The Moving Creatures (O Que se Move), by Caetano Gotardo (Brazil, 2012)

The presence in tragedy by Filipe Furtado Tragedy: feminine noun. 1. In ancient Greece, play in verse, formally at same time dramatic and lyrical, which included distinguished or heroic characters and the action, high-pitched, noble and proper to raise the terror and pity, usually ends after a terrible event; 2. Play, usually in verse, whose action ends after a fatal event; 3. The tragic genre 4. The art of acting or doing tragedies; 5. Occurrence or disastrous event that arouses pity or horror; catastrophe, disaster, … Read more The Moving Creatures (O Que se Move), by Caetano Gotardo (Brazil, 2012)

An interview with Lav Diaz

Time is the greatest struggle – a conversation with Lav Diaz by Filipe Furtado One of the highlights of last year’s Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo was the retrospective of filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz, the most complete retrospective of his cinema made so far and a great opportunity to see how Diaz films are much more than the long length fait divers the flm press often turn them into. We wrote at the time about his last feature Norte, the End of History … Read more An interview with Lav Diaz

Blue Jasmine, by Woody Allen (USA, 2013)

Park Avenue Blues by Filipe Furtado Blue Jasmine is a film with many flaws, but it’s hard to deny how it clearly it goes straight to the point. Class is a frequent subject hanging in the background of Woody Allen movies. In a certain way, one might say his films after Interiors (1978) could be described as a nouveau riche cinema, focused on a certain phobia about the idea of returning to more humble beginnings – a horrifying threat hanging over all of them (it … Read more Blue Jasmine, by Woody Allen (USA, 2013)

Manakamana, by Stephanie Spray e Pacho Velez (Nepal/USA)

Revelation by Filipe Furtado “We chose to shoot on film not only for aesthetic reasons, but because it lends structural integrity to our commitment to filming the full duration of rides on the cable car. The time that elapses over a 400’ magazine of 16 mm film is roughly how long it takes for a ride up or down the mountain. The cable of the Manakamana cable car also runs parallel to the spool of film as it is exposed to light”. Stephanie Spray A … Read more Manakamana, by Stephanie Spray e Pacho Velez (Nepal/USA)

People’s Park, by Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki (USA/China, 2012)

The politics of permanence by Filipe Furtado What value does the camera lend to what it registers? Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki’s People’s Park is haunted by this question. Such doubt animates much of the work by the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, a group organized by the filmmaker and professor Lucien Castaing-Taylor, responsible for some of the most exciting documentaries in recent years. As the first gesture in any of the group’s films is always the search for an image that has been little … Read more People’s Park, by Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki (USA/China, 2012)

Cinemas and national cinemas

Abrir Puertas y Ventanas, by Milagros Mumenthaler (Argentina, 2011);  Viola, by Matias Piñeiro (Argentina, 2012) by Filipe Furtado There’s no worse scenario for a national cinema than becoming a genre. The apparent gains with international financing and selection to the world’s main film festivals are followed by an asphyxia that dominates every film, with the exception of those few gifted with enough personality to resist the pre-approved shortcuts (one can think about the calcification of Romenian cinema these past few years). This is a very … Read more Cinemas and national cinemas

Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor), de Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil, 2012)

A boy over the wall by Filipe Furtado There is a mysterious character in Neighbouring Sounds, always at the plots sidelines, a black boy ready to trespass someone else’s private property, until the security crew finally catches him. Like many other elements of the film, this kid comes straight from local history, a teenager named Tiago João da Silva, who became notable in the early 2000’s for robbing apartments in Recife who got nicknamed Spider Boy. A lot of what Neighbouring Sounds does can be … Read more Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor), de Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil, 2012)

Django Unchained, by Quentin Tarantino (USA, 2012)

History of violence by Filipe Furtado Among the many things that Quentin Tarantino and Brian De Palma have in common, there’s one that helps explain why both filmmakers are frequently misunderstood: in their films, there is the same taste for mixing the drama and the satire with similar effortlessness – sometimes in the same scenes – for caricaturing the seemingly serious and, at same time, feeling in its own flesh the same crass violence that they had inflicted over their characters. This continuous bet in … Read more Django Unchained, by Quentin Tarantino (USA, 2012)