Eduardo Coutinho and Éric Rohmer Retrospectives

The Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival (FICCI) will pay tribute to two important figures in world cinema with two selections that will take us back in time: eight of Coutinho’s best-known productions, a pillar in the documentary world, and a series of six films known as “Six Moral Tales” by the iconic French director Éric Rohmer
Eduardo de Oliveira Coutinho worked as a director, actor, screenwriter, producer and journalist in renowned media outlets such as TV Globo and Jornal do Brasil. His work gave a voice to the people without victimizing them, yet he also managed to enter their lives with honesty and empathy through camera-led interviews that became testimonies of the more humane and sensitive side of people’s lives. Coutinho had a magical ability to gain the trust of others, allowing those that wanted to be heard to find the ideal space and person to do it with. The beauty and deep originality of his work lies in an action that is as simple as a conversation between two people.

Thanks to the partnership with the University of Magdalena, the support of the Brazilian Embassy and the Brazilian production company VideoFilmes, the curation and coordination of Patricia Ruiz Acero and the collaborations of Luis Fernando Bottía and María Campaña Ramia, FICCI 57 will feature eight of this director’s best-known documentaries, celebrating his life and work three years after his passing. This showcase includes: Twenty Years Later (Cabra Marcado para Morrer, 1984), Master, a Building in Copacabana (Edifício Master, 2002), Songs (As Canções, 2011), Moscow (Moscou, 2009) and Last Conversations (Últimas Conversas, 2015) - a work that was finished posthumously by his producer and friend, João Moreira Salles, who will be in Cartagena for his retrospective. The documentary Eduardo Coutinho, October 7th (Eduardo Coutinho, 7 de outubro) will also be featured. In a frank and revealing dialogue, the film’s director, Carlos Nader, puts this documentarist in the same situation he put his own protagonists.

As part of the activities of France-Colombia Year 2017, supported by the Institut Français, UniFrance and the French Embassy, Éric Rohmer’s foundational film series, known as “Six Moral Tales,” will be shown. Fundamental to understanding not only Rohmer’s work but also all modern film, these films stand out for their extensive use of language that bridges the gap between its characters and the world. Through its naturalist appearance, pictorial and literary references trickle through his style, offering a careful exploration of morality and bourgeois idiosyncrasies that clash with desire.

Shaken by the tensions of the Cold War, the fight for Algeria’s independence and social movements such as the student-led protests, the sexual revolution and feminism; 1960-France sets the stage for each of the stories of this series. Rohmer takes on the task of a real-time and critical analysis of history as a new and uncertain symbolic order is introduced.

His retrospective consists of the feature films My Night at Maud’s (Ma Nuit chez Maud), Claire’s Knee (Le Genou de Claire), Love in the Afternoon (L’Amour l’Après-midi) and The Collector (La Collectionneuse), along with the short films The Bakery Girl of Monceau (La Boulangère de Monceau) and Suzanne’s Career (La Carrière de Suzanne).

Eric Rohmer (1920-2010) is remembered for being more politically conservative and esthetically closer to the North American classicism of the New Wave. With a prolific career, “Six Moral Tales” (a ten-year project) led him to gain momentum as a director, making him one of the central figures of European film in the second half of the 20th century.