71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
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Spell Reel

Filipa César
France      96 m.
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In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruination, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amí­lcar Cabral, the liberation leader assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N'Hada and Flora Gomes, and many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey where the fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel to look through. Digitised in Berlin, screened and live commented, the archive convokes debates, storytelling, and forecasts. From isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels are now the place from where people search for antidotes for a world in crisis.

Director
Filipa César (Portugal)
Screenplay
Filipa César
Production
Spectre Productions (France)
Olivier Marboeuf
Photography
Jenny Lou Ziegel
Edition
Filipa César
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Format
Betacam digital
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Running Time
96 m.
Country
France
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