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Essay Film Festival Prelude: Gestures & Fragments

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Gestures & Fragments (Gestos & Fragmentos) 1982 • 87 min. • Alberto Seixas Santos

Screening as a prelude to the 2020 Essay Film Festival.

In 1982, late Portuguese filmmaker Alberto Seixas Santos created Gestures & Fragments, which revisits the revolution when it was already part of history. Subtitled “an essay on the Military and the Power”, it builds upon a conception of cinema as a system of mediations, bringing together three key participants in the revolution: filmmaker Robert Kramer, military officer Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, professor and theorist Eduardo Lourenço. By weaving three different voices, the film addresses the power struggles at stake, the connection between past and present, the relationship between history and collective memory.

The film will be followed by a discussion led by Luis Trindade (Universidade de Coimbra)

The Essay Film Festival is supported by CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.

This screening is supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

With thanks to the Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema

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