The films chosen for the Contemporary Exhibition can be separated in two major thematic groups: films that work with appropriation, recreation and translation,which are explored in different ways in the chosen features films (these are problematic issues frequently involved in artistic creation, and especially relevant to the cinema); and the films that bring politics to the table - and thus influence the way they express themselves. But it’s not politics in its militant and more literal form; it’s politics as an expression of the major crises in the contemporary world, like the shaken certainties in identities, migratory movements and the strategy of resistance against he power of big businesses.
Inventors and Masters are two of the three definitions Ezra Pound thought up to classify the creators of Literature (the Diluters would be the third one): the Inventors are "men who found a new process, or whose extant work gives us the first known example of a process"; the Masters are "men who combined a number of such processes, and who used them as well as or better than the inventors". We can transpose this definition into filmmaking, and, when we consider the modern cinema, Manoel de Oliveira would probably come out as one of the most relevant artists. A Master, just like his fellowPortuguese countrymen António Reis and João César Monteiro. But, while Manoel de Oliveira and António Reis portray the work and attitude of masters, João César Monteiro seems too much of an outsider to the placed as one of the "Portuguese film masters". He is one of the anomalies, like Luís Buñuel, Jerry Lewis, Charles Chaplin, Nicholas Ray and Jean-Luc Godard. All masters, undoubtedly, but they couldn't care less about it. Just like these outsider masters, his work rejects disciples who are too appreciative or disciplined.
The scope of the short-films selected for the 10th CineBH International Film Festival this year is broad, and shows some of the acutesymptoms of the historical moment we live in. They are perceptive in the formal and stylistic trends repeated in some works (of different types), in the political standing of some films (alert to the changes in the current social and political crises), and even in the general composition of the filmmakers (out of the 23 shorts in the programme, 12 are directed or co-directed by women). Besides the four showings of Brazilian short-films, there will also be a showing of recent Portuguese short-films; painting a picture of the Portuguese film production we have chosen to present this year at CineBH.
Mostras Diálogos Históricos
International Film Festivals don't usually roll out the red carpet for film critics. Quite the contrary: the presence of professional critics, at least in major events, has been sidelined in favor of a more factual media coverage, preferably focused on celebrities.
Swimming up this stream wasn't the main reason that we try to bring to CineBH, whenever possible, a critic of great renown. The main reason, we must confess, was really quite selfish. We wanted, most of all, to meet in person these people we know from their writing and contemplations, which have deepened our love for cinema. We want to be with them, learn from them - with the knowledge that this exchange has the potential to be extremely enriching, and with the desire to share with others the benefits of their presence.
Mostrinha de Cinema
The CineBH International Film Festival has guaranteed fun for the whole family with the Kids Film Exhibition. UniversoProdução believes investing in the audience to be important;to stimulate the young spectator to think critically and give them motivation is indispensible to the movie experience. That's why the commitment with the new generation has a guaranteed seat in our Film Festivals, which include the Cinema Without Borders produced in Minas Gerais (MostraTiradentes, CineOP and CineBH).