Olhe Bem As Montanhas

Look Closely at the Mountains

  • Olhe Bem As Montanhas

  • Auteur : Ana VAZ
  • Année : 2018
  • Catégorie : DOCUMENTARY
  • Fiche Technique

  • Original title : Olhe Bem As Montanhas
  • French title : Regardez Bien les Montagnes
  • International title : Look Closely at the Mountains
  • Crédits

  • Image : Ana Vaz
  • **France Unit** :
  • Sound : Philippe Fabbri
  • Assistant image : Jack Wiener
  • Chargé de production : Guylaine Huet
  • Assistant tournage : Rocco Scaranello
  • **Équipe Brésil** :
  • Son direct : Flora Guerra
  • Chargée de production : Juliana Cury
  • Assistant tournage : Welsey Gomes da Silva
  • Montage : Ana Vaz, Deborah Viegas
  • Création sonore : Nuno da Luz
  • Montage son : Ana Vaz
  • Mixage : Clément Decaudin
  • Colorgrading : Baptiste Évrard

“Look closely at the mountains!”: this imperative came from the artist Manfredo de Souzanetto during Brazil’s years of dictatorship. Mining
activities were destroying the environment in the State of Minas Gerais in the South-West of the country. Through the editing, Ana Vaz draws a parallel between this region and the very distant Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in France, which was also marked by three centuries of mining. On one side, eroded mountains where the inhabitants are plagued by deadly landslides. Hollow and gutted, these mountains have become the receptacles of a ghostly memory. On the other side, in France, the traces of mining activity, at one time covered over, are now being redeveloped under heritage rehabilitation schemes and, paradoxically, the waste stacks have become mountains and reservoirs of biodiversity, where the frontier between nature and technology is now indiscernible. The filmmaker surprises us with each shot. Poetry takes precedence over any activist or environmental discourse – as in the sequence showing scientists measuring bats in the moonlight. The “look closely” steers the film towards details, towards visual and sound material. Yet, it is never disconnected from the political: a shot of the sky taken from the bottom of a ravine is enough to conjure up the ghosts of eradicated indigenous peoples, whose cave paintings nonetheless continue to exist. (Charlotte Garson)

film trailer



14 octobre 2018 - 20:30 BFI Southbank, NFT3 London, UK


10/2018: 62nd BFI London Film Festival, London, UK
03/2018 - Cinéma du Réel, Paris, France

04/2018 - Séance Phantom, MK2 Beaubourg, Paris, France

Ana Vaz (b. 1986, Brasília) is an artist and filmmaker whose films and other expanded works speculate upon the relationships between self and other, myth and history through a cosmology of signs, references and perspectives. Assemblages of found and shot materials, her films combine ethnography and speculation in exploring the frictions and fictions imprinted upon both cultivated and savage environments and their multiple inhabitants. A graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Ana was also a member of SPEAP (SciencesPo School of Political Arts), a project conceived and directed by Bruno Latour. Recent screenings of her work include the New York Film Festival – Projections, TIFF Wavelenghts, CPH:DOX, Videobrasil, Courtisane, Cinéma du Réel and Lux Salon. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of artistic excellence and innovation in her moving-image work.

The Voyage Out (in process)
Olhe Bem As Montanhas, 30 min, 2018
Amerika : Bahia de las flechas, 8 min, 2016
Há terra !, 12 min, 2016
A film, reclaimed, co-directed by Tristan Bera, 19 min, 2015
Occidente, 15 min, 2014
A Idade da Pedra, 11 min, 2013
Les mains, négatives, co-directed by Julien Creuzet, 15 min, 2012
Entre temps, 11 min, 2012
Sacris Pulso, 15 min, 2007