Ute Aurand: cinema of affection in focus at Porto/Post/Doc

by Porto/Post/Doc / 15 10 2019

Ute Aurand, one of the references of German experimental cinematography, will be in Porto in November. The director will present Porto/Post/ Doc's focus on her work, a selection inhabited by family, friends and daily experiences that emphasizes the poetic and intimate character of a cinema that focuses on affection and human relations. Between November 23rd and December 1st, eleven Ute Aurand's short films will be screened during two sessions that will feature the director's presence in the room. The program will also feature a conversation between Ute Aurand and Garbiñe Ortega Postigo, artistic director of the Punto de Vista festival.

Since the 1980s, director Ute Aurand has become one of the central figures in German experimental cinema. Aurand's work is part of the cinematic tradition that uses the specifics of this medium to build diaries with images, recording brief moments of daily life both individual and universal: a smile, a jump, a dance. In this sense, Aurand emerges on the fringe of filmmakers such as Jonas Mekas, Margaret Tait and Marie Menken. Filmed in 16mm film and camera in hand, the works of the German director are the result of a markedly handmade and autonomous production model. Internationally recognized, Ute Aurand's cinema has been screened at various international festivals – notably Berlinale –  Berlin International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/ Fest, Courtisane (Ghent, Belgium), Punto de Vista (Pamplona, ​​Spain), among others – and also in museum institutions such as Tate Modern in London or the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

The festival takes place between November 23rd and December 1st, in several venues of the city (Porto Municipal Theater - Rivoli, Passos Manuel Cinema, Porto Planetarium).

The 2019 edition of Porto/Post/Doc has the support of Câmara Municipal do Porto, Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual (ICA) - Ministério da Cultura, CVRVV - Vinho Verde and several other partners.

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