Carte blanche to
Kleber Mendonça Filho

October

10-14, 2018

Carte blanche to
Kleber Mendonça Filho

Kleber Mendonça Filho is the leading figure of the Recife cinema, the director of two big feature-length films (Les Bruits de Recife, Aquarius) and he does us the honor of planning four films. Four pieces of work which reflect him very well and which establish a thrilling discussion with his work. We know the acuity of Filho’s eye about the brazilian society, and more generally about a world made of tensions and divisions. Being a filmmaker and a film buff but also a movie critic and a festival planner, he is in the best position to talk about this carte blanche.

Nathan Reneaud

 

So, I have been given the opportunity to choose four films for my carte blanche in Bordeaux. Thank you. As I understand, it is a chance to share these choices both as films in public screenings and also as personal experiences of mine. I picked these four films which might result in some fine discovery in some rainy festival day. They are quite recent in terms of Cinema History, and I suspect they are interesting points of view on what we are all living today in the world. They all have their admirers, but I also believe they should be more widely seen and recognized. They are films that made me want to make films.

Kleber Mendonça Filho

Film programming
2018

Vinil Verde

Kleber Mendonça Filho

BRA / 2004 / 17 MIN

October 10, 2:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Kleber Mendonça Filho

Electrodomestica

Kleber Mendonça Filho

BRA / 2005 / 22 MIN

October 12, 11:00 AM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Kleber Mendonça Filho

Little Cotton Girl

Kleber Mendonça Filho, Daniel Bandeira

BRA / 2003 / 7 MIN

October 14, 2:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Kleber Mendonça Filho

Divine Intervention

Elia Suleiman

FRA-MAR-ALL-PAL / 2002 / 92 MIN

Elia Suleiman’s Divine Intervention is very much about tension, a beautiful observation on life in Nazareth, and I love the way scenes unfold before the camera. I am fully aware of the historical and social implications of life in Palestine in and under Israel, but I never forgot how Suleiman’s film talked to me as a Brazilian, as I come from a peaceful country where things are often on the brink of collapse, and even that is quite uncertain. Some people find this film rather funny, but I find it incredibly sad and disturbing.

October 12, 11:00 AM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Kleber Mendonça Filho

Lone Star

John Sayles

USA / 1996 / 135 MIN

Lone Star is a wonderful picture from John Sayles, in my mind one of the great American films from the last 30 years. It is very much about borders and boundaries and dividing lines. It is also about the past and personal pieces of archaeology, and how time impacts us, and how we are politics and living pieces of history. Lone Star did have a fair amount of recognition back in 1996, but I feel it needs to be reassessed by younger cinephiles who appreciate American Cinema.

October 14, 2:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Kleber Mendonça Filho

Twenty Years Later

Eduardo Coutinho

BRA / 1984 / 120 MIN

In some strange and fascinating way, Eduardo Coutinho’s Cabra Marcado Para Morrer, released ten years before Lone Star, has so much in common with Sayle’s film, while being a completely different film. A 20-30 year period separates past and present in both films. The implications of one single incident and how it affects lives into the future are mind boggling. The film was initially shot in 1964 as a narrative fiction film, the shoot interrupted by the military regime in Brazil. 20 years later, Coutinho, one of Brazil’s greatest filmmakers, went back to the northeastern region where he originally shot his film to show, now as a documentary, what happened to the one family he knew and how they were affected by politically motivated violence. The central character, a woman named Elizabeth Teixeira, towers head and shoulders above everyone else as the face of dignity under the weight of injustice.

October 12, 5:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Kleber Mendonça Filho

Made in Britain

Alan Clarke

GBR / 1982 / 116 MIN

Something amazing from Great Britain, by Alan Clarke, a filmmaker I admire. Made in Britain (1982), a fast paced portrait of Britain as shown to us through the eyes and voice of a young man named Trevor (Tim Roth on his first role). Trevor is a skinhead, a racist pig who expresses himself through brutality and prejudice, and his outlook on life, on Britain and himself is quite hard to watch, but also an amazing act of portraiture by Clarke, working on a script by David Leland.

October 10, 2:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Kleber Mendonça Filho

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