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PASSAGES: New section of Doclisboa'12 combines cinema and contemporary art with installations by Chantal Akerman and Pedro Costa, and international conference

On its 10th edition, Doclisboa opens a new section - PASSAGES - deriving from the convergence of two recent movements: the film passage to museums and the inclusion of documentary in contemporary art. «Documentary turn», «expanded documentary» are some expressions that have been used over the last ten years to characterise this scenery whose diversity and complexity have been redesigning its practice and giving way to brand new perspectives to address documentary cinema.

On the one hand Doclisboa'12 organises an exhibition - October 20th - November 30th - featuring major works, with several installations by Chantal Akerman, linked with the integral film retrospective this festival dedicates to this Belgium filmmaker, in a dialogue with installations by Pedro Costa. On the other hand, an international conference organised by Doclisboa, Universidade de Lisboa and Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne to promote the debate between critics and artists will be held in Lisbon on October 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Jacinto Lageira, Aesthetics professor, Françoise Parfait, Arts and New Media professor, both in Paris 1, or Nicole Brenez, Film Studies professor in Paris 3, among many more theorists and critics, will be some of the professors from these renowned universities attending this meeting in Lisbon. It will be a time to think and to debate the intertwining between documentary and contemporary art, how some artists took the documental practice, and how some directors created their own films embodying a concept of installation.

This exhibition by Chantal Akerman and Pedro Costa shall be presented at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Galeria Palácio Galveias and Cinemateca Portuguesa, and the international conference shall take place at Culturgest.

This section derives from last year's experience with Harun Farocki's retrospective combined with the exhibition "Three double projections".

"Three Sisters" ("San zi mei") by Wang Bing at Doclisboa'12

"Three Sisters" ("San zi mei") by Wang Bing, winner of the award for best film of the Horizons section at the Venice Film Festival, will be presented, in Portugal, at doclisboa'12.

Doclisboa'12 promotes "Teaching (through) documentary", on the September 15th and 22nd

The potential of documentary as educational tool is neither bounded by its content nor by the subjects it approaches. Knowing how to watch, how to interpret, and how to enjoy a documentary does not imply knowing how to direct a film.

Therefore how can a documentary be used in a classroom without diminishing its artistic content and - at the same time - without dedicating the theme of that class to the subject of such documentary?

The conception and production team of doclisboa'12 shall feature two major documentaries that will enable a reflection debate on the fragile and real balance between teaching "what a documentary is" and teaching "through documentary itself" with teachers and educators.

These meetings shall encompass a film projection, a debate, and several practical workshops on Philosophy and Sociology, Languages, Visual Arts, and History and Geography.

Workshop Saturday, September 15th and 22nd - 2:30pm-6:30pm
Total length: 8hr . Pre-booking. €2 per session
Attendance certificate available. Limited seating capacity

Application and information:
Serviço Educativo - Culturgest
21 761 90 78
(10:30am-12:30pm / 2:30pm-5pm)
Fax: 21 848 39 03

In co-operation with Culturgest and Programa de Educação Estética e Artística do Ministério da Educação.

Doclisboa'12 fights for independent film laboratories alongside with Portuguese directors

In a time when some Portuguese directors gather in a group - Laboratório de Cinema Independente - to fight for the existence of an independent film laboratory in Portugal, doclisboa'12 shall promote a round table on this matter during the festival.

Its goal is to debate the pertinence on such laboratories within the current context, and to trigger a public discussion on what to do with the lab equipment from the former Tobis laboratories.

In order to do so, Doclisboa has invited the Laboratório de Cinema Independente collective, and many more Portuguese and international guests to join this round table. Nicolas Rey will also be attending this meeting.

Nicolas Rey is one of the founders of the French film creation collective workshop, L'Abominable, where he has been developing his work as director for the last 15 years. He was Director Of Photography for Ami entends-tu by Nathalie Nambot, who received the doclisboa'11 Revelation Award. Recently he directed Anders, Molussien, and was awarded the Grand Prix Cinéma du Réel 2012 and the 3rd Media City Award.

André Gil Mata, director and spokesperson for Laboratório de Cinema Independente, confirms there is one municipality interested in hosting this laboratory. In order to ensure the project's feasibility, a Cultural Association is currently being established. Let us hope the equipment from Tóbis can be used once and again within this new context. And he states that:

"(...) A less technological cinema - in which directors, photographers, or other artists touch and manipulate the film from the shooting itself thru its projection - has always been common practice, alongside with the existence of professional laboratories with commercial activity. The laboratories' profitability supported by the "industrial cinema" allowed implementing better prices for the independent cinema for a few years. However it also created a distance between those artists and their tactile and fundamental relationship with the film media - the basis for experimentation and consequent evolution of cinematographic language.

That is why the need to creating an independent film laboratory in Portugal is not new. Portugal is currently going through an extreme situation: there is no public or private laboratory whatsoever operating nowadays. This has two major consequences: on the one hand it makes it impossible for independent production systems to exist with smaller financial structures for film motion picture. On the other, it also prevents directors from technically manipulating their own films. And now that this urgency has been dully identified, the Cultural Association currently being implemented proposed a whole range of concrete solutions for this problem: a group of citizens, directors, producers shall create an independent film laboratory in Portugal."

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