's what we all share, isn't it? The characters share the same interest as the viewers in what Ventura - someone we hear might be a little bit crazy or senile - is going to tell us in the second part. And we are all listening, the viewers and the characters, and sharing at this moment a desire for fiction. So the second part is almost a gift to the characters and to the viewer; because it is not going to change either the characters'lives nor our lives as viewers, but it's literally a film that comes like a gift to fulfil this need we have for fiction, for cinema.
In this sense, Pilar is like a viewer and Aurora is already a film character. (...) But in the case of Pilar I told the actress [Teresa Madruga] to act like an astonished woman who looks at everything as if it was cinema".
Miguel Gomes, a propósito de Tabu (2012), em entrevista à Sight & Sound, September 2012, Vol. 22, Issue 9, p. 27.