Debate sobre O Túmulo dos Pirilampos


O Túmulo dos Pirilampos.

Participei ontem num debate online sobre O Túmulo dos Pirilampos (Hotaru no haka, 1988), realizado por Isao Takahata, um dos filmes de guerra mais comoventes da história do cinema. A sessão foi organizada pela Plataforma pela Paz e o Desarmamento e contou com a participação de Beatriz Goulart Pinheiro (Conselho Português para a Paz e Cooperação) e Diogo Barbosa (Rádio Universidade de Coimbra), com moderação de Simão Correia Bento (Associação Projecto Ruído).

O Mundo de Maria


Eu Vos Saúdo, Maria (“Je vous salue, Marie”, 1984).

Já está disponível aqui o programa provisório do congresso Semana de la Imagen UFV (SIMUFV) 2021, organizado pela Universidade Francisco de Vitória em colaboração com a Universidade de Coimbra. No dia 4 de Março, participo numa mesa-redonda com colegas da Universidade de Coimbra e da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. A minha comunicação tem o título “O Mundo de Maria: Reflexões entre Jean-Luc Godard e Stanley Cavell”.

Harlan County U.S.A.: Os Mineiros Estarão Sempre em Luta (II)


Harlan County U.S.A.

Foi ontem publicado no AbrilAbril a segunda parte do meu artigo sobre Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), realizado por Barbara Kopple, aqui.

Uma Noite Imensa


Vitalina Varela.

O meu artigo sobre Vitalina Varela (2019), “Uma Noite Imensa”, foi publicado hoje e pode ser lido aqui. Regresso às páginas do jornal Avante! com o compromisso de escrever de dois em dois meses, intercalando textos com a Marta Pinho Alves.

Não Mais Morrer


Filme Socialismo (Filme socialisme, 2010).

O TEatro Ensaio já publicou o n.º 9 da sua publicação Ensaios de Teatro. O lançamento estava previsto para Dezembro de 2020. Devido à epidemia, foi adiado para Fevereiro de 2021. O Teatro Nacional São João cancelou agora o evento por indisponibilidade de re-agendamento. Tentem comprar. Este número da Ensaios de Teatro inclui um artigo meu: “Não Mais Morrer: Cinema, Invenção, Futuro”.

Cinema, Aesthetics and Memory CFP


The Cordillera of Dreams.

Cinema, Aesthetics and Memory: I International Film Studies Conference CFP

2, 3 and 4 June 2021, University of Coimbra (Online)

Deadline: 15th of March of 2021

Keynote speaker: Irene Depetris Chauvin (University of Buenos Aires)

Cinema is a privileged territory for aesthetic and discursive experimentation regarding memory, both in fiction and documentary film. The subjective turn underwent in the latter field over the last decades of the 20th century belongs to a wider cultural process, in which the contemporary interest in the past leads to a desire to rework the official narratives of history. This dynamic has been especially active in Latin America, among other territories, since documentary film has had a crucial role in constructing a collective memory about the military dictatorships that generated profound loss and trauma in different countries. Patricio Guzmán, the filmmaker honored by this conference, is one of the best-regarded documentarists in Latin-America, author of an extensive work on the social and political history of his country, Chile. In his latest trilogy, formed by Nostalgia for the Light (2010), The Pearl Button (2015) and The Cordillera of Dreams (2019), Guzmán creates a personal narrative on the inscription of individual, collective and historical memory in his country’s geography and landscape. Taking this filmmaker’s work as a starting point, we aim to reflect on the interplay between memory and aesthetics in film in order to develop different paths and languages:

Can the aesthetic experience of immersion in the film landscape contribute and/or take an active part in the reconstruction of memory?

What power does film exercise when recalling contrasting memories, as both a vehicle of transmission and obliteration of events? In what ways does cinema clarify or contribute to expose or erase the past?

Has cinema any transformative power in the context of traumatic situations?

What are the main aesthetic, narrative and poetic strategies to create and represent memory through film?

Proposals can discuss the following topics, among others:

- cinema and memory;
- landscape and memory;
- politics of representation in film-essay: cinema and poetry;
- contemporary documentary;
- Patricio Guzmán’s films.

The working languages of the conference will be Portuguese, English and Castilian.

