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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Pont De Varsovia

Fortnight 1990, Feature film, 1H30

Synopsis

Starting from a three-line argument, I wanted to tell an open and suggesive story : fate, an unpredictable accident interrupts the course of the story. From this point, and willing to replace the speech by pictures, I made «Pont de Varsovia». I wished to infringe the excessively strict lines – inherited from literature – that govern filmmaking. I wished to tackle cinema with its very own language, a language which can not be expressed through speech or writing; I played with the thought there were other possible ways of being and seeing in cinema. I wanted to take painting and music as reference points, to use them instead of serving them. This process started before writing the screenplay, when my first idea showed up, like an ink spot on a blank page – which recalls a movies screen : the body of a man in a sky-diver’s suit is found in a forest. This is how «Pont de Varsovia» started. From this point, we let ourselves be guided by the pleasure of adventure – which is actually the feeling the finished film should convey.

Director

Pere Portabella

ere Portabella i Ràfols (born 11 November 1929 in Barcelona, Catalonia) is a Catalan experimental filmmaker, artist and politician. He first achieved notoriety as the producer of Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana; his connection with the controversial film caused him trouble with the Francoist government, which eventually lead to his passport being taken away. Portabella has completed 10 features to date, the most recent being 2007’s Die Stille vor Bach. He frequently collaborates with composer Carles Santos.

Carme Elias
Jordi Dauder
José Maria Pou
Ona Planas
Paco Guijar

Screenplay
Pere Portabella, Octavie Pellissa, Carles Santos

Image
Tomas Pladevall

Sound
Ricard Casals

Editing
Marisa Aguinaga

Music
Carles Santos

Set decoration
Pep Duran

Production : Films 59 à Barcelona Vente à l’étranger : RTVE à Madrid

Title in Original Version : Pont de Varsovie