Cíntia Gil, Director of Doclisboa
An open rose, by Ghassan Salhab
The Lebanese director constructed a poem and a trip through the universe of Rosa de Luxemburg through his written letters from prison. The history of the century. XX encapsulated in an echo between Germany and the Middle East, between the revolutionary imagination and the promise of beauty.
Joana Sousa, Programmer
Cinema is inherently an act of sharing. Barbara Hammer, who left us this year, has built her entire career on this view of cinema. As a child she believed that there must be some way to fully perceive the other. Something that made us feel what the other feels, what he thinks, what he knows … Later, he realized that there was no way to completely understand the "other" or to be understood. He then resorted to cinema, moving images and sound as the best way to open up, become vulnerable, giving and sharing. This session is comprised of several gestures of vulnerability, from Generations, where Barbara Hammer gives her camera to Gina Carducci, to three films – Vever (for Barbara), A Month of Single Frames and So Many Ideas Impossible to Do All – , which result from images made by Hammer but worked by fellow artists, including I Was / I Am and Multiple Orgasm: acts of revolutionary vulnerability.
Justin Jaeckle, Programmer
Family Romance, LLC, from Werner Herzog
Director Werner Herzog is a regular presence at Doclisboa: his personal, renegade, idiosyncratic exploration of "ecstatic truth" in films that look beyond the real to reveal the poetry, metaphor, and myths through which reality fades. weaves. In 2019, the director will be present in a double dose at the festival, with two new films in the Earth to Moon section: Family Romance, LLC and Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin. The first is a show of hybridization of fiction and documentary in varied and myriad forms – such as its subject and its form. A peculiar, narrative, fact-based melodrama of a Japanese business that rents actors to embody intimate roles for its clients – parents, friends, colleagues. The protagonist in this scripted movie, Yuichi Issi, is the CEO of this real-life business, representing himself in the movie (complicating the collision between authenticity and artifice). Herzog's typical voice-over may not be in this movie, but his voice is everywhere, as his characters search for a deeper meaning of the modern world and recruit actors to get closer to their truths. . A cos-play of the real.
Davide Oberto, Associate Programmer
Beyond the Beyrouth, history of a star…, by Jocelyne Saab
A mythical place, a mix of spies, petro-dollars, gambling and overwhelming love. A martyred and bombed city. Capital of the ephemeral and endless war. Jocelyne Saab's hometown and protagonist of many of his films. Two curious-eyed girls travel around the city with a roll of film in their hands and revitalize the city still destroyed by the civil war through the images of the movies that made it a movie star. A surrealistic act of love, full of joy for Beirut, that only a free filmmaker like Jocelyne could imagine.
Joana Gusmão – Production
Dreissig Executive, by Simona Kostova
"What though the radiance which was once so bright / Be now for ever taken from my sight, / Though nothing can bring back the hour / Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower …" *
For the opening of our Green Years session, we chose Dreissig, a film that Simona Kostova made during her student days in Berlin. It is a picture of the crisis of adulthood: a group of friends in their thirties wander day and night, with one foot in their passing youth, and the other in adulthood, who keeps on entering.
William Wordsworth – Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
Agnès Wildenstein, Associate Programmer
After Winter Comes Spring, by Helke Misselwitz
Helke Misselwitz crossed the country by train, even before the fall of the Berlin Wall, meeting all sorts of women of all ages and backgrounds. They talk freely about their life, love, work, problems and dreams. Filmed extremely beautifully, in extremely cinematic black and white. An absolute must-see.
Miguel Ribeiro, Programmer
Claudrena N. Harold and Kevin Jerome Everson, along with their students, have made several films that reflect on the history of black students at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In these films, they build a possible archive where they reenact both historical moments and everyday scenes. Between the political activism and the register of the musical universe of this community, are films that create today the images that the past did not keep.
Ana Pereira, Arché / Emergency Cinema
Odyssey, by Sabine Groenewegen
Two alien intelligences intercept images of planet Earth. They watch, talk, trying to understand human behavior from them. Between science fiction and archival materials, Sabine Groenewegen questions the history of Dutch colonization – her home country – and, in essence, the European colonial history. Odyssey was our choice to compete for this year's Doc Alliance Award, of which it was the big winner.
Laura Lomanto, Print Traffic
La Vida en Común, by Ezequiel Yanco
A film that takes us to northern Argentina, to meet an indigenous community but from a very special look: the daily life of the children of this village. A beautiful and natural portrayal of what it is like to grow up among legends, myths, and ancestral traditions, in a struggling territory and the ambiguities that supposed supposed modernization brings.
Teresa Vieira, Communication
Body and Mental Territory Policies – programmed by Mania Akbari
Multiple bodies, multiple forms, real spaces, imaginary realities, past futures, present future. The breaking of format, narrativity, expectation, normativity: all in search of something (still undefined) situated in a space beyond our geographical and conceptual base, beyond our comfort, beyond contemporary concrete. A program curated by Mania Akbari that has 11 cinematographic records that analyze the body politic in relation to geographical and gender limitations, considering the impacts of technology on the body itself.
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