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Cinema and other arts

Pendular. | Foto: Eduardo Amayo

„Pendular“ andVenus – Filly the Lesbian Little Fairy“, films shown as part of the Panorama programme, inhabit the intersection between dance, sculpture and poetry.

In Pendular, a film directed by Julia Murat, the relationship between cinema and other arts is explored on screen through the theme of film itself. The narrative is divided into four parts, reflecting the stages of the relationship between a sculpture and a dancer. The two move to an abandoned industrial warehouse where they both live and work, and orange tape on the floor demarcates their respective spaces. The line on the floor becomes increasingly blurred and is a reflection on the occupation of physical space, as well as a metaphor for the intimate space occupied by the characters. The film works with a physical and emotional tension as the story unfolds, expressed both in the development of the protagonists' work as well as in the sex scenes, whose intensity varies in accordance with the story's four chapters. The materiality of the bodies and sculptures is explored in closed shots in which the viewer's eyes practically touch the surfaces. The cast of Pendular includes the artists Neto Machado and Jorge Alencar, who are real-life members of Dimenti, a collective residency of the Vila Sul programme of the Goethe Institut in Salvador, Brazil.


Venus – Filly the Lesbian Little Fairy is a short animated film in 2D based on the homonym poetry of Hilda Hilst. Directed by Sávio Leite, the erotic short explores the desire and sexual fantasies of the residents of a village (Vila do Troço) who queue up to meet Filly. The short explores the idea of sexual identity by presenting a protagonist who is a lesbian fairy, and who turns into a "beast" at night and has a phallus, leaving a star on anyone she touches. The 2D animation technique, simply sketched designs and scenes featuring warm colours, contribute to the atmosphere of imagination that is conjured up by the short film.