Whereas in Sacro GRA (screened at the last Bafici), past and present converged in a freeway surrounding Rome, Industrial Revolution replicates that beautiful analogy with a river in Northern Portugal. And so, micro-stories sprout downstream, intertwining the course of the Big Story –the one only distance ends up revealing in its multiple facets. Their construction of not one but many distances (the proximity of documentary filmmaking, the poetic distance) is what separates Lobo and Hespanha from other examples of social-themed documentary cinema. There’s a both elliptic and empathic portrait of the struggling Portuguese working class, going through all the productive sectors like a spider web in the wind. It’s an investigation that differs from any didactic view of the way agriculture was replaced by the textile industry, which lead to automatized labor, and resulted in social abandonment and unemployment. It’s a social portrait, yes, but it’s filtered through a ghost-filled, shock editing, and a world of musically industrial sounds. Portugal, the mysterious, belittled by its factories and oligarchs, and enhanced by its constantly expanding cinema. GS
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DA: Tiago Hespanha, Frederico Lobo
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Frederico Lobo was born in Oporto, Portugal, in 1981. He worked as a cinematographer and in the sound department of several documentaries.
Tiago Hespanha studied Architecture and assisted the workshop about documentary filmmaking in Lisboa. He directed, The Gift from Afar (2008) and Guided Tour (2009), among others.