Porto makes it to San Sebastián
by Vitor Pinto
- The new film by Brazilian-born Gabe Klinger will be unveiled in San Sebastián's New Directors competition; João Pedro Rodrigues' The Ornithologist and Marilia Rocha's Where I Grow Old will join it
Porto [+see also:
interview: Gabe Klinger
film profile], the new film by Brazilian-born, US-based critic, curator and director Gabe Klinger, is set to be unveiled in the New Directors competition of the 64th San Sebastián International Film Festival (16-24 September). The feature is also now officially part of New Europe Film Sales' line-up. The Polish-based sales agent is already planning to present a promo for the film at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. Shot in Porto in the winter of 2015 with the support of the City Council (read more), the film was produced by Rodrigo Areias' outfit Bando à Parte, in co-production with the US (Double Play Films), France (Gladys Glover) and Poland (Madants). Jim Jarmusch served as the executive producer.
Having been crowned with the Best Director Award at Locarno, Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues will also be heading to the Basque Country in September, as his latest feature, The Ornithologist [+see also:
interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
film profile], has been selected in the Zabaltegi sidebar of the 64th San Sebastián International Film Festival. A co-production between Portugal, France and Brazil, The Ornithologist is thus continuing its international festival run, although no date has been officially announced yet for the surrealistic film’s theatrical opening in Portugal.
Instead, part of the ongoing discussion about the movie in Portugal – even before its Locarno trophy – is related to the fact that some of the crew, including DoP Rui Poças and Rodrigues himself, have not yet been paid. The case has been drawn to the public’s attention by artists’ union CENA, at the same time as a similar situation continues to affect another film, Zeus, by Paulo Filipe Monteiro. Production outfit Blackmaria is currently dealing with the case in order to resolve the situation.
Besides Porto and The Ornithologist, another Portuguese co-production has also made it into Zabaltegi: Marilia Rocha’s Where I Grow Old [+see also:
film profile]. Premiered at Rotterdam earlier this year, the film is a co-production between Terratreme Filmes and Brazil's Anavilhana, focusing on two women with different desires: one is settling in Brazil, craving a new life, while the other is terribly homesick and considering returning to Portugal.