Please submit an abstract (200-500 words) and a brief bio (100 words) to by March 15, 2021. Submissions must be written in Times New Roman, size 12, 1,5 space paragraph.

Centre for 20th Century Interdisciplinary Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Laboratory for Investigating and Practicing Art
Academic Theatre of Gil Vicente

Organizing Committee:
Sérgio Dias Branco
Silvana Mariani
Miguel Mira
Luísa Neves Soares
Júlia Vilhena
Iván Villarmea Álvarez

Scientific Committee:
María Guadalupe Arenillas (Northern Michigan University)
Sérgio Dias Branco (University of Coimbra)
Lídia Mello (University of Coimbra)
Manuela Penafria (University of Beira Interior)
Iván Villarmea Álvarez (University of Coimbra)

Spring Seminar 2021, “Revolution & Cinema”


Dealine: 21 Feb. 2021

Keynote Speakers and Artists:
Isabel Capeloa Gil
João Pedro Rodrigues
José Bértolo
Margarida Medeiros
Noé Sendas
Ulrich Baer

Some artworks, from cinema to visual arts and photography, have absorbed phenomena like ghosts, zombies, illness, death, spectra, apparitions, and another kind of “in-between” states of being. This kind of liminality is a way of bringing forward in our historical present its profound ambiguity. Images are ontologically problematic in their approach to reality. They are always a representation of a time and space, and their manipulation puts into question their indexicality. This liminality of ghosts, spectra and apparitions is also a way of analyzing the complexity of our historical present, in both its linearity and a cross-over of past, present and future. Therefore, these “in-between” states discuss issues of the traumatic past, as are empowerments to change the future. That is, the traumatic past haunts the historical present demanding new ways of knowing the world and history that will transform power structures.

This seminar aims to map and discuss contemporary manifestations in art & cinema of these phenomena.

We welcome papers on the following topics:
• critical theory on spectrology, haunting and ghosts;

• cinema and visual arts that incorporate or relate to ghosts, zombies or dead people;

• spaces of liminality in cinema and contemporary art;

• artworks that use spectrology, haunting and ghosts as means to speak trauma;

• alternative uses of narrative dealing with these “in-between” states;

• how certain images haunt the historical present;

• uncovering archives.

Guidelines for submissions:
The proposals should be comprised of an abstract (about 300 words), a biographical note (about 100 words), 4-6 keywords and contact and affiliation information of the author(s). The proposals should be sent in a single word document (.doc or .docx). All submissions should be sent to

Organizing Committee:
Nuno Crespo
Daniel Ribas

Scientific Committee:
Avery Gordon (Birkbeck, University of London)
Carlos Natálio (Catholic University of Portugal)
Clara Rownlad (IELT - NOVA FCSH) Elisabete Marques (University of Porto)
Filipa Rosário (University of Lisbon)
Joana Rafael (Higher School of Arts of Porto)
Maria Coutinho (Catholic University of Portugal)
Maria Mire (Ar.Co)

Paulo Cunha (Catholic University of Portugal)
Pedro Alves (Catholic University of Portugal)
Sérgio Dias Branco (University of Coimbra)
Teresa Castro (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)
Tiago Baptista (Portuguese Cinematheque – Museum of Cinema )

Cinema Transformed


Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image 8, no. 1, is out. It includes my review of Mike Wayne’s Marxism Goes to the Movies (London: Routledge, 2020). Download it here.

Harlan County U.S.A.: Os Mineiros Estarão Sempre em Luta (I)


Harlan County U.S.A.

É o meu regresso às páginas do AbrilAbril, depois de outros projectos e compromissos. Nos próximos meses, esperem artigos em duas partes sobre filmes que olham a classe trabalhadora. Comecei com Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), realizado por Barbara Kopple, aqui.

The Journal of Class and Culture CFP


The Journal of Class and Culture is really pleased to announce our first call for papers. Please submit articles/essay/reflections dealing with all aspects of Class and Culture. This a multi-disciplinary journal so we welcome contributions from such diverse areas as economics, history, film, media, cultural studies, sociology, criminology. We are also calling for suggestions for reviews and interviews. Please read our Aims and Scope here and then click on the submission guidelines for information on how to submit.