Connection and isolation. These two opposites inhabit the landscape of the Portuguese and Brazilian films we’ve curated for you in the Lusophone Eye programme this year.
A connection such as the one you are expected to feel towards your father, even if you haven’t seen him in 20 years, as explored by Brazilian director Sergio Oksman in his feature ‘O Futebol’. Or the sense of isolation created by an existence in a remote village in the North of Portugal, as portrayed by Portuguese director João Pedro Plácido in ‘(Be)Longing’.
The same thread continues with the DocLisboa-awarded and Berlinale-screened ‘Rio Corgo’, where double act Maya Kosa and Sergio da Costa introduce us to Silva, an old mysterious man living in a unnamed land in Northern Portugal. Weaving through the miraculous filter of fantasy, the film not only deals with solitude and isolation, but also solidarity and escape.
And finally, Otavio Cury’s short ‘História de Abraim’ on an indigenous Brazilian man’s tale, merges the two concepts. In one masterful single shot Cury introduces us to a character very much connected to his community, but at the same time isolated from Brazilian society. And he leaves the moral judgement of this man, who was once traded for a cow, to the spectator.
As you can tell, there is quite a bit in the way of creative, inventive and powerful documentary filmmaking packed into our 4-film strand at Iberodocs 2016. So, with a smaller selection of films dotting around the wonderful gems the main programme is featuring this year – it would be easy to blink & miss the Lusophone Eye offering.
Our advice? Whatever you do – don’t blink!
Isabel & Alice
Portuguese & Brazilian Programme