Direction: Sebastian Meise
Screenplay: Susana Nobre
DoP: Paulo Menezes
Sound: João Gazua
Editors: João Rosas, Susana Nobre
Sound Design: Hugo Leitão
Costume Design: Nádia Henriques
Producer: João Matos - Terratreme Filmes
With: Amindo Martins Rato, Maria Carvalho, Joaquim Veríssimo
2021, 70 min.
16mm, Colour, DCP
Portuguese with German/English/French subtitles
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OT: No Táxi Do Jack
Joaquim is at the end of his working life. According to a deal made with his employer, he will be able to retire after a brief period of unemployment. But first he has to submit a few token job applications to prove that he has tried to find work. His tour takes him to industrial areas in the Portuguese countryside where factories stand idle. There is little work, but everyone needs some sort of employment, provided by government programmes if necessary. It is from here that Joaquim set out in the 70s to try his luck in New York, where he worked as a chauffeur and cab driver and saw the world. New York as a rear projection and autobiographical reference point forms an important theme in the film, which plays beautifully with the boundary between reality and fiction. Joaquim has style and an air of urbanity. Always well-groomed and wearing a flamboyant patterned shirt, he’s reminiscent of American television stars from the 70s when he drives around in his Mercedes Elegance, not least due to the 4:3 aspect ratio. He has played a lot of roles in his life: worker, immigrant, husband and friend. How will he do as a pensioner? It would be a pleasure to hear from him every now and then.
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