Cinema as a political tool

May 5th, Friday, 18h30, Cinema São Jorge – Sala 2, 90’
Moderator – Tiago Dias (Lusa)
Guests – Susana de Sousa Dias (film director), José Filipe Costa (film director), Ricardo Alexandre (RTP), Sofia Branco (Lusa)

In the face of Trump’s populism, Le Pen’s and Temer’s far-right, and Theresa May’s conservatism conquering ground, politics, the press, and democracy now face a historic moment of crisis. The question whether democratic institutions will be strong enough to resist and report abuse arises. If democracy depends on an informed, engaged and intervening citizenship, what is the role of journalism and cinema in this process? Are they aware of their role as active agents? And if not, how can they achieve it?

Masterclass: Film Grading and Sound Mixing

May 8th, Monday, 18h30, Cinema São Jorge – Sala 2, 90’
Guests – Marco Amaral (Walla Collective), Tiago Matos (Walla Collective), Miguel Martins (Walla Collective)

The post-production of a film refers to the treatment of the sounds and the images collected during the shooting in order to find an aesthetic consistency between all the selected material. In this masterclass, Marco Amaral, a colorist who has worked with filmmakers such as João Pedro Rodrigues and Carlos Conceição, among many others, will focus on the process of creating uniformity and color balance between all the shots of a film. Tiago Matos, sound editor and mixer of films such as Letters from War, Swan and 48, will talk about the process of creating sounds which, when mixed organically, are able to serve the goals of the narrative or of the images. And they bring along Miguel Martins (sound) because, together, they created the Walla Collective.

An Encounter with Jem Cohen

May 9th, Tuesday, 18h00, Cinema São Jorge – Sala 2, 90’
Guests – Jem Cohen (film director), Luís Mendonça (FCSH – UNL)

With strong links to New York City, photography, punk rock, and political activism, Jem Cohen’s work reveals an artist deeply interested in the observational capture of urban landscapes and sounds. His work, consisting of over 70 films, flows freely between documentary, narrative and experimental cinema.

The future of Short Films

May 10th, Wednesday, 17h00, Cinema São Jorge – Sala 2, (120′)
Moderator –  Miguel Valverde (IndieLisboa)
Guests – Lydia Beilby (Edinburgh International Film Festival), Maike Mia Höhne (Berlinale), Wouter Jansen (Some Shorts), Nuno Rodrigues (Curtas Vila do Conde, Galeria Solar)

Short film is commonly seen as only a stepping stone for young filmmakers moving towards feature filmmaking but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The short film format is a solid format, with different durations and rhythms, capable of focusing on a narrative, an abstract element or just an idea or concept. The absence of the format in cinemas (with rare exceptions) allows this absolute freedom of the author, who has the ability to manage in a more controlled way what he means. Taking advantage of the presence of the many international programmers, distributors, filmmakers, essayists and critics at IndieLisboa, we will propose a broad discussion about the short film format and how we can expect it to evolve in the future.

An encounter with Paul Vecchiali

May 11th, Thursday, 18h30, Cinemateca-Portuguesa, Sala Luís de Pina , 90’
Moderator – Maria João Madeira (Cinemateca Portuguesa)
Guests– Paul Vecchiali (film dirtector), Matthieu Orléan (Cinémathèque Française)

At the age of 86, Paul Vecchiali has created a body of work that consists of more than 50 films spanning over five decades. Other career highlights include his collaboration with the seminal magazine Cahiers du Cinéma and his role as the producer of Jean Eustache’s early films. Vecchiali has always seen himself as a provocateur, using his experimental and autobiographical filmic language to shed an unflinching and refreshing light over sensitive topics such as sexuality, AIDS, the death penalty and religion.

Photofilm – The relationship between Film and Photography

May 12th, Friday, 18h00, Cinema São Jorge – Sala 2, 90’
Moderator – Margarida Medeiros (FCSH – UNL)
Guests – Gusztáv Hámos (film director), Katja Pratschke (film director)

Photofilm as a filmic object consists essentially of the creative use of frames / photographs. This talk takes the work of the creative duo Gusztáv Hámos and Katja Pratschke (Silvestre Focus) as a starting point to think about the relationship between the photographic image and the moving image, and about photofilm as a singular genre in the deconstruction of the relations between language, sound, music, and image.