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Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, Edgar Pêra
Portugal 2013 / 70’

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.

Peter Greenaway

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.

Selected filmography

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

2007 Nightwatching

2008 Rembrandt: oskarżam!… / Rembrandt’s J’Accuse!…

2012 Goltzius and the Pelican Company

2013 Just in Time (segment in 3x3D)

Jean-Luc Godard

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.

Selected filmography

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

1965 Alphaville

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

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.

Selected filmography

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)

Cast & Crew

director Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, Edgar Pêra
screenplay Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, Edgar Pêra
cinematography Luís Branquinho, Reinier van Brummelen
editing Raphaël Lefèvre
sound Pedro Adamastor, Pedro Marinho
cast Nuno Melo, Jorge Prendas, Miguel Monteiro
producer Rodrigo Areias
production Fundação Cidade de Guimarães
sales Urban Distribution
language French, English, Portuguese
colouration colour