No intenso agora

In the Intense Now
En el intenso ahora
João Moreira Salles
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In the Intense Now

Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, In the Intense Now speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed – joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay – but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record?

Awards and festivals

- International Film Festival of Cali, Colombia - Best Documentary, International Competition (2017)
- International Documentary Festival of Yamagata - Special Award of the Official Jury, Best Documentary (2017)
- Cinéma du Réel, France - Best Soundtrack, Best Documentary - Libraries' Award- and Best Documentary -SCAM International Award- (2017)
- Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC) - Honorary Mention (2017)
- Rio de Janeiro Association of Film Critics (ACCRJ) - Top 10 best films of 2017 (2017)
- São Paulo Association of Art Critics (APCA), Brazil - Best Director of 2017 (2017)
- International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana (2017)
- Fénix Film Awards, Mexico City (2017)
- Cineuropa, International Film Festival of Santiago de Compostela (2017)
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Master Category (2017)
- 2017 Vienna International Film Festival - Official Selection (2017)
- Festi-Freak International Independent Film Festival of Mar del Plata (2017)
- Chicago International Film Festival - International Competition (2017)
- International Documentary Film Festival Dei Popoli - Official Selection (2017)
- Doclisboa'17 - From the Earth to the Moon Section (2017)
- Lima Film Festival - International Competition (2017)
- MIFF Milan International Filmmaker Festival - Star in Milan (2017)
- Donostia Zinemaldia. San Sebastian Festival - Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section (2017)
- Jerusalem Film Festival - Intersections competition (2017)
- DocMontevideo - Documentary Week (2017)
- Docaviv. International Documentary Film Festival, TelAviv (2017)
- It's All True - Special Programs (2017)
- BAFICI. Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (2017)
- Berlinale. Berlin International Film Festival - Panorama (2017)

Biography of the director

João Moreira Salles
Documentary filmmaker. In 1985 he wrote the screenplay for the documentary series Japan, a Journey in Time. In 1987 he directed China, The Empire of the Center and wrote the screenplay for Krajberg, the Poet of the Remains. Two years later he directed the television series America and the documentary Poetry is One or Two Lines and Behind it a Huge Landscape about poet Ana Cristina César. In 1990 he directed Blues. For cable channel GNT, he directed the documentary Jorge Amado, about race relation in Brazil and the series Football, co-directed with Arthur Fontes. Together with Katia Lund, he directed News of a Personal War, about urban violence in Brazil. In 2000 he directed The Valley, a documentary about the environmental devastation of the Paraíba Valley and Santa Cruz: Holy Cross about the growth of an evangelical church in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Both these films were made with journalist Marcos Sá Corrêa. In 2002, João Salles directed Nelson Freire, his first documentary for cinema. In recent years he has directed Intermissions (2004), Santiago (2007), In the Intense Now (2017) and has produced Last Conversations, the last documentary film by Eduardo Coutinho, who died in 2014.

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Tuesday 8

  • 18:30 h
  • Casa de América. Cine Iberia
  • Q&A with João Moreira Salles

Thursday 10

  • 18:00 h
  • Cineteca. Sala Azcona
  • Q&A with João Moreira Salles
Data sheet
João Moreira Salles
Portuguese - Subtitled in Spanish
João Moreira Salles
Eduardo Escorel, Laís Lifschitz
Rodrigo Leão
Maria Carlota Bruno
Production company