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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

The Idea of North

Glenn Gould tells the tale of a student's winter journey from Toronto to distant Winnipeg with images and music reflecting the majesty of the North.


"I've long been intrigued by that incredible tapestry of tundra and taiga which constitutes the Arctic and sub-Arctic of our country. I've read about it, written about it, and even pulled up my parka once and gone there. Yet like all but a very few Canadians I've had no real experience of the North. I've remained, of necessity, an outsider. And the North has remained for me, a convenient place to dream about, spin tall tales about, and, in the end, avoid. This programme, however, brings together some remarkable people who have had a direct confrontation with that northern third of Canada, who've lived and worked there and in whose lives the North has played a very vital role."


A Little Film About… Malika Favre

A Little Film About... Malika Favre from Handsome Frank on Vimeo.

Malika Favre is an artist who needs little introduction. Her instantly recognisable style sees her create beautifully bold vector illustrations which simplify down her subjects their bear essentials. Her work has adorned billboards, magazines and book covers the world over and her recent collaborations with the New Yorker magazine have raised her profile yet further and seen a whole new audience discover her incredible work.

In this short film directed by Jérôme de Gerlache, we learn about her work process, influences and get a behind the scenes glimpse of her home studio in East London.

Winter's Watch

“You have to be at peace with the fact that something might happen, and you might not make it through,” says Alexandra de Steiguer, the caretaker for the Oceanic Hotel, in Brian Bolster’s short documentary, "Winter’s Watch." De Steiguer has spent the past 19 winters tending to the 43-acre grounds of the hotel, on Star Island, which sits 10 miles off the coast of New England. In the long, wintry off-season, she is the island’s sole inhabitant.

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Auto Rádio

Um filme de Gonçalo Pôla (2016)

“Fazer este disco foi a coisa mais difícil que eu já fiz na vida” (Benjamim)

Verão de 2015. Quatro amigos partem na mais longa digressão de datas consecutivas de que há memória na história da música portuguesa. 5670 kms a bordo de uma carrinha Volkswagen Golf de 1996. Benjamim viajou do coreto de Alvito até à Gafanha da Nazaré, com etapa especial no Festival Bons Sons, na aldeia de Cem Soldos. A acompanhá-lo na estrada, António Vasconcelos Dias, músico da banda, Manuel San Payo, técnico de som e Gonçalo Pôla, realizador-documentarista.

Gonçalo, o homem da câmara, captou a estrada nacional, a auto-estrada, os concertos, os ensaios de som, os quartos de hotel, as pensões, as discussões, a condução segura, os mergulhos na piscina e a chuva que se abateu sobre o palco. Isto para além das muitas entrevistas, das horas de sessões de gravação do disco – desde a sua concepção – e o desespero da busca pela escrita em português, território novo para o escritor de canções que até aí só assinava em inglês.

Tal como o disco, o filme “Auto Rádio” é uma viagem pelo país, pelas canções e pela música. Fala sobre Afife, sobre a Guiné, sobre concertos esquecidos no terreiro da Aldeia da Pedralva ou sobre fazer música em Portugal; é uma ode à dureza da estrada, aos concertos falhados, aos bem sucedidos, aos discos, à rádio, ao Verão e ao país, enquanto conta a aventura insólita de uma longa jornada por Portugal quase inteiro numa carrinha carregada de equipamento até ao tejadilho. Além disso, como documentário que é, mostra-nos inúmeros detalhes sobre as canções; descodifica-as e contextualiza-as.

A estrutura narrativa parte dos 12 temas do álbum, das múltiplas entrevistas dadas em estações de rádio um pouco por todo o lado, e do discurso directo de pessoas importantes para o disco: AP Braga, João Paulo Feliciano, Henrique Amaro e Luís Oliveira da Antena 3 ou Pedro Ramos da Radar FM.

“Auto Rádio”
Duração: 90 minutos

Realização: Gonçalo Pôla

Com: Benjamim, António Vasconcelos Dias, Manuel San Payo, Nuno Lucas, João Vaz Silva, João Correia, AP Braga, Henrique Amaro, Pedro Ramos, João Paulo Feliciano, Luís Oliveira, entre outros.
Montagem: Gonçalo Pôla e Luís Nunes
Mistura de Som: Manuel San Payo

Bayard & Me

Bayard & Me from Super Deluxe on Vimeo.

Bayard & Me is a short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King, adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the 1980s for legal protections. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system in an era when gay marriage was inconceivable. He also reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.

Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker in New York. His film include Wild Combination about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell and Teenage about the birth of youth culture. His most recent shorts include HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary and The Face of AIDS for TIME Magazine.

Super Deluxe is an omni-platform entertainment company committed to amplifying unconventional creative voices. With online video for social feeds, television series, documentaries, interactive live experiences, and consumer-facing tech products, Super Deluxe talks to a generation of insatiably curious viewers who grew up clutching smartphones. Super Deluxe is a division of Turner, but it operates independently in Downtown LA.

Director: Matt Wolf
Producer: Brendan Doyle
DP: Pete Sillen
Editor: Conor McBride
Produced by SuperDeluxe and C41 Media