Angolan/Portuguese filmmaker João Viana (*1966) is
currently the guest of the DAAD’s Artists in Berlin program. In his two
features, he deals with the effects of colonial history on the
post-colonial present in Africa in a formally idiosyncratic manner. In A
BATALHA DE TABATÔ (The Battle of Tabatô, 2013), a former solder travels
with his daughter to the village where her marriage to a musician is
supposed to take place. The journey through Guinea-Bissau is
overshadowed by demons of the past that haven’t left the old man in
peace since the civil war. OUR MADNESS (2018) also operates with
magnificent visual compositions in black and white and red. A woman from
Mozambique finds her husband and son after fleeing from a psychiatric
institution. Yet both of them disappear again and again, just like the
strange hospital bed airplane and the statue of wire she comes across. A
dreamlike film akin to a trance, with the characteristics of
João will be joined by the esteemed film journalist, Bert Rebhandl, with whom he will have a conversation about his work after the screenings..
Regie: João Viana mit Hanic Corio, Pak Ndjamena, Ernania Rainha • Land: Frankreich/Portugal/Mosambik 2018 • 90 Min • Sprache: OmeU swahili mit englischen Untertiteln.
The Battle of Tabatô
Regie: João Viana mit Mamadu Baio, Fatu Djebaté, Imutar Djebaté • Land: Guinnea-Bissau/Portugal 2013 • 78 Min • Sprache: OmeU mandingo mit englischen Untertiteln.