We're delighted to be able to hijack Gabriel Abrantes on his way to Gent's esteemed Courtisane Film Festival to screen three of the sumptuously cinematic romps he's co-directed over the last year and a bit (with most notably Daniel Schmidt). Taking no hostages, their partnership's films have slashed and burned their way through festival competition, after competition, including Venice, Viennale (and can't quite find another one with V!). Featuring blondes in the jungle, fascist architecture, palaces of pity, medieval pageantry and some of the freshest, keenest, smartest film-making one can see. Roll up, roll up!
Tonight's programme includes:
A HISTORY OF MUTUAL RESPECT - Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt [pt 2010, 23 min]
With Gabriel Abrantes’s prodigious Rotterdam 2010 entry Visionary Iraq we asked whether things could get any more wrong? The good news is that they do. Playing the ludicrously self-confident protagonists of their film, Abrantes & Schmidt head for the jungle. It’s a work of great imagination, biting chunks from the rule-book, pitching cliché against cliché and with an opening that couples the sublime Iguazu Falls with the husky wisdom of Nina Simone. Mesmerising!
BABY BACK COSTA RICA - Gabriel Abrantes [pt 2011, 5 min]
Three teenage girls are heading home in their Mini Cooper S. They discuss their boyfriends, their boyfriend’s mothers, their boyfriend’s mother’s cars, and Judaism.This film is part of the sub-genre of horror films where a vehicle is the protagonist. Pedro Gomes developed an aggressive soundscape, working at the intersection of distorted post-rock guitar with horror film soundtrack tropes.
PALACIOS DE PENA - Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt [pt 2011, 55 min]
Pre-adolescence meets the forest fires of globalisation, product placement, UNESCO world heritage and fear-inflamed legacies of oppression. A post-dubbed, post, post, post wonder of cinematic imagination-in-heat from Abrantes & Schmidt