Fourteen films to get to know new realities of spoken cinema in Portuguese.
A total of 14 films are part of the official selection of Cinema Falado, dedicated exclusively to promote and broadcast the Portuguese language in all its diversity, as well as the cinematographies of several Portuguese speaking countries. A highlight for the comebacks of Lois Patiño, Matías Piñeiro and Eryk Rocha, the new proposals of Salomé Lamas, Susana Nobre and Welket Bungué, and the discoveries of the new Brazilian, such as Madiano Marcheti and Luiz Bolognesi.
Matías Piñeiro and Lois Patiño, an unprobable combination. From the Argentinian, we know the feminist Shakespearian comedies, from the Galician the phantasmagoric wanders through the landscape. For this project, they chose to meet halfway, in the Azores and they shot a film there, Sycorax, a movie that comes from The Tempest by William Shakespeare. It will premiere in Portugal at Porto/Post/Doc and it marks the return of two names that have been dear to the festival’s selection. It is also the return of Eryk Rocha to whom was dedicated a focus in the 2016 edition. In Edna, a film woven from her own reports in the notebook she entitled The Story of My Life, the Brazilian filmmaker develops a hybrid narrative inspired by Edna’s notebook and reenacts the phantoms of colonialism (past and present). If we’re talking about Brazil, we have to highlight one of its new voices, Madiano Marcheti, who in his Madalena gives us a film that impresses by its absence narrative, touching the wound of transsexuality and gender violence. A speech that also marks the debut in national festivals of Maíra Tristão, director, artist and feminist and gender researchers, with Transviar, a film about breaking the rules. An immense territory, physical, historical, and social, indigenous Brazil is the made character of the A Última Floresta, a film by Luiz Bolognesi. Also part of the thematic programme Ideias para Adiar o Fim do Mundo, the film follows the indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa, one of Yanomami, drawing a portrait about these people’s culture and language, at a time when Amazon is looting from the miners.
Cinema of sensibilities and the real is also what we find in the new work of Susana Nobre, No Táxi do Jack, a road movie and the work condition in Portugal, driven by the sixty-year-old Joaquim Calçada, an ex-emigrant close to retirement that finds himself forced to follow the rules and bureaucracies demanded by the employment cent, to enjoy the subsidy. Another unquestioning name in the new Portuguese cinematography is Salomé Lamas, who returns, in Hotel Royal, to guide us through the idiosyncratic way she analyses the world, in a film in which she explores the human contact and our need of living together again. Also a regular presence in festivals across the country is Welket Bungué. He meets, in Upheaval, with the politician Joacine Katar Moreira, in a conversation-analysis around the essence of her works that echoes signals of an imminent revolution. One that urges to make in Porto filmed by Tiago Afonso in Dispotia. Throughout 13 years, from 2007 to 2020, the film follows the change in the city’s social tissue, between demolitions, evictions and resettlements that affected the gipsy community of Bacelo, the population of Bairro do Aleixo and the sellers of Feira da Vandoma. Concluding with a special word for Sortes, by Mónica Martins Nunes, a film shot in Alentejo, that takes a look over the filmmaker’s family, in a way? that is based on two of the most important premises of cinema of the real: people and landscape.
The competition also includes films by Ana Vaz, Silas Tiny, Emily Wardill and Daniel Soares.
CINEMA FALADO COMPETITION 2021, OFICCIAL SELECTION
· 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Ana Vaz, Portugal, 2020, EXP, 31'
· A Última Floresta, Luiz Bolognesi, Brasil, 2021, DOC, 74'
· Constelações Do Equador, Silas Tiny, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, 2021, DOC, 106'
· Distopia, Tiago Afonso, Portugal, 2021, DOC, 61'
· Edna, Eryk Rocha, Brasil, 2021, DOC, 64'
· Hotel Royal, Salomé Lamas, Portugal, 2021 , FIC, 29'
· Madalena, Madiano Marcheti, Brasil, 2021, FIC, 85'
· Mudança, Welket Bungué, Portugal, 2020, DOC, 27'
· Night for Day, Emily Wardill, Portugal, Áustria, 2020, DOC, FIC, 47'
· No Táxi Do Jack, Susana Nobre, Portugal, 2021, FIC, 70'
· O Que Resta, Daniel Soares, Portugal, 20'
· Sortes, Mónica Martins Nunes, Portugal, 2021, DOC, 39'
· Sycorax, Lois Patiño, Matías Piñeiro, Espanha, Portugal, 2021, FIC, 21'
· Transviar, Maíra Tristão, Brasil, 2021, 13'