Films by Pedro Peralta, Tomás Baltazar, Filipa César, João Viana

Gulbenkian and the Portuguese Cinema

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Gulbenkian and the Portuguese Cinema cycle – Territories of Passage – , curated by Miguel Valverde, shows the work of Portuguese film directors, supported by Gulbenkian Foundation over the last decade. This Program is inspired by the 6 mouvements of Symphony n.4 by Philip Glass.

Ascensão, by Pedro Peralta
Um dia Cabouqueiros, by Tomás Baltazar
Mined Soil, by Filipa César
Tabatô, by João Viana


Ascensão, by Pedro Peralta (18′) / 2016

At dawn a group of peasants tries to rescue the body of a young man from the inside of a well. Women veil their faces in silence while men endure the situation. In the center of it all, a mother awaits her son’s salvation.
The wait is over. The boy’s body emerges from the depths of the earth. How can life cease to be when in nature there is an enduring renewal?
From a distance the sun sinks into the horizon. There is a new day ahead.


Um dia Cabouqueiros, by Tomás Baltazar (37′) / 2015

One day, twenty-four hours, in three abandoned stone quarries. They differ in location, in texture, in scale and in the mineral under extraction. Reaching beyond an analysis of the social, environmental and economic impact of stone quarrying in Portugal, this observes these differences in a documental format.


Mined Soil, by Filipa César (33′) / 2015

The film-essay Mined Soil revisits the work of the Guinean agronomist Amílcar Cabral, studying in the 50’s the erosion of soil in the Portuguese Alentejo region through to his engagement as one of the leaders of the African Liberation Movement. This line of thoughts intertwines a documentation on an experimental gold mining site, operated today by a Canadian company and located in the same Portuguese area once studied by Cabral. The voice over explores the space, surfaces and textures of the images, proposing past and present definitions of soil as a repository of memory, trace, exploitation, crisis, arsenal, treasure and palimpsest.


Tabatô, by João Viana (13′) / 2013

Mutar, who fought in the war, is back in Guinea.
In his luggage, he brings strange objects.
Fatu, his daughter, takes the opportunity of Mutar ‘s absence to open his bag.
Shortly affterwards, Fatu’s boyfriend Idrissa finds Mutar with his hand soiled in blood and Fatu dead.
It is then that Idrissa picks up a drum.


At the end of the session there is a conversation with the director, the curator Miguel Valverde and the italian film critic Paolo Moretti.

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