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Archive: Joao Rui Guerra da Mata

New film by Portugese co-directors Joao Pedro Rodrigues and his former art director and co-writer Joao Rui Guerra da Mata (“To Die Like A Man”), who were just recently visiting Berlin in conjunction with the Hands on Fassbinder event. The Film Noir influenced semi-documentary premiered in August at the Locarno Film Festival and follows the the directors on their trip to the former Portuguese colony Macao, where da Mata spent his childhood as the son of a naval officer, before the city’s was handed over to China in 1999. In the trailer, you see parts of the opening sequence of the film, which features Candy (Cindy Scrash from ”To Die Like A Man”) lip-synching to Jane Russell’s “You Kill Me” from Josef Von Sternbergh’s film “Macao” from 1952. I haven’t seen the film yet, so for more information please check out either this info PDF from the Locarno festival, or this entertaing excerpt from a video interview with the two directors shot during the Toronto International Film Festival or this nice review on Film School Rejects. And please don’t forget to read our essay “Magnificent Obession” about the work of Joao Pedro Rodrigues by our contributor Jon Davis.