I don’t believe in a God that doesn’t know how to dance

“To see these light, foolish, pretty, lively little sprites flit about – that moves Zarathustra to tears and songs. I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance.

And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity – through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity! Thus spoke Zarathustra.”

We take from Nietzsche the title for this program that, for the second consecutive year, the Directors’ Week dedicates to Brazilian films by contemporary artists. At a time when Brazil is experiencing one of its worst ethical, moral, social and identity crises, it was inevitable that we look for the films that confront our present and past nightmares with a promise of joy. This promise, however, does not stem from the denial of our present or from the childish refusal to face our tragedy; nor is it confused with a vain, populist hope for better days.

The artists presented here inhabit and occupy a shattered world that is haunted by all the past and still present daily violence, offering in exchange what they can to face impotence: bodies, dance, delirium – small communions to resist annihilation. In these films, the ruins of our modern projects and the dystopian landscapes announced in abandoned public spaces are occupied by ghosts that our progress has not been able to – and did not want to – save: madmen, blacks, transsexuals, prostitutes, hybrid beings. Between ghosts and survivors, these bodies dance, shout, and re-sensualize a world in which there seems to be less space for the powers of difference. Not without melancholy, they claim their right to existence and love.

If we take from Nietzsche the inspiration for the title of this program, it is from the sound of Caetano Veloso that these films invite the god of Zarathustra to dance. More specifically, the song that, exactly fifty years ago, at the dawn of one of the most violent periods in Brazilian history, and marking the beginning of the Tropicália movement, pointed to a breach of existence, perhaps the only possible existence “between the legs, flags, and teeth, under a sun of crimes and faces of presidents”¹. If history repeats itself as a farce, let us continue, once again, “with our eyes full of vain loves, why not?”1. Joy is the proof of the pudding.²

 

1 Allusion to the lyrics of Caetano Veloso’s “Alegria, Alegria” (1967)

2 Allusion to Oswald de Andrade’s Manifesto antropofágico (1928)

 

Curated by Patricia Mourão

Cais do corpo
dir: Virginia de Medeiros
7' . 2015 . RJ
Rating 16 years

Shot during the revitalization process of Mauá Square, in the port area of Rio de Janeiro, this film shows the transformations the place has suffered, told through the universe of prostitution, which was first instituted in the region in 1930. In this place, [...]

Screening:
november 18 at 17h

Rio de Janeiro
dir: Luiz Roque
5' . 2017 . SP
Rating 14 years

On Aterro do Flamengo, in an indefinite time, an ancestral black goddess observes the fire that, in 1978, destroyed almost the entire MAM collection. Incarnating all the forgotten black and transsexual bodies, this vindictive ghost occupies and eroticizes what remains [...]

Screening:
november 18 at 17h

Superquadra-Sací
dir: Cristiano Lenhardt
10' . 2015 . PE
Rating 14 years

Jussaras and Guaracys accept their saints and emanate their blessings following sonic-sexual impulses. Opposing in its title the apex of the Brazilian modernist rationalism movements (the megablocks of Brasília) and a character out of our folklore, commonly [...]

Screening:
november 18 at 17h

Teta lírica
dir: Marie Carangi
5' . 2016 . PE
Rating 14 years

Having at background an acoustic shell stage in disuse, Marie Carangi, produces sounds in a theremin with the movement of her breasts. Emphasizing the utopian and bankrupt dimension of a project of modernity printed in architecture, the film confronts and subverts the [...]

Screening:
november 18 at 17h

Set To Go
dir: Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
12' . 2016 . PE
Rating 16 years

Taking its title from the name of a Frevo step that pretends a moment of imbalance, Set To Go portrays four dancers in their ways of articulating a form of popular tradition with gender and socio-economic issues. As a series of annotations on the relation between [...]

Screening:
november 18 at 17h

Funk Staden
dir: Dias & Riedweg
14' . 2007 . Alemanha, Brasil
Rating 14 years

A dupla Maurício Dias (Brasil, 1964) e Walter Riedweg, (Suíça, 1955) realiza projetos colaborativos públicos, performances, vídeos e instalações. Combinando vídeo, etnografia e performance para abordar questões políticas e sociais, os artistas tecem em seus [...]

Screening:
november 18 at 17h

Archichroma (new Romanticism to somber times)
dir: Pedro França
17' . 2017 . SP
Rating 16 years

A daydream, of precarious structure, in which a delirious and absurd ghost possesses the mayor of São Paulo, making him say the words of a monster. Its title alludes to the effects of chroma key, the utopian architecture of the 1960s, and the idea that was the origin [...]

Screening:
november 18 at 17h