A conversation with Nicole Brenez

“Each film is a laboratory” by Raul Arthuso and Victor Guimarães At least since 1997, when the letters which later would make the first chapter of Movie Mutations (a book organized by Jonathan Rosembaum and Adrian Martin and published by the BFI in 2003) first appeared in the important french magazine Trafic, Nicole Brenez has been recognized as one of the most influential voices in contemporary cinephilia. In Brenez’s letter (part of a group of cinephiles who were “the children of the 1960s”, which also … Read more A conversation with Nicole Brenez

Gebo and the Shadow (O Gebo e a Sombra), by Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal/France, 2012)

Navigating around the room by Raul Arthuso After two wild feature films – Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009) and The Strange Case of Angelica (2010) – Manoel de Oliveira’s new movie, Gebo and the Shadow, could be regarded as a return of the Portuguese master to a more serene pacing. However, his serenity is never more than a glance, because Oliveira’s art is the most mysteriously restlessness of cinema over the past thirty years. In Gebo and the Shadow, the characters are taken by … Read more Gebo and the Shadow (O Gebo e a Sombra), by Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal/France, 2012)

Hard Labor (Trabalhar Cansa), by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas (Brazil, 2011)

The power of malaise by Raul Arthuso Brazilian duo Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas’ feature film debut has something different from the current Brazilian panorama. While the general tendency to place affection as the center of interest – usually with innocent tenderness or a positive affirmation of relationships – as if affection could save people from the tragedy of the world, Hard Labor is a political film, in as pure a sense as the word can have (the term “political cinema” has been eroded to … Read more Hard Labor (Trabalhar Cansa), by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas (Brazil, 2011)