Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  127 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Essayistic
Language:  Portuguese / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color / Black and White
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In the Intense Now

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A meditation on 1968 political uprisings in France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil.

In the Intense Now

Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed—joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay—but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record?

Narrated in first person, the film reflects on that which is revealed by four sets of images: footage of the French students' uprising in May of 1968; the images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; shots of the funerals of students, workers, and police officers killed during the events of 1968 in the cities of Paris, Lyon, Prague, and Rio de Janeiro; and the scenes that a tourist—the director's mother—filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

"One of the 10 best films of Berlin Film Festival! Remarkably resonant and personal."Variety

"A remarkable film, one of the biggest political essays of the contemporary cinema."BAFICI


** Best Soundtrack and Library Award, 2017 Cinema du Reel
** Best Documentary, 2017 Civil Society of Multimedia Authors, France
** Panorama Selection, 2017 Berlinale fFilm Festival
** Official Selection, 2017 It's All True International Documentary Festival
** Official Selection, 2017 Buenos Aires International Film Festival (BAFICI)
** Official Selection, 2017 Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2017 Doc Against Gravity Film Festival Poland
** Official Selection, 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2017 Viennale
** Official Selection, 2017 Lima Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2017 Doclisboa
** Official Selection, 2017 Santiago Internataional Film Festival of Chile
** Official Selection, 2017 Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM)


Main credits

Salles, João Moreira (film director)
Salles, João Moreira (screenwriter)

Other credits

Montagem, Eduardo Escorel, Laís Lifschiftz; musica original, Rodrigo Leão.

Distributor credits

A film by João Moreira Salles

Docuseek2 subjects

Vietnam Era
Asian History
European History

Distributor subjects

Cultural Studies
Eastern Europe
History (World)
Latin America


; "In the Intense Now"; Icarus Films; China; Cultural Revolution; France; Czechoslovakia; Brazil; Soviet Union; revolution; João Moreira Salles;

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