Portraits: Films by Ute Aurand and Margaret Tait

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The September Mutual Films Session features films by artists who have been collaborators and friends. Berliner filmmaker and curator Ute Aurand (born in 1957), one of the greatest contemporary exponents of experimental cinema in Europe, will come to Brazil for the first time to present two programs of her films (all in their Brazilian premieres) in their original format in 16 mm She will also present a program of short films by the Scottish filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918-1999) – whose work process Aurand knew in depth in the 1990s –, in new high-resolution digital copies that have been shown at festivals and cinematheques around the world in recent years in honor of the centenary of Tait. Aurand and Tait specialized in “portrait films,” or brief, careful poetic studies of people and places close to them. The artists celebrate the here and now in personal works that, while capturing moments, represent a time lapse of years of preparation. The films emphasize an inseparability between living and recording, inviting viewers to share ephemeral yet intense experiences in a radical gesture of intimacy. The film programs in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo include a commented session of Aurand's short films, in which the director will talk to the audience about her method and her vision of cinema.

The Mutual Films Session is curated and produced by Aaron Cutler and Mariana Shellard. Read the full program here (in Brazilian Portuguese).

Programme 1 - Films by Ute Aurand
September 14th, 19h - IMS Paulista
September 17th, 17h - IMS Rio

  • Mary und die Welt (Ute Aurand, Germany, 1995, 15', 16 mm)
  • Renate (Ute Aurand, Germany, 2021, 6', 16 mm)
  • Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft (Ute Aurand, Germany, 1980, 8', 16 mm)
  • Kopfüber im Geäst (Ute Aurand, Germany, 2009, 15', 16 mm)
  • Smooth (Ute Aurand, Germany, 2017, 4', 16 mm)
  • Halbmond für Margaret (Ute Aurand, Germany, 2004, 18', 16 mm)

Programme 2 -  Where I Am Is Here: Films by Margaret Tait
September 15th, 18h - IMS Paulista
September 18th, 19:20h - IMS Rio

  • Three Portrait Sketches (Margaret Tait, UK/Italy, 1951, 10’, 16 mm to DCP)
  • A Portrait of Ga (Margaret Tait, UK, 1952, 5’, 16 mm to DCP)
  • Where I Am Is Here (Margaret Tait, UK, 1964, 35’, 16 mm to DCP)
  • Aerial (Margaret Tait, UK, 1974, 4’, 16 mm to DCP)
  • Colour Poems (Margaret Tait, UK, 1974, 12’, 16 mm to DCP)
  • Tailpiece (Margaret Tait, UK, 1976, 10’, 16 mm to DCP)

Programme 3 - Rushing Green with Horses
September 15th, 20h - IMS Paulista
September 18th, 17:45h - IMS Rio

  • Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995 (Ute Aurand, Germany/UK, 2020, 4’, 16 mm)
  • Rasendes Grün mit Pferden (Ute Aurand, Germany, 2019, 82’, 16 mm)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, September 18, 2022 (All day)



Wednesday, September 14, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, September 18, 2022 (All day)