OCT 1&2 // 7.30pm // Fórum Lisboa
A two-session seminar dedicated to the cinematic fictions that have imagined futures in Portugal.
Visions of the future and past cinema in Portugal.
In each session and after the screening of a brief audio-visual essay (consisting of selected and relevant film clips), guests will chat with the “audience” about the displayed images and the space they fictionalise inventing places to come. Supported (or maybe not!) by canonical and marginal films, these sessions will discuss and analyse both vigorous and fragile sets. The surface of science fiction and fantasy genres held in Portugal will be under discussion (and construction!). From the obsolescent environments of Der Stand der Dinge (Wim Wenders, 1982), A Força do Atrito (Pedro M. Ruivo, 1992) or Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude (Solveig Nordlund, 2002) to the territories in dominance of Os Emissários de Khalôm (António de Macedo, 1988), A Confederação (Luis Galvão Teles, 1977) or Um S. Marginal (José de Sá Caetano, 1981), everything will be an excuse to approach cinematic speculations about other time visions.
In the end, even if it is not new that cinema has always provided unique spaces and innovative methods to represent the future or the past; it seems relevant that the largest share of this creativity continues anchored to the present.
Referee: João Rosmaninho
João (Lisbon, 1979) is BA in architecture from the University of Minho (2002), MA in Communication Sciences from the University Nova of Lisbon – FCSH (2009) and PHD candidate in Architectural Culture in the School of Architecture – University of Minho (UM), focusing his research on Lisbon located Cinema (ending in 2016). João is teaching staff at the School of Architecture – UM (since 2002) where he has also worked at the Centre of Studies (2009-2010). Most recently João was visiting researcher at Harvard University – GSAS (2013) and at University College London – the Bartlett (2014). He has published articles and presented communications in national and international conferences, always on the relationship between fiction and architecture
SESSION#1 — Obsolescence
1st October// Fórum Lisboa Bar // 19h30
Guest: Pedro M. Ruivo
Retired filmmaker, Pedro is dedicated to environmental sustainability and energy. His interests are in art, science, politics and economics. Pedro is swimming practitioner, music lover, and senior in the MA in Environmental Engineering.
Clips: The Territory (Raoul Ruiz, 1981); Der Stand der Dinge (Wim Wenders, 1982); Recordações da Casa Amarela (João César Monteiro, 1989); A Força do Atrito (Pedro M. Ruivo, 1992); ou Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude (Solveig Nordlund, 2002).
SESSÃO#2 — Powers
2nd October// Fórum Lisboa Bar // 19h30
Guest: António de Macedo
António de Macedo was born in Lisbon in 1931. Filmmaker, writer and university professor, António attended University of Lisbon’s School of Languages and School of the Arts, where he graduated in Architecture in 1958. Later he attended the University Nova of Lisbon – FCSH, where he received his PHD in Sociology of Culture in 2010 with honours and praise.
Earlier in his career, until 1964, António practiced architecture prior to devote himself to a filmmaking career, to the writing activity with several published novels, and to an academic career. In his wide filmography, which includes dozens of documentaries, television programs and fiction short and feature films, António obtained several national and international awards. In addition to have being one of the founders of the so-called “Novo Cinema Português” with his first feature film Domingo à Tarde (1965), António was also co-founder of the historic “Centro Português de Cinema” (supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), and the cooperative film production company “Cinequanon” for 26 years (1974-2000) where he played a leading role in the Portuguese film and television landscape.
Clips: A Confederação (Luis Galvão Teles, 1977); Um S Marginal (José de Sá Caetano, 1981); O Rei das Berlengas (Artur Semedo, 1978), Os Abismos da Meia-Noite e Os Emissários de Khalôm (António de Macedo, 1983 e 1988); Bis ans Ende der Welt (Wim Wenders, 1991); Manual de Evasão – LX 94 (Edgar Pêra, 1994); Animal (Roselyne Bosch, 2005); ou Kinotel (Christine Reeh, 2009).