Imagens de uma cidade perdida

  • 92'
  • USA
  • 2011
Jon Jost looks meticulously. At length. He trusts his skills as a cameraman and he trusts that what he sees and admires will also be admired by others. And if others don’t see it or don’t have the patience, then that’s just how it is. Jost is one of the most unconventional and free-thinking of film makers, radical in his views and approach. He was one of the first film makers of his generation to embrace the possibilities of digital video. It gave him an almost absolute freedom and he has not given up that freedom again.
The shots in Portugal (especially of the Alfama district of Lisbon) date from more than a decade ago (1997-98). Personal circumstances probably made him set aside the material. This is not the place to discuss that. But the pause, be it enforced or not, gave the material an unreal and beautiful patina. That’s how fast the melancholy Portugal of the 'saudade' has disappeared. It’s beautiful that we can still see it here.

Director
Jon Jost
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
USA, Portugal, South Korea
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
92'
Medium
DV cam PAL
International title
Images of a Lost City
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Jon Jost
Sales
Jon Jost
Cinematography
Jon Jost
Editor
Jon Jost
Sound Design
Jon Jost
Music
Amalia, Carlos Paredes
Website
http://www.jonjost.altervista.org/