EFF Preludes 2023 — António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro: Study-day

9 December 2022, 10:00 — 17:00
Birkbeck Cinema


Accompanying the season Into Their Labours: The Films of António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro, organised in partnership by Open City Documentary Festival, the Essay Film Festival and the ICA, this study-day will bring 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.

Entrance is free but booking is required. Register here.


10h Arrivals
10h15 Raquel Morais: Introducing António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro
10h45 Screening of Domus Bragança (1975, 20′)
11h05 Catarina Alves Costa: Ethnographic experimentation in Reis and Cordeiro’s Trás os Montes + response

12h15-13h30 Lunch Break

13h30Screening of Ecrã — Ana (1981, 10′)
13h45 Hilary Owen: Freeze-Framing the Nation in Trás-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 Trás-os-Montes
15h45 Round-table + Final remarks

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.