In the Intense Now

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In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora)

Directed by João Moreira Salles

  • Brazil 2017; 127 min
  • Original version: Portuguese, French
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Best Documentary Director, one of the 10 Best Brazilian Films in 2017 - Rio de Janeiro Film Critics Association
    • Best Brazilian Director of the Year - Sao Paulo Art Critics Association
    • Best Documentary - Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali
    • Special Prize - Yamagata IDFF
    • Best Soundtrack, Library Award - Cinéma du Réel


Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, In the Intense Now speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed – joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay – but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record?




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