Nas correntes de luz da ria formosa

  • 100'
  • France
  • 1998
A stream of mood shots that Jost made during a stay of several months in the fishing village and resort of Cabanas on the Portuguese Algarve coast. He filmed every day and selected the most interesting material right away. That provided still more than ten hours of selected shots from which a film of just under two hours was carefully composed. The film gives the impression it is made up of moving paintings and, as with some paintings, the colour and light is more important than any possible scene. It is a meditative film that leaves a lot to the spectator's imagination to project his own thoughts on the screen. In this quite abstract film Jost saw it almost as a challenge to do as much as he could to entertain the viewer, so he tried to find the right rhythm and to discover the most intriguing combinations between picture and sound by trial and error.Jost shot the footage in the summer of 1996 with what was thena new digital camera, the Sony DX700. This model was not pursued, probably because of the focussing problems of the lenses. Jost turned this problem to his advantage: he deliberately filmed a lot out of focus, so amplifying the painterly quality of his shots. Jost basically thinks that anything that is remotely like 'ordinary' cinema is a bore. To his mind, there are more interesting forms to appeal to the viewer emotionally and intellectually. This film is a convincing quest for such a form.
Jon Jost
International premiere
Country of production
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Festival Edition
IFFR 1999
DV cam PAL
Jon Jost
Jon Jost
Jon Jost
Jon Jost
Jon Jost
Sound Design
Jon Jost