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Joaquim Sapinho

“Thinking is a brutal violence.”

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    THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV

    Albert Serra France, 2016

    In all playful seriousness, the master of slow cinema Albert Serra surprised audiences with this homage to the legendary Jean-Pierre Léaud. Seen as an allegory for the mythical actor’s own slow decline, this grandiose piece provides some of the most beautiful Versailles imagery ever seen on screen.

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    LIBERTÉ

    Albert Serra France, 2019

    From Don Quixote to Louis XIV, Albert Serra is notorious for radically reimagining the costume drama, but little will prepare you for this. A gorgeous tableaux of the nocturnal cruising and sexual fantasies of desperate aristocrats, its confrontational form challenges cinematic vulgarity and excess.

    HAIRCUT

    Joaquim Sapinho Portugal, 1995

    It’s quite rare to see a directorial debut as refreshingly authentic as Joaquim Sapinho’s Haircut. Set within the sunny alleys of Lisbon, this beautifully observed drama stands out as a startling impression of Portuguese youth in the 1990s. A superb example of how vital non-actors can be in a film.

    GLÓRIA

    Manuela Viegas Portugal, 1999

    Set in a small town in the countryside, this elusive coming-of-age story portrays a mysterious love story between teenagers, while simultaneously attesting to the slow disintegration of rural Portugal. With its ominous score, the chilling Glória provides goosebumps and piercing social commentary.

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