Centro Historico (2012/2013)

Centro Historico


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Opened: 07/19/2013 Limited

Anthology NYC07/19/2013 - 07/25/20137 days

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Genre: Portuguese Drama (Portuguese and English w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


This new omnibus film, a remarkably successful example of a famously cursed form, brings together short films by four renowned and legendary filmmakers -- Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa, Victor Erice, and Manoel de Oliveira. Though unified by a common theme -- the producers asked each filmmaker to take their inspiration from the Portuguese city of Guimaraes, the European Cultural Capital for 2012, and in particular to reflect on "the stories the city has to tell" -- these four short films are radically different from each other. Sandwiched between two relatively light films (Kaurismaki's typically dry and delicate TAVERN MAN and de Oliveira's uncharacteristic foray into the explicitly comic, THE CONQUERED CONQUEROR), are Costa's dark, claustrophobic, and deeply disquieting SWEET EXORCIST (starring his perpetual muse, Ventura, and marked by his usual ravishing command of digital video), and Erice's fascinating, beautifully structured documentary study of a shuttered textile factory, BROKEN WINDOWS. As a whole, CENTRO HISTORICO encompasses four unique and varied perspectives on an ancient European city, as well as demonstrating the thrillingly varied range of sensibilities of these visionary filmmakers.

Courtesy Anthology Film Archives