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Author: Stefan Solomon

Self-Portrait of an Exquisite Corpus: An Interview with João Pedro Rodrigues (Part Two)

This is the second part of an interview I conducted recently with the Portuguese filmmaker, João Pedro Rodrigues. In the first part, Rodrigues spoke about the process of creating his short film, “The King’s Body” (2012). In this part, he discusses his most recent work, “Where Do You Stand Now, João Pedro Rodrigues?” (2017) a film commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou for a 2016 retrospective of the director’s work. This short film offers a poetic summation of a vibrant career to date, and might serve as an introduction to a filmmaker frequently driven by the pull of reinvention....

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Self-Portrait of an Exquisite Corpus: An Interview with João Pedro Rodrigues (Part One)

With his first short film “Parabéns!” (1997) debuting at the Venice Film Festival more than two decades ago, João Pedro Rodrigues is by now a household name in Portuguese independent cinema, and has been honored with retrospectives at such venues as the Harvard Film Archive (2010, 2015) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (2016). His films, often co-directed or co-scripted with his partner João Rui Guerra da Mata, have followed a pleasingly unpredictable trajectory: his interest in Portugal’s former colony, Macao, has found expression in both slow-burning noirish thrillers as well as documentaries dealing with the island’s living and archival...

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Rite of Passage: Renée Nader Messora and Joāo Salaviza’s “The Dead and the Others”

In the cosmologies of indigenous Brazilian societies, the shaman occupies a privileged position, standing as a vector connecting the living with the dead, human with non-human worlds. For the Krahô people who inhabit the northeast area of the state of Tocantins, the shaman is unique in his ability to sense the presence of mecarõ (spirits), to cure sickness, and to place curses upon his enemies. In Renée Nader Messora and João Salaviza’s Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner The Dead and the Others (2018), we meet a young Krahô man, Ihjãc (Henrique Ihjãc Krahô), on his way to...

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