Passages, an essay film written and directed by Lúcia Nagib and Samuel Paiva
Release date: Spring 2019

The Passages Promotional Video is now available to view below. Further updates to come.

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The relationship between cinema and the real is probably the most central and complex issue in film studies. Passages attempts to address this issue by looking at a selection of films in which intermedial devices, that is, the utilisation within film of artforms such as painting, theatre, music, photography and others, appear to function as a ‘passage’ to political and social reality. In preparation for the film, we have interviewed 15 key Brazilian filmmakers, technicians and curators, all of whom are prominent figures of what became known as the Retomada do Cinema Brasileiro, or the Brazilian Film Revival, of the 1990s, which brought back to the agenda the question of national identity and Brazil’s lingering social issues. The flourishing and diversification of independent filmmaking from that period onwards favoured not only a new approach to reality, but an emboldened use of the film medium that acknowledged and exposed its inextricable connections with other art and medial forms. The Passages project proposes that the intermedial method is thus strategically poised to shed a new light on the ways in which these films not only represented but interfered with and transformed the world around them. The chosen case studies hail from Pernambuco, in the northeast of Brazil, and from São Paulo, in the southeast, whose filmmakers, though stemming from disparate regional cultures, have been in a close artistic dialogue since the Brazilian Film Revival, demonstrating their shared values at a certain historical juncture and interconnectedness across Brazilian geography.

The interviewees are, in alphabetical order by surname:

  • Tata Amaral – Film director
  • Cláudio Assis – Film director
  • Beto Brant – Film director, producer
  • Paulo Caldas – Film director
  • Vânia Debs – Film editor
  • DJ Dolores/Helder Aragão – Music composer, film director
  • Ana Farache – Film curator
  • Lírio Ferreira – Film director
  • Marcelo Gomes – Film director, screenwriter
  • Hilton Lacerda – Film director, script writer
  • Fernando Meirelles – Film director, producer
  • Kléber Mendonça Filho – Film director, film critic
  • Renata Pinheiro – Film director, art designer
  • Adelina Pontual – Film director
  • João Vieira Jr – Film producer

The interviews in their integrity, and in the Portuguese language, are posted here for the interest of researchers and film lovers. English subtitles will be added in due course.

For the film Passages, with a final length of around 90 minutes, the interviews will be edited with clips of relevant films and other imagery and sound, in order to buttress the film’s central hypothesis of the recourse to intermediality as a means to access physical and historical reality.

  • Tata Amaral – Film director

  • Cláudio Assis – Film director

  • Beto Brant – Film director, producer

  • Paulo Caldas – Film director

  • Vânia Debs – Film editor

  • DJ Dolores/Helder Aragão – Music composer, film director

  • Ana Farache – Film curator

  • Lírio Ferreira – Film director

  • Marcelo Gomes – Film director, screenwriter

  • Hilton Lacerda – Film director, script writer

  • Fernando Meirelles – Film director, producer

  • Kléber Mendonça Filho – Film director, film critic

  • Renata Pinheiro – Film director, art designer

  • Adelina Pontual – Film director

  • João Vieira Jr – Film producer