FILMADRID & MUBI: The Video Essay—"Reinaldo's Motifs"

A video essay that plays with the motifs in the films of Portuguese journalist and writer Reinaldo Ferreira.

The Video Essay is a joint project of MUBI and FILMADRID Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that already has its own masters and is becoming increasingly popular. The limits of this discipline are constantly expanding; new essayists are finding innovative ways to study the history of cinema working with images. With this non-competitive section of the festival both MUBI and FILMADRID will offer the platform and visibility the video essay deserves. The seven selected works will be shown during the dates of FILMADRID (June 6 - 15, 2019) on MUBI’s cinema publication, the Notebook. There will also be a free public screening of the selected works during the festival. The selection was made by the programmers of MUBI and FILMADRID.

Reinaldo's Motifs by Ricardo Vieira

In 1927, Reinaldo Ferreira, a well-known journalist and writer who published under the pen name 'Repórter X,' founded the cinema production company Repórter X Film, through which he directed four films that same year. Among them O Táxi no. 9297 and Rita ou Rito?..., where homosexuality, transvestism and drug use feature explicitly in Portuguese cinema for the first time. Reinaldo’s Motifs is an audiovisual essay that plays with a series of recurrent motifs in Reinaldo Ferreira’s cinematic work in a manner that is playful but also unreverential.

En 1927, Reinaldo Ferreira, conocido periodista y escritor que publicó bajo el seudónimo de'Repórter X', fundó la productora cinematográfica Repórter X Film, a través de la cual dirigió cuatro películas ese mismo año. Entre ellos O Táxi no. 9297 y Rita ou Rito…?, donde la homosexualidad, el travestismo y el consumo de drogas aparecen explícitamente en el cine portugués por primera vez. Motivos de Reinaldo es un ensayo audiovisual que juega con una serie de motivos recurrentes en la obra cinematográfica de Reinaldo Ferreira de una manera tan lúdica comoirreverente.

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