Fiction, Black And White
Today we will show three Tonacci’s movies, two of them very representative of the Marginal Cinema movement: the short film Blá Blá Blá (1968) and the movie Bang Bang (1971). Between these two films, we will show “Já visto, jamais visto”, 2013 (“Seen, ever seen”), the last film made by director Andrea Tonacci, “…a visual dialogue between the author’s memories and feelings through personal and affectionate images”.
ABOUT BLÁ BLÁ BLÁ
A dictator in a moment of critical national crisis, confronted by riots and guerrillas in the cities and countryside, makes a long speech on television in pursuit of an illusory peace. The farce of the humanistic speech is completely absurd. But reality imposes itself against fiction and he loses control over the whole situation. What’s left for him is a pathetic confession before being taken off the air.
Paulo Gracindo, Nélson Xavier, Irma Alvarez, Marcelo France, Teo Feltrini Neto, Bagu, Eduardo Mamede
Tonacci joined the history of Brazilian cinema, when he launched at the age of 27, in 1971, the cult film Bang Bang at the height of the bloodiest period of the military dictatorship in Brazil. “Aesthetically and politically subversive absolutely in harmony with the debauched and incredible responsiveness of Brazilian cinema of that moment,” said Cleber Eduardo, curator of the exhibition in honor of Tonacci during the Tiradentes Film Festival (BR) in January 2016.
Andrea Tonacci was born in Rome (Italy) in 1944 and emigrated with his family to Brazil when he was 11 years old. He was an important figure of the flow Marginal Cinema, from the late 60s and 70s when he made two short films (Eye for an eye and Bla Bla Bla) and his first feature film Bang Bang, is considered a landmark of the Marginal Cinema. Between 1975 and 2006, Tonacci produced a variety of video material, and usually with and about several Brazilian tribes (Talks in Maranhão, 1977 and Araras, 1980). In 2006, Tonacci made his second feature film: Serras da Desordem (The hills of Disorder). In 2013, his last work: Já visto, visto Jamais (Seen, ever seen) is a visual dialogue between memories of the author on the basis of personal and emotional images.