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by Juliana Rojas
Dezenove Som e Imagens: Sara Silveira
Winner of the Special Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2017 with As Boas Maniera (Good Manners), Juliana Rojas was ready to shoot Cidade;Campo on May 29th when Covid-19 added to the political turmoil in Brazil and forced her to postpone. Juliana's new project established a parallel between two social and historical Brazilian way of life through strong female characters, creating an atmosphere on the edge of fantasy and reality.
– Mathilde Henrot, Selection Committee
The first time I saw a film by Alexander Kluge was during a retrospective of his work at the Brazilian Cinematheque, in São Paulo - an essential place for my training as a cinephile and a filmmaker, and that today is threatened by a lack of government investment. It was 2003 and I was still in film school. On the same exhibition I saw IN GEFAHR UND GRÖSSTER NOT BRINGT DER MITTELWEG DEN TOD, directed by Alexander Kluge & Edgar Reitz. I felt a chill immediately from the first seconds of the projection — the movie title written on a wall of an abandoned building. The film impressed me with its vivid mix of documentary, fiction, and archive footage, articulated by fragmented and dialectical editing. It showed me how cinema could gain a political dimension and the power created when the performers confront reality and the public sphere. I still have the program from that screening with me, and to this day, when I reopen it, not only the memories from the movie emerge, but also I relive the wonderful feeling of discovering something new and pulsating inside a film theater. For me, it is an example of the power of cinema to create emotional memories and make us travel through time. Especially in these difficult times, in order to deal with the present and construct a better future, we must make this journey back to the past and learn from history - and we might be surprised at how contemporary some films are.
– Juliana Rojas