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BILL MORRISON

 

Bill Morrison is one of the leading exponents of the contemporary experimental cinema. Since the early 90s, Morrison has been working mainly from file and found footage material, reinterpreting old movies in new narratives and reflections on the status of images.

 

In this retrospective, Curtas Vila do Conde presented several short films by the American filmmaker, from the initial "Film of Her" (1996), to "Just Ancient Loops" (2012, screened in the International Competition of 21st Curtas Vila do Conde). The highlight was the screening of "Decasia: The State of Decay", the masterpiece of the author, acclaimed by the critic J. Hoberman ( "the most acclaimed American avant-garde film of the end of the century") and the filmmaker Errol Morris ( "maybe the greatest movie ever made").

 

As movie archaeologist, Morrison recovers the memory of old films, a mixture of fascination and melancholy by the magic of moving images. The music has an important roll in this process, especially composed by different American composers.

 

This retrospective divided between film sessions with short films and " Decasia: The State of Decay " as well as an installation at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, in the context of the exhibition "Film". The filmmaker was in Vila do Conde and conducted a masterclass on his work.