Há Filmes na Baixa! is approaching its last cycles. In October, we presented a cycle about labour, as seen by very recent Portuguese films. Over the two days, three films by Terratreme will be screened, all of which deal with the impact of the financial crisis and the deregulation of the labour market. The first session will be dedicated to the Revolução Industrial, by Tiago Hespanha and Frederico Lobo; and the short-film, Provas, Exorcismos, by Susana Nobre. On the second day, we will screen A Fábrica de Nada, the film sensation of Pedro Pinho, which had a world premiere at the last Cannes Film Festival.
The labour market has changed radically in the early twenty-first century. Precariousness, globalization and the financial crisis have forced profound changes in power relations. Provas, Exorcismos, the short film by Susana Nobre, which has screened at the Directors' Fortnight (Cannes 2015), dialogues with this situation, accompanying a worker who loses his job at the factory where he worked in the last 25 years. On the other hand, Tiago Hespanha and Frederico Lobo's Revolução Industrial, which was screened at the Visions du Réel (2014), documents the state of Vale do Ave, one of the country's most important industrial centres, looking at each other in the past and the future. In A Fábrica de Nada, by Pedro Pinho, the focus is on the struggle of a group of workers against the compulsory closure of their factory. A film that also risks its cinematographic form, impressing an amazing style.
In 2017, we will continue to propose cinema cycles, at the monthly rate, providing hypotheses for the discovery of less known cinematographies or films that deserve new visibility. These cycles, which will have a thematic coherence, will extend the activity of Porto/Post/Doc, the festival that takes place at the end of November.
Cycle #07: Labour, October 2017
Cinema Passos Manuel, 22:00
Provas, Exorcismos, Susana Nobre
2015, PRT, 25’
Revolução Industrial, Tiago Hespanha e Frederico Lobo
2014, PRT, 73’
A Fábrica de Nada, Pedro Pinho
2017, PRT, 177’