The Listening Act
This programme suggests we primarily engage with these films through sound. Listen to them. Accept the dark of the theatre, hear and build images when there are none in the screen. And also the other way round. Look for the sounds the films don’t bring along in an addition and multiplication exercise. Cinema enhances imagination.
OCT 31 / 4.30 pm, Culturgest – Small Aud.
The starting point of these works is sound building. We start with a walk on the beach guided by the voice of Hildegard Westerkamp. The composer and sound ecologist is also the main character of Listening. What the Water Said is the result of immersing film in the Atlantic Ocean. In Ópera dos Cachorros, we follow Paula Gaitán in a stroll through the city of São Paulo. Lastly, Sounds from Beneath dissolves mining songs in the landscape.
OCT 31 / 10.15 pm, São Jorge 3
In Eavesdropper, the director searches for a possible definition of silence, be it through words (spoken or written) or images (created or re-appropriated). Tug establishes an absence of sound from the beginning and the texture of the images makes any attempt to limit time intriguing. It is thus in the attention we pay to these everyday lives, by looking at the ones appearing on screen, that we produce the sounds that the images do not carry with them.