Arrested History: New Portuguese Cinema

11/13/13 to 11/17/13

Recent Portuguese filmmakers, including Susana de Sousa Dias, Miguel Gomes, Salomé Lamas, and João Pedro Rodrigues, investigate Portugal's past and present with intelligence and imagination in films that often straddle fiction and documentary forms. De Sousa Dias and Rodrigues join us at screenings of their films, in conversation with curator and critic Nuno Lisboa. In conjunction with the UC Berkeley conference Cinematic Times.

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Past Films

  • Ruins

    • Sunday, November 17 3:30pm

    Manuel Mozos (Portugal, 2009). (Ruínas). U.S. Premiere! Mozos's fugue film captures the decaying beauty of the Portuguese landscape, as seen in contemplative long takes of ruined buildings and voiceover narration of documents from different eras. Awarded best Portuguese film at IndieLisboa, 2009. (60 mins)

  • Still Life

    • Sunday, November 17 5 pm

    Susana de Sousa Dias (Portugal, 2005). (Natureza morta). Susana de Sousa Dias, João Pedro Rodrigues, and Nuno Lisboa in conversation. In her poetic first film, de Sousa Dias delves into a fascinating array of archival images from the period of the Salazar dictatorship. With Rodrigues's new short The King's Body. (102 mins)

  • The Last Time I Saw Macao

    • Saturday, November 16 8:30 pm

    João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata (Portugal/France, 2012). (A última vez que vi Macau). João Pedro Rodrigues and Johnny Ray Huston in conversation. Guerra da Mata and Rodrigues refer to their genre-shifting tribute to both multicultural Macao and von Sternberg's Macao as “an investigation disguised as a film noir.” “The Last Time is a movie to both get lost and to delight in” (Slant). (85 mins)

  • Tabu

    • Saturday, November 16 6 pm

    Miguel Gomes (Portugal, 2012). Introduced by Natalia Brizuela. This mysterious work shifts from modern-day Lisbon to a Portuguese colony in Africa in the 1960s, from life lived to life remembered. “One of the most original and inventive-as well as trenchantly political and painfully romantic-movies of recent years” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). (118 mins)

  • No Man's Land

    • Thursday, November 14 7 pm

    Salomé Lamas (Portugal, 2012). (Terra de ninguém). Introduced by Nuno Lisboa. A former mercenary in Mozambique, Spain, and El Salvador sits in an abandoned building, and tells the story of his life. “That you don't need more than one riveting talking head and a little intelligence to make a terrific docu is amply demonstrated by No Man's Land” (Variety). With Andreia Sobreira's short 1971–74. (110 mins)

  • 48

    • Wednesday, November 13 7 pm

    Susana de Sousa Dias (Portugal, 2009). Susana de Sousa Dias and Nuno Lisboa in conversation. De Sousa Dias's remarkable, hypnotic film is composed of photographs taken upon the arrest of political prisoners during the forty-eight years of the Portuguese dictatorial regime. (93 mins)