Portuguese Cinema : art, not industry

Monday 21 january

Fonction : Cinéma

A round table with the participation of Miguel Gomes (Aquele querido mês de agosto, Tabu) João Pedro Rodrigues (O Fantasma, Alvorada Vermelha, A última vez que vi Macau ) João Guerra de Mata (Alvorada Vermelha, A última vez que vi Macau , O que arde cura) and Pedro Caldas (Guerra Civil).
Moderator: Cyril Neyrat, critic.

“1962: Paulo Rocha’s Les vertes années marks the birth of a Portuguese New Wave. Since then, one of Europe’s smallest countries hasn’t stopped producing one of the world’s best cinema profiles. New authors have come to replace Olivera, Orcha, Lopes, Reis, Montero and Costa. They’re called Miguel Gomes, João Pedro Rodrigues, Joâo Rui da Mata Guerra and Pedro Caldas. They’re no kind of Wave, since the beauty of Portuguese cinema has always been its combination of unique and solitary temperaments. In spite of international acclaim (audience popularity and lots of big festival awards), it is regularly attacked in Portugal itself. Economic crisis has increased the pressures, and a battle to preserve its independence vis-à-vis the industry and the sirens of neoliberal populism has been launched. Our guest film-makers are at the frontline of this combat. Together, we’ll attempt to understand what it is that makes Portuguese cinema great but also fragile, and why and how it should be defended.”
Cyril Neyrat.

Cyril Neyrat, essayist, cinema teacher at Geneva’s HEAD, former member of the Cahiers du cinema editorial board and editor in chief of Vertigo magazine, who currently heads Independencia publications.

Spread the fire – Burning Head Kim Kyung-mook

Tuesday 22 january

Fonction : Cinéma

Kim Kyung-mook Master Class, director of Me and Doll-playing, A Cheonggyecheon Dog, Faceless Things and Stateless Things.
Animated by Bastian Meiresonne, Asian cinema specialist.

“The whole planet may be swinging to the heady rhythm of Gangnam Style, but the Koreans are filling the movie theaters (The Thieves, Masquerade, Wolf Boy); a success (and skyrocketing box-offices) ascribable to the experience of the local entertainment industry and the dynamism of many independent talents. And that’s how film-makers like Jo Sung-hee (The end of the animal), Yoon Sung-Hyun (Bleak Night) or Park Jung-bun (The Journals of Musan) got hold of the digital equipment needed to break free from the demands of capital, and to shoot their personal and provocative films. Kim Kyung-mook is the latest addition to this group of new digital-era film-makers. Committed to a psychiatric hospital at 18 by his father for “behavioral problems” (read: homosexual orientation), cinema offered him a true catharsis. His deeply introspective examination of his own identity and that of his entourage might make some of us feel a little uneasy.
Bastian Meiresonne

Mental Illness: a road to recovery?

Wednesday 23 january

Fonction : Cinéma

A round table organized in collaboration with the Association Le Relais and the “Journées de la Schizophrénie 2013” (JdS). With the participation of Lyubov Arkus, (Anton's Right Here), Aline Thomas, a person living with mental illness, Dr Fabrice Chantraine, Clinic Director, JADE (Young adults at an early stage of mental illness), Psychiatric Department, HUG, and Aviva Dattell, family member and member of Le Relais.
Moderator: Jean Dambron, President of Le Relais.

Mental illness is frightening, so it’s hardly surprising that those affected should be the victims of stigmatization. A Geneva association, Le Relais supports the families of mentally ill people and works to counter discrimination.
Le Relais and other similar groups in the French-speaking part of Switzerland organize an annual event called “Schizophrenia Days” (Journées de la Schizophrénie [JdS]) to inform the public about mental illness. The March 2013 “JdS” will focus on the theme: “Schizophrenia is treatable”.
Films are part of the campaign. Which is why Le Relais is involved in Black Movie’s screening of Anton's Right Here– a film that shows the needs and difficulties of people suffering from mental illness. Considering that Lyubov Arkus’ film makes a significant contribution to the destigmatization of mental illness, the “Journées de la Schizophrénie” (Schizophrénia Days) association is offering a special “Mental Health” prize of CHF 2000 to the Russian film-maker.
This round table provides an opportunity to discuss mental illness as well as what exists locally in terms of care and possibilities for recovery.

Carlos Reygadas – A love of what is radical and free

Friday 25 january

Fonction : Cinéma

A Master Class about Post Tenebras Lux director Carlos Reygadas.
Moderated by Jaime Rosales, a pish film-maker, script-writer, film producer and author, notably, of La Soledad.

“The world of cinema is beautiful and cruel at the same time. Marvelous because it allows creators, film-makers, to produce beauty with what is most beautiful: the real world. The camera records and reproduces the beauty of the world: its landscapes, its creatures. But it is also a cruel world that imposes tough market laws on film-makers. Very few of them are free and, from a position of liberty, know how to create a unique and radical oeuvre. Carlos Reygadas is one of the few.”
Jaime Rosales