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Arrested History: New Portuguese Cinema

Saturday, November 16, 2013
8:30 p.m. The Last Time I Saw Macao
João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata (Portugal/France, 2012)

In conversation/João Pedro Rodrigues and Johnny Ray Huston

Johnny Ray Huston is a writer and artist who curates art exhibitions and movie screenings at Alley Cat Books Gallery in San Francisco and contributes to SFMOMA's Open Space blog.

“Not only do Rodrigues and da Mata do for Macao (and Macao) what Chris Marker did for Vertigo and San Francisco—they also work wonders with dogs, docks, and an ongoing poetry of absence.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sight & Sound

(A última vez que vi Macau). Guerra da Mata and Rodrigues refer to their genre-shifting tribute to both multicultural Macao and Josef von Sternberg’s 1952 film Macao as “an investigation disguised as a film noir.” Guerra da Mata’s childhood memories of growing up in the former Portuguese colony intersect with Rodrigues’s recollections of the East drawn from cinematic and literary references, resulting in a stunning essay film.

• With Guerra da Mata, Rodrigues, Cindy Scrash. (85 mins, In Portuguese, Cantonese, and English with English subtitles, Color, Digital video, From Cinema Guild)