The Time is Now, which has a world premiere in this edition of the festival, is a film about music, architecture and landscape. More than telling the story of the anti-nuclear activism of the Japanese experimental duo IRO and its influences on free jazz, ethnic music, punk, shamanism and Shinto, the film evokes a holistic ecological feeling. The duo’s musical performance (Toshio and Shizuko Orimo) is framed by the magnificent building of the Tokyo Music Seminary, designed by Japanese master-architect Takamasa Yosizaka. The philosophical architecture of the building, located amid the mountains of the suburb of Hachioji, and the band’s dissonant music blend into the landscape to echo a pantheistic spirituality in the relationship of the human being with nature.

What is an open city? It is a type of city based on a holistic and poetic view of the world. It is a city free from modern urban principles of perenniality, purpose, productivity and ordering, a utopian city made by architects and artists, a procedural city, built by those who arrive, with impermanent houses that shelter the inclemencies of nature instead of blocking them, with inns for wanderers and spaces for artistic creation. Idea inspired by the Greek agora, with public cemetery and amphitheater that give back to the people the right to the urbis, a city where the design and gradual transformation of the place are based on traits provided by art, not on rationalist projects. This is the story of A Poetic to Inhabit about the current state of the Open City of Ritoque, near Valparaíso, Chile, an experiment begun in the 1970s, inspired by the poem Amereida, a text that evokes a desire to be South American and a new poetic origin for America.

 

The Time is Now

Heidrun Holzfeind
Austria, Japan, Sweden, 2019, 19’
Documentary Official Program
World Premiere

 

A Poetic to Inhabit

Caroline Alder e Damien Faure
Chile, 2018, 59’
Documentary Official Program
Portuguese Premiere