Spell Reel

  • Spell Reel

  • Auteur : FILIPA CESAR
  • Année : 2017
  • Catégorie : DOCUMENTARY
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  • Title of the movie : Spell Reel
  • Assemblage et essay : Filipa César
  • Image and sound 1967-80 : José Bolama, Cobumba, Julinh Camará, Djalma Fettermann, Flora Gomes, Josefina Lopes Crato, Sana na N'Hada, Rudi Spee
  • Image and sound 2012-15 : Suleimane Biai, Filipa César, Marta Leite, Nuno da Luz, Dídio Pestana, Benvindo dos Santos, Aissatu Seidi
  • Additional text and commentary : Anita Fernandez, Flora Gomes, Sana na N'Hada
  • Cinematography : Jenny Lou Ziegel
  • Sound : Dídio Pestana
  • Script et cosmic advisers : Diana McCarty, Mark Waschke
  • Montage adviser : Janina Herhoffer
  • Sound mixing : Nikolas Mühe
  • Color grading : Unai Rosende
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  • Production : Filipa César, Spectre Productions, Filmes do Tejo II
  • With support from : Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, German Films, ICA (Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Producers : Filipa César, Olivier Marboeuf, Maria João Mayer
  • Associate producers : Michel Balagué, Cristina Guerra, Cédric Walter

A collective film assembled by Filipa César

In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruination, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amílcar Cabral, the liberation leader assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes, and many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey where the fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel to look through. Digitised in Berlin, screened and live commented, the archive convokes debates, storytelling, and forecasts. From isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels are now the place from where people search for antidotes for a world in crisis.

S P E L L R E E L - Julio Djaló (teaser) from Filipa César on Vimeo.



27 septembre 2018 - 22:30 BEAST IFF - Cinema Passos Manuel Porto, Portugal


05/2018 - Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
05/2018 - TIDF, Taiwan
04/2018 - Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (TD Bank Group Award)
03/2018 - Cinéma du Réel, Paris (Special Program)
03/2018 - Activism in Doc at Largo, Lisboa, Portugal
02/2018 - Cartagena International Film Festival-FICCI, Colombia
02/2018 - Portland International Film Festival, US (Official selection)
12/2017 - Transcinema Lima, Peru
11/2017 - Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal - RIDM, Canada
11/2017 - Kaunas IFF, Lithuania
11/2017 - Torino Film Festival, international competition (italian premiere)
11/2017 - Porto Post-doc, Portugal
10/2017 - OUFF, Ourense, Spain
10/2017 - Doclisboa, compétition nationale, Portugal (Mention Spéciale du jury de la compétition internationale et prix José Saramago)
10/2017 - BFI London Film Festival, UK
09/2017 - Festival CineMigrante, Argentina
09/2017 - Indie Festival, Brazil
09/2017 - Festival International de San Sebastian, Spain (Mention Spéciale)
04/2017 - BAFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina
03/2017 - iREP, Lagos, Nigeria
02/2017 - Berlinale / Forum, Germany

02/2018 - “Decolonizing Decolonization” at the 18, Marrakech, Morocco
02/2018 - Eye Filmuseum - Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/2017 - Kinemathek, Karlsrühe, Germany
06/2017 - Art Basel, Switzerland
06/2017 - Moma’s screening, New York, USA


Filipa César

Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economies, politics and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. Great part of César's experimental films have been focussed on the spectres of resistance in Portugal’s geo-political past, questioning mechanisms of history production and proposing spaces for performing subjective knowledge. Since 2011, César
has been researching the origins of cinema in Guinea-Bissau, its imaginaries and potencies, developing that research into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (the struggle is not over yet). She was a participant of the research projects Living Archive (2011-13) and Visionary Archive (2013-15) both organised by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin.

César premiered her first feature-length essay-film Spell Reel (2017) at the Forum section of the 67. Berlinale, 2017. Selected exhibitions and screenings have taken place at: 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; Manifesta 8, Cartagena, 2010; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2011–15; Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2012; Khiasma, Paris, 2011–2015; Kunstwerke, Berlin, 2013; SAAVY Contemporary, Berlin 2014–15; Tensta konsthall, Spånga, 2015; Mumok, Vienna, 2016; Contour 8 Biennial, Mechelen and Gasworks, London; MoMA, New York, 2017.

Selected Film Festivals include :
Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2013; Curtas Vila do Conde, 2012-2015; Forum Expanded - Berlinale, 2013 and 2016; IFFR, Rotterdam, 2010, 2013 and 2015; Indie Lisboa, 2010; DocLisboa,2011.

F for Fake (2005)
Rapport (2007)
Le Passeur (2008)
The Four Chambered Heart (2009)
Memograma (2010)
The Embassy (2011)
Cacheu (2012)
Conakry (2013)
Sol Miné (2014)
Transmission from the Liberated Zones (2016)
Spell Reel (2017)
Sunstone (2018)

See also
"Luta ca caba inda" Salle du Jeu de Paume
"Luta ca caba inda" à Arsenal
Entretien "Luta ca caba inda" [La lutte n'est pas finie] au Jeu de Paume
Louis Henderson and Filipa Cesar: Op-Film an Archaeology of Optics**