Santiago

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Santiago

João Moreira Salles
Brasilien, 2007
80min, OmeU

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Santiago

João Moreira Salles
Brasilien, 2007
, 80min, OmeU

Mon
28
Oct 19
13:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
Cast: 
Santiago Badariotti Merlo
Screenplay: 
João Moreira Salles
Sound: 
Jorge Saldanha
Camera: 
Walter Cavalho
Editor: 
Eduardo Escorel
Lívia Serpa

Production: 
Videoflmes Produçoes Artísticas
Format: 
HDCam
Color and Black/White

João Moreira Salles, brother of well-known director Walter Salles and son of a diplomatist and minister, chooses to take up an old project – a cinematic portrait of his butler, a man from the Argentinean countryside who lived for decades with the director’s aristocratic family in a mansion in Rio de Janeiro. This lonely man – slightly effeminate and owner of a portentous memory – was not only fluent in six diferent languages and loved Giotto’s paintings and Wagner’s music, but also devoted his life to writing a 30,000 page universal history of the world’s aristocracy; this bizarre hobby for a servant stands in perfect dialectic opposition to Salles’ attempt to film them. While Santiago’s interventions are of an existential and encyclopedic nature, Salles’ of-screen participations are poetical and philosophical. Santiago is a cinematic wonder, an irreplaceable masterclass in cinema. When the director states (or rather confesses) why he never uses close-ups of his protagonist’s face, the precise meaning of this staging is revealed. Deleuze used to say shots represent the consciousness of a director and no other film I know embodies that abstract, yet palpable statement better than Santiago, which is moving in its warning about how difcult it is to imagine the lives of others. (Roger Koza)

João Moreira Salles: CHINA, O IMPÉRIO DO CENTRO (1987), BLUES (1990), FUTEBOL (1998), NOTÍCIAS DE UMA GUERRA PARTICULAR (1999), NELSON FREIRE (2003), ENTREATOS (2004), NO INTENSO AGORA (2017)