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Essay Film Festival: Films to Be Made, A Study Day on the Work of Eduardo Coutinho

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Films to Be Made: A Study Day on the Work of Eduardo Coutinho

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In the context of the screenings of Man Marked to Death (1984) and Last Conversations (2015) as part of this year’s edition of the Essay Film Festival, this study day explores the work of Brazilian documentarist Eduardo Coutinho (1933-2014), by combining two panel discussions and a lecture by Fábio Andrade about the film A Day in Life (2010). Bringing together researchers, critics and long-time collaborators of the filmmaker, this event addresses questions of authorship, appropriation and the notion of the unfinished film.

To view the films please visit our main festival website anytime between 25 March and 3 April available here:

Programme of Study Day, Saturday 3 April 2021

Links to the study day sessions will be sent to all those who register.

14:00 BST: Discussion around Man Marked for Death with Cecília Sayad (University of Kent) and Victor Guimarães (film critic and independent programmer), chaired by Lúcia Nagib (University of Reading)

16:00 BST: A Day in Life: A Lecture by Fábio Andrade (New York University). During one day in October 2009, Eduardo Coutinho recorded 19 hours of television footage, broadcasted by eight different channels in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The filmmaker later used these images without authorization, selecting and incorporating them in a collage which seems as chaotic as it is complex. Departing from the conception of A Day in Life (2010) as a non-existent film, researcher and PhD candidate Fábio Andrade (NYU) will offer a lecture on this offbeat production within Coutinho’s filmography, addressing its invisibility due to rights issues, its hybrid nature and the research facets of the work.

18:00 BST: Discussion around Last Conversations with Jordana Berg (film editor), João Moreira Salles (filmmaker, producer) and Consuelo Lins (filmmaker, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

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