A Life Less Ordinary: The Films of Joaquim Pinto

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August 8 - 12

A sound recordist and designer turned producer and director, Joaquim Pinto has been a friend, collaborator, and fellow traveler of some of the greatest filmmakers of the past few decades (including Raúl Ruiz, Manoel de Oliveira, and João César Monteiro). His own films, unseen for years even in his native Portugal, are major achievements in their own right—a Portuguese critic recently described him as “the heart of Portuguese cinema for most of the last 30 years.” Deeply personal, combining image and sound in singularly sophisticated ways, Pinto’s work concerns both the cosmic and the carnal—the domain of the sacred as well as of the flesh. This first U.S. retrospective, which coincides with the New York theatrical premiere run of his latest feature, the monumental and moving What Now? Remind Me (a selection of the New York Film Festival), includes most of Pinto’s work as a director to date along with several collaborations that are touchstones in his rich and singular career.

See more for less with a 3+ Film Package! Plus, enjoy Dinner and a Movie throughout the series for just $25—available for all screenings after 5:00pm, excluding What Now? Remind Me.

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The Cannibals

The Cannibals

Manoel de Oliveira | 1988 | 99 mins

A sui generis marriage of opera and cannibalism, this film (on which Pinto worked in the sound department) sets out to turn opera on its head, just as Oliveira had done with theater in earlier films.

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Sunday, August 10

5:30pm

Monday, August 11

7:00pm
City of Pirates

City of Pirates

Raúl Ruiz | 1983 | 111 mins

Funny, frightening, and enigmatic, this rarely screened film by the late Raúl Ruiz is like a cross between Peter Pan and Friday the 13th told with a wildly baroque visual style that suggests both Georges Méliès and Sergio Leone.

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Tuesday, August 12

6:30pm
The New Testament of Jesus Christ According to John

The New Testament of Jesus Christ According to John

Joaquim Pinto | Nuno Leonel | 2013 | 128 mins

One of Portugal’s most prominent 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.

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Saturday, August 09

12:30pm
Rabo de Peixe

Rabo de Peixe

Joaquim Pinto | Nuno Leonel | 2003 | 87 mins

Directors' cut!

A young fisherman struggles to carry on as decisive shifts in the oceans cause problems in his Azorean village, where fishing has long been a tradition and an essential livelihood. Screening with Sol Menor (7m).

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Friday, August 08

5:00pm

Sunday, August 10

8:00pm
Recollections of the Yellow House

Recollections of the Yellow House

João César Monteiro | 1989 | 122 mins

Due to a print traffic issue, this screening has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Pinto produced this landmark of Portuguese cinema, a singularly perverse comedy about a grizzled, depressive bachelor who lives in a seedy boarding house run by a tyrannical landlady.

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Tall Stories

Tall Stories

Joaquim Pinto | 1988 | 91 mins

Virtually unseeable for the last 25 years due to rights issues, Pinto’s beautiful feature-length debut is a coming-of-age tale about unconventional friendships and burgeoning sexuality.

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Friday, August 08

7:00pm

Sunday, August 10

3:30pm
Twin Flames

Twin Flames

Joaquim Pinto | 1992 | 70 mins

A rift opens between two redheaded, firefighting twins as one enters courtship and the other experiences aural hallucinations that can only be remedied through music and, finally, the love of a stranger.

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Saturday, August 09

5:00pm
What Now? Remind Me

What Now? Remind Me

Joaquim Pinto | 2013 | 164 mins

One week exclusive theatrical run!

First-person filmmaking at its most intimate and expansive, Pinto’s latest work emerged from a year in which the director endured an experimental clinical trial for HIV patients. A testament to the joys of a fully lived life, and to the inseparability of art and life.

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Where the Sun Beats

Where the Sun Beats

Joaquim Pinto | 1989 | 88 mins

Pinto’s atmospheric second feature patiently investigates the everyday life and psychosexual vacillations of a woman caught in a web of verboten romance and incestuous desire.

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Saturday, August 09

3:00pm
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