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Fragments Between Time and Angels
Fictional Documentary
52'
1997

Sinopsis
Water surrounds us. 
Time is a delimited section of existence.
Angel is a messenger in time.
Fragment is a small portion of anything.
Water surrounds us.

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First-person video essay; a journey through consonant, contrasting fragments, fleetingly taken as a full unit only to be embraced once again as fragments. A shattered journey that welcomes the natural volatility of the pieces that compose it before carving them in stone as they drift into an intangible but undeniable space in the realm of memory.

 

It is someplace in this indefinable stage, between the circumstantial nature of the scenic expanse ("I did not choose Glasgow, I got lost") and the elasticity of time (a brief journey that naturally blends with the course of a lifetime), that Pedro Sena Nunes thrusts himself on a journey through formative-period auteurial impulses and an inner need to give something back to the city that welcomed him - an unlikely articulation that comes to bloom into a video-sketch of an interior symphony; a journey through the intricacies of an organic cityscape that no longer exists, if it ever did.

 

Twenty-one years after its first public exhibition, "Fragments Between Time and Angels" is increasingly bound to be taken as an elusive reflection of a young filmmaker in a poetic/confessional contemplation of several elements that would come to be maximised and more strikingly contextualised throughout his body of work.

 

I was happy to meet the challenge of revisiting this uncommon film in time for the latest screening at Cinemateca Portuguesa - I was to answer a whole series of questions that time had brought up or left pending (removing the inorganic green patina in the colorisation of the film and rethinking the sound passages, amongst other details that came up), always with the self-imposed guideline of bringing in nothing that was fully external to the film in its first iteration. In the process, I discovered what I came to perceive as one of the key works in Pedro Sena Nunes' career and gained a renewed perspective into his creative process that will allow me more of a well-round viewpoint into the present and future projects that we have been developing.
João Dias

 

Fragments Between Time and Angels

+INFO

Direction: Pedro Sena Nunes

Photography Direction: Frank Smith e Duncan Finnegan

Sound: Jim Rusk e Duncan Finnegan

Mounting: Colin Monie
Production: Pépinières European Program – Glasgow Film and Video Workshop – Centro Português de Artes e Ideias
Producer: Aimara Reques

 

Preview (1997): Glasgow Film and Theatre

Revisiting (2018): Cinemateca Portuguesa 

Color video copy, spoken in English with Portuguese subtitles
Recovered copy (2018): João Dias

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Awards:
1º Award - 3º Festival Internacional de Seia (1997);
Great Award - 4º Festival de Vídeo de Viana do Castelo (1998); 
Best Artistic Residency - Pépinières programme 96-98 (Glasgow) - Mention delivered in Torino/Paris (1998)

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