The New Testament of Jesus Christ According to John


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The New Testament of Jesus Christ According to John
O Novo Testamento De Jesus Cristo Segundo João | Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel, 2013
Portugal | Portuguese with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 128 minutes

One of Portugal’s most prominent and recognizable performers, Luís Miguel Cintra (a frequent player in the films of Manoel de Oliveira) reads the Gospel of John as images of natural splendor fill the screen. Providing no context outside of the gospel itself and letting the gravel and rhythm of Cintra’s voice take center stage, Pinto and Leonel find a soulful and familiar yet mysterious juxtaposition of words and images. In their directors’ statement, Pinto and Leonel write: “We are not theologians, nor do we belong to any religion, but just like everyone else, from those who call themselves Christians to those who declare themselves to be atheists and ‘free thinkers,’ we are all irrevocably steeped in twenty centuries of clericalism and Christian culture.”

Series: A Life Less Ordinary: The Films of Joaquim Pinto

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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