A Life Less Ordinary: The Films of Joaquim Pinto
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.