|Doclisboa'12 award-winning films||Chantal Akerman Retrospective||Passages Exhibition|
In a time when both passage and contamination between contemporary artistic practices and documental films arise with great strength and certainty, Passages - this years' new section of Doclisboa - leads the festival to brand new venues, and to different questions and ways of thinking about films. In 2012 this section shall focus upon the work by Chantal Akerman and Pedro Costa.
We will find works based upon Akerman's films (as, for example Une Voix dans le Désert or La Chambre), in which its features are analyzed and presented in connection to the specific issues of the exhibition venue. But we will also find works created from scratch as installations (as Femmes d'Anvers en Novembre or Maniac Summer), in which both narrative and formal issues from the director's work are altered through the multiplication of art possibilities and the installation's own representation.
In this section we shall find two works by Pedro Costa: The End of a Love Affair and Alto Cutelo. This director has been consistently embarking in visual arts journeys (the long lasting dialogue with Rui Chafes must be pointed out). Likewise Pedro Costa also gives us the chance to enter his films through a focus experiment (of his very own images) and through a meeting with a sort of minimal circuit senses that come forward as potential subjects for dissemination and formation of other cinematic experiences.
From the specific questions concerning film features that we know have been there ever since the very beginning (let us not forget that in 1927 Abel Gance presented Napoleon on three screens), with this section we hope to be able to summon the audiences to once more meet the films own story. At the same time we would also like to assume the specific dimensions deriving from the artistic field that have given a major contribution to revitalizing current film practices, and to update the eminently documental issues that - independently from its specificity and pertinence nowadays - have been crossing the links between film and art for some decades now. Our goal is to create a place to think about contemporary. Not as some kind of closure however - but as a complex update of a story that is all but linear.
Courtesy of Chantal Akerman, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York