Directed by João Moreira Salles (Brazil, 2017, 127 min.). Digital. Portuguese with English subtitles.
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. Narrated in the first person, the film unspools four sets of images: footage of the French students’ uprising in May of 1968; images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; shots of the funerals of students, workers, and police officers killed during the events of 1968 in the cities of Paris, Lyon, Prague, and Rio de Janeiro; and the scenes that a tourist—the director’s mother—filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The footage not only reveals the emotions of those captured on film, but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context.
“Reminiscent of the films of Chris Marker … history made poetic.”—Variety
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