Photogénie's Ruben Demasure has been selected as a Young Critics Trainee at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will report here throughout the festival.
“It makes no sense going to the theater to watch films if one lacks the desire to prolong that very experience by means of words, conversations, writing.” What better way to kick off Photogénie’s coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam than with these words from João Bénard da Costa in Manuel Mozos’s new film, playing in the Signals Regained section. João Bénard da Costa – Others Will Love the Things I Loved is a homage to the eponymous Portuguese cinephile. Bénard, who passed away in 2009, was a major advocate of film culture in his country, but remains largely unknown outside the Portuguese-speaking community. He was the assistant director and subsequent director of the Cinemateca Portuguesa from 1980 until his death. He was a critic for the newspapers Público and O Independente and author of Os Filmes da Minha Vida (1990), books on the musical genre, Portuguese film history, next to monographic studies on Hitchcock, Buñuel, Lang, Ford, von Sternberg, Ray and Hawks. Bénard acted in films by Raúl Ruiz and mainly Manoel de Oliveira – that other Portuguese film legend of which an essayistic portrait, Les Gants Blancs, premieres in the same Signals Regained section. Continue Reading →