Redemption

(Italy, France, Germay, Germany, Portugal, 2013, 27 mins, 35mm)
Director:
CAST Jaime Pereira, Donatello Brida, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Maren Ade
PRODS Sandro Aguilar, Luís Urbano
SCR Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
EDS Miguel Gomes, João Nicolau, Mariana Ricardo
PROD CO O som e a fúria
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Portuguese cinema may be in a state of crisis, but it’s definitely not due to a lack of visionary filmmakers. The three shorts in this program present filmmakers working at their creative heights, presenting works that address the state of Europe, past and present, with a glint of irony in their camera-eyes. Miguel Gomes’ brilliant Redemption takes the guise of an archival film, presenting four stories in four countries and time periods: the 1975 Portuguese countryside, 2011 Milan, 2012 Paris and 1977 Leipzig. The voiceover narration, written by Gomes and Mariana Ricardo, presents intimate expressions of partially fictional biographies of very well-known, fallible figures: to say more would be to spoil the fun.

Followed By: The King's Body

DIR João Pedro Rodrigues / Portugal, 2013, 30 min.

Made for the city of Guimarães’ European cultural celebrations, João Pedro Rodrigues’ film asks questions (off-screen) of 24 Galician men in various states of undress (and in front of a green-screen), testing their knowledge of Portuguese history—in particular, their thoughts on the first (self-proclaimed) king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. The answers might surprise you, but in this variation on a casting session for a superhero film, their bodies do much of the talking.

Followed By: Mahjong

DIR João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues / Portugal, 2013, 33 min.

Co-directed by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, this a mysterious addendum to The Last Time I Saw Macao. The Joãos again employ film-noir tropes in a story of a woman gone missing, but this time the Asian-tinged game is set in Portugal’s biggest Chinatown area of Varziela. Mahjong sees both directors making onscreen appearances, with Guerra da Mata, and his hat, assuming the lead role.

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David Baudin
The Match Factory GmbH
Balthasarstrasse 79-81
50670 Cologne
de
Phone 1: (49.221) 539-709-45
Fax: (49.221) 539-70910