Godard, Greenaway and Pêra: three visions of the evolution of cinema, inspired by 3D technology, its effect on the audience and... the history of Guimarães, a historic and charming Portuguese city and the European Capital of Culture in 2012. In the novel Three Disasters, Godard mulls over issues related to memory and the nature of cinema with voiceover narration in three separate segments, combining various textures and tempos. Within the story entitled Just in Time, Greenaway explores the history of Guimarães, local heroes and monuments. With a characteristic curiosity, textures and spaces harness the capabilities of 3D for the most sophisticated fantasy, creating a multi-dimensional world, saturated in symbolism. Pêra in turn relies on wit and theatricality: with energy and something akin to Lynch in the spirit of Cinemasapiens, he attempts to trace the evolution of the cinema viewer.
Born in 1942, director and screenwriter, educated painter. Greenaway's most famous films are: The Falls, Drowning by Numbers, The Pillow Book, The Draughtsman's Contract, The Belly of an Architect and A Zed & Two Noughts. His works are very characteristic with their visual momentum, distance from reality and peculiarly theatrical style of imaging. With multiple cultural references and experimental combination of styles they are recognised as the crowning of postmodernist film. Lately, Greenaway has been fascinated with new media, creating video-installations, short experimental films, collaborating with theatres, operas and working as a VJ, too.
1985 Zet i dwa zera / Zed & Two Naughts
1987 Brzuch architekta / Belly of an Architect
1988 Wyliczanka / Drawning by Numbers
1993 Dzieciątko z Macon / The Macon Baby
1999 8 i pół kobiety / 8 ½ Women
2008 Rembrandt: oskarżam!… / Rembrandt’s J’Accuse!…
2012 Goltzius and the Pelican Company
2013 Just in Time (segment in 3x3D)
Jean Luc-Godard is the father of film postmodernism as well as a radical, uncompromising avant-garde director. His feature debut, Breathless (1959), is believed to be the best New Wave film. Godard deconstructs old forms: demolishing grammar, style and existing conventions of film language, rejecting traditional rules for narration, filming with a hand-held, moving camera against the scenery of natural interiors and spaces. Over the years, cinema has become for Godard an instrument serving not only to examine and present the world, but also to impact human consciousness. Politically radical, he has twisted film posters, limited his activity to TV movies, started up his own studio and explored the possibilities inherent in video technology. In the early 1980s he returned to cinema, only to abandon stories in favour of the essay film. Godard was the subject of a retrospective at 2010 New Horizons.
1960 Do utraty tchu / À bout de souffle / Breathless
1961 Kobieta jest kobietą / Une femme est une femme / A Woman Is a Woman
1962 Żyć własnym życiem / Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux / My Life to Live
1966 Męski-żeński: 15 scen z życia / Masculin, féminin: 15 faits précis / Masculine, Feminine: In 15 Acts
1990 Nouvelle Vague / New Wave
1998 Histoire(s) du cinema: La monnaie l’absolu (z cyklu: Historia francuskiego kina)
2001 Pochwała miłości / Eloge de l’amour / In Praise of Love
2004 Nasza muzyka / Notre musique / Our Music
2010 Film Socialisme / Socialism
2013 The Three Disasters (segment in 3x3D)
Edgar Pêra was born in 1960 in Lisbon, where he originally studied psychology and later switched focus to cinematography and editing at the Film Academy. His works include close to 100 short and experimental films. He is also involved in internet projects, live shows, comics and exhibitions. Pêra’s projects have both a political and philosophical dimension; they allude to the recent history of Portugal and, in terms of style – to Soviet and German interwar cinematography. Some say that he sows neuropunk and wants to archive his own life through film, but opinions are divided.
1990 Reproduta Interdita (short)
1993 SWK4 (short)
1994 Manual de Evasão LX94 / Manual of Evasion LX94
2001 A Janela (Maryalva Mix)
2006 Movimentos Perpétuos: Cine-Tributo a Carlos Paredes (doc.)
2008 Rio Turvo
2010 Baron / O Barão / The Baron
2013 Cinesapiens (segment in 3x3D)