In the Intense Now

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    In the Intense Now

    No Intenso Agora

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    127 min

    • French
    • Portuguese


    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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    • 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
    • Best Documentary - SCAM (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors)
    • Honorable Mention - Santiago IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    João Moreira Salles
    Eduardo Escorel
    Laís Lifschitz
    Rodrigo Leão
    João Moreira Salles

    João Moreira Salles


    Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1962, he studied economics at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. The founder of VideoFilmes production company, he has directed many award-winning documentaries including SANTIAGO which won Best Film at the Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris, the Miami Film Festival and the Alba Film Festival in Italy as well as being recognised as the Best Documentary of the Year by the Brazilian Film Academy. Since 2006 he has published the monthly magazine ‘piauí’ which is devoted to long-form journalism. His latest film, THE INTENSE NOW has recieve astounding reviews and has been screened at the Berlinale IFF and Jerusalem FF.