After the Boca do Lixo programme (2012) and his James Benning/Richard Linklater documentary Double Play (2014), a familiar face returns to IFFR as Gabe Klinger presents his debut feature film Porto, a contemplative, warm ode to love. Dusky, mist-shrouded views of the port city provide the backdrop for the lonely American Jake and the light-hearted Frenchwoman Mati’s meeting. A night of recognition, philosophy and physical obsession follows.
Actors Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas shine on screen whilst the film oscillates between meeting, farewell and reunion. That one night passes, but also lasts forever. Superbly crafted, yet cinephile Klinger inconspicuously emphasises the emotions in Porto using the medium itself: the contemplative present is ordinary widescreen, the subjective and personal is narrow, warm 8mm. A saudade-laden soundtrack completes this sad love story. 35mm screening on Sat 28 Jan en Sat 4 Feb

International title
Porto, mon amour
Filmmaker
Gabe Klinger
Country
Portugal, France, USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
76’
Language
English, Portuguese, French
Producer
Rodrigo Areias, Nicholas Rogister de LaMothe, Sonia Buchman, Gabe Klinger, Todd Remis, Julie Snyder
Production Company
Bando à Parte, Gladys Glover Films, Double Play Films
Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Writer
Gabe Klinger, Larry Gross
Cinematography
Wyatt Garfield
Editor
Gabe Klinger, Géraldine Mangenot
Production Design
Ricardo Preto
Sound Design
Pedro Marinho
Cast
Anton Yelchin, Lucie Lucas, Paulo Calatré, Françoise Lebrun
Website
http://www.neweuropefilmsales.com/movies/104