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IN THE INTENSE NOW

João Moreira Salles
Brazil | 2017 | 127 min | Portuguese

IN THE INTENSE NOW
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SYNOPSIS

Directed and narrated by João Moreira Salles, this meditative film essay explores the political revolutions of 1968 which unfolded across four different countries. The documentary includes footage of the student uprising in France, images of the invasion of Czechoslovakia as led by Soviet forces intent on ending the Prague Spring, scenes of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, captured by the director’s own mother as a tourist, and home movies from Salles’ childhood in Brazil, shot during the establishment of the military dictatorship  there. By grouping these national convulsions into one film, the director asks, what was in the air in 1968? Did a spirit of revolution waft across borders &mdash a spirit that could be both light and dark, liberating and tyrannical?

DIRECTOR

  • João Moreira Salles

    João Moreira Salles

    João Moreira Salles was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1962 and studied economics at the city’s Pontifical Catholic University. In 1985, he and his brother Walter Salles founded the production company VideoFilmes, which has produced modern Brazilian classics including Central Station (1998) and City of God (2002). João has previously directed the documentaries America (1989), Blues (1990) and Santiago (2007). Since 2006, he has also published the monthly cultural magazine piauí, which is devoted to long-form journalism.

    Elucidating one of In the Intense Now’s key themes, João says, “It’s interesting to think about the relationship between images and the regimes that beget them. How does one film in a democracy, in an authoritarian regime, or in a totalitarian state?”

Credits

Director/Writer - João Moreira Salles
Production - Videofilmes Produçoes Artisticas Ltda.