Gabriel Abrantes Ornithes, 2012

Gabriel Abrantes: A History of Mutual Respect, 2010. © the artist

Shot in Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, A History of Mutual Respect, 2010, responds to the complex dynamic between Brazil and Portugal, as the former coloniser veers towards economic dependency and collapse. Filmed in Luanda, Angola, Liberdade, 2011, is focused on the new relationships of love and desire created by mass migration and economic consequences of global capital in Africa. Ornithes, 2012, is an adaption of Aristophanes’ The Birds, featuring costumes made by local artisans and dialogue in Creole and Attic Greek, shot in Jakmel, Haiti.

We are delighted to welcome one of the filmmakers in person to introduce and discuss the films. The screening is part of the Festival’s Postcolonial Cinema Weekend, which explores the complex histories and material traces of past colonial inequalities through contemporary filmmaking.

Gabriel Abrantes' films are centered on the new identities and relations forged through globalisation. Often produced in collaboration with local and non-professional actors, his work deals with the human impact of historical, economic, and political forces through a theatricality and cinematic transgression. His brand of postcolonial cinema implicates desire and repression, often focusing on the reconstructing of Portugal’s colonial past. The Lisbon-based artist-filmmaker has shown his work internationally and won several prizes including the Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival, 2010.

Curated by AV Festival. Regional Premiere.

A History of Mutual Respect, Liberdade, Ornithes + Q&A
Dir. Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt, Benjamin Crotty

(includes all screenings on Sat 8 and Sun 9 March only)

Sun 9 March 2014, 11am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP

Title: A History of Mutual Respect
Directors: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Year: 2010
Runtime: 23min
Country: Portugal
Language: Portugese/English
Cinematography: Natxo Checa
Editor: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Sound: Hugo Leitão

Title: Liberdade
Directors: Gabriel Abrantes, Benjamin Crotty
Year: 2011
Runtime: 16min
Country: Angola/Portugal
Language: English
Cinematography: Eberhard Schedl
Editor: Benjamin Crotty, Gabriel Abrantes
Sound: Oswald Juliana

Title: Ornithes
Director: Gabriel Abrantes
Year: 2012
Runtime: 17min
Country: Portugal
Language: French/Greek with English subtitles