Thom Andersen, Portugal, 67’, 2012
“Reconversão” portrays 17 buildings and projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied usually by his own writings. It is a search for his architecture, without critical commentary. Only the tour guide at Braga Stadium offers generalizations, which fit that work well enough, but it may be the exception, not the rule. Souto Moura has the last word: “If there is nothing there, I invent a pre-existence.” Technically, “Reconversão” combines the crudeness of proto-cinema with the hyperrealism of digital cinema, bringing us back to the ideals of Dziga Vertov. Shooting only one or two frames per second and animating the images, in the manner of Muybridge, produces greater resolution, although not necessarily a greater sense of reality, and brings attention to the movements of water and vegetation that generally pass unnoticed.
4 FILMS X 4 DIRECTORS
To celebrate its 20th edition, the Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival commissioned a special programme of four films by four significant directors in the international panorama who maintain a strong connection with the festival: Helvécio Marins Jr., Sergei Loznitsa, Yann Gonzalez and Thom Andersen.
AGÊNCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency