Three different films about the aftermath of natural disasters: three places (Sicily, New York City, the Chilean town of Talca), two kinds of disasters (earthquakes and hurricanes) in two different periods (the 1960s and the 2010s), two film genres (experimental and documentary) and three individual cinematographic languages to represent and tell about these confronting occurences. A multifaceted session around common themes of ephemerality and durability, destruction, reconstruction and regeneration, the fragile balance between human civilization and the forces of nature, and simply: the meaning of home. We tend to perceive our home as a strong shelter but this alleged security can all of a sudden be undermined. In New York City we watch the hypnotizing images of a mechanical shovel demolishing temporary houses once they have accomplished their mission, and we experience the paper-thin transitory shell they offered the residents awaiting a new permanent home. What a contrast with the opaque forms covering the ruins of the old village of Gibellina. From a much more concrete perspective than these two shorts focusing mainly on the material environment, in Talca we follow residents in their efforts to cope with the irreversibility of the situation, asking themselves very concretely whether they should build a new house where it was always standing, or abandon it and build another one elsewhere.



Il Cretto

Aglaia Konrad

Belgium, 2018, 11’

Experimental Competition

Portuguese Premiere

 

Managed Retreat

Nathan Kensinger

USA 2018, 18’

Documentary Competition

Portuguese Premiere

 

Casa Antúnez

Nora Niasari

Chile, 2017, 52’

Documentary Competition

Portuguese Premiere