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João Viana zu Gast: THE BATTLE OF TABATÔ And OUR MADNESS

  • Wolf Kino 59 Weserstraße Berlin, Berlin, 12045 Germany (map)

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 post-trauma.

João will be joined by the esteemed film journalist, Bert Rebhandl, with whom he will have a conversation about his work after the screenings..

OUR MADNESS
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.