What Now? Remind Me hits screens
by Vitor Pinto
- In addition to the release of Joaquim Pinto’s documentary, there is also a retrospective of his life’s work showing at the Portuguese Film Museum
What Now? Remind Me [+see also:
film profile], by Joaquim Pinto, will hit Portuguese screens tomorrow. It has been one of the most eagerly awaited national documentaries ever since it was premiered last year at the Locarno Film Festival, where it snagged the Special Jury Prize, before going on to win the 11th edition of DocLisboa a few months later.
Making the most of the recognition that it garnered at the festivals, What Now? Remind Me is now landing in theatres courtesy of Midas Filmes, which is releasing the movie across a total of six cities, thus expanding its distribution reach way beyond the circuit that is usually just limited to cinemas in Lisbon and Porto. The film will also be screened in another six towns and cities in September.
An intimate diary in the guise of a movie, over its almost three-hour running time, What Now? Remind Me portrays a year in the life of Joaquim Pinto and his boyfriend Nuno Leonel – the year in which the director risks taking part in a clinical trial of new drugs to combat HIV (read the review).
In addition to this much-anticipated release, there is also a retrospective of the works of Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel showing at the Portuguese Film Museum from 2-6 September. It is a chance to (re)discover the career of a man who, as well as being a director, also worked as a producer for people such as Joao César Monteiro, and as a sound engineer on films by Raoul Ruiz (The Territory) and Werner Schroeter (Der Rosenköning). Burning bright on the programme are his first two features, Uma Pedra no Bolso (1987) and Onde Bate o Sol (1989), as well as a series of documentaries that he directed together with Leonel in Brazil in the 1990s and one of his latest works as a co-director, The New Testament of Jesus Christ According to John [+see also:
film profile]; incidentally, part of the shoot for this movie can be seen during a sequence of What Now? Remind Me.
(Translated from Spanish)