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Four Shorts in Centro Historico Enrich Guimarães, Portugal

Four Shorts in <I>Centro Historico</I> Enrich  Guimar&atilde;es, Portugal

The northern Portugal town of Guimarães might not seem as fitting a subject for a portmanteau film tribute as its more metropolitan brethren (Paris, je t'aime; New York, I Love You; Tokyo!), but what better way to showcase last year's European Capital of Culture than with a rich, artful quartet of shorts mirroring the diverse idiosyncrasies of four significant auteurs.

Predictably deadpan, Finland's Aki Kaurismäki offers a witty, wordless day in the life of a lowly "Tavern Man," starring Ilkka Koivula as a big dreamer with little café-biz savvy. Aggressively formal and likely to alienate anyone without sufficient knowledge of the country's 1974 revolution, Pedro Costa's "Sweet Exorcism" is a sociopolitical ghost story, of sorts, as Colossal Youth's Cape Verdean hero, Ventura, takes a doomsday elevator ride with a life-size toy soldier. Víctor Erice's "Broken Windows" is a sensitive staged-doc portrait of former textile-factory workers recalling to the camera their mostly prideful memories before globalization shuttered the shop.

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Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003

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Region: East Village

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Centro Historico
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, and Manoel de Oliