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João Bénard da Costa – Others Will Love the Things I Loved

João Bénard da Costa – Outros Amarão as Coisas que Eu Amei

Directed by Manuel Mozos
Portugal, 2014
Documentary, Biography


João Bénard da Costa was the head of Cinemateca Portuguesa for eighteen years. I walked down his memory lane and found his love for painting, for churches, for Proust and Musil, for Italy, films, Mozart, and for his friends.

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João Bénard da Costa – Others Will Love the Things I Loved Directed by Manuel Mozos
Heavy on abstract-concept poeticizing, and devoid of names-and-dates explanation, Others Will Love the Things I Have Loved can feel a bit hard to approach, but Mozos nonetheless manages to make the portrait transfixing.
January 07, 2016
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Mozos’s film follows these obsessions with the same wayward attention as Bénard da Costa’s Borgesian prose: elusive and allusive, elegant and melancholy, always in search of a way to explain the inexplicable. In this sense, Mozos seeks out a language to describe cinema’s particular relationship to memory, its status as a space of shared remembrance.
January 04, 2016
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Although the film’s open form doesn’t clarify everything to those not familiar with João Bénard da Costa, it leaves enough mystery to make one curious to learn more about him and especially to be able to read his film critiques. Let this film portrait be an occasion to make more of his work find its way into English.
January 23, 2015
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