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Antonio Reis and Margarida Cordeiro: Study-Day

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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10h Arrivals
10h15 Raquel Morais: Introducing Antonio Reis and Margarida Cordeiro
10h45 Screening of Domus Braganca (1975, 20')

11h05 Catarina Alves Costa: Ethnographic experimentation in Reis and Cordeiro’s Tras os Montes + response

12h15-13h30 Lunch Break

13h30- 13h45 Screening of Ecra — Ana (1981, 10')

13h45h - Hilary Owen: Freeze-Framing the Nation in Tras-os-Montes: On Reis and Cordeiro’s Feeling for Snow + response

15h00 - Ricardo Matos Cabo: The lived word - some thoughts about the use of language and translation in Tras-os-Montes

15h45-16h30: Round-table + Final remarks

Accompanying the retrospective devoted to the work of Antonio Reis and Margarida Cordeiro, this study-day will take place in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, bringing together scholars and researchers from Portugal and the UK. It intends to provide context and in-depth discussions about the duo’s work, while relating it with the Portuguese tradition of Cinema Novo and ethnographic film. It will present historical and socio-political context to the films, while framing them through notions like those of translation, passage and transformation.

These notions account for different processes of transposition that take place within the films themselves, but also in the ways of transmitting them, be it the movement to recover objects from popular culture then recontextualized as art; the way the film works with literary texts or different forms of writing; the exercise of subtitling these films into another language or “telling” them to someone; or the technological transposition from analogue to digital in relation to the recent digitisation works made by Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema.

With the support of CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership, Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network, ABIL, the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists.

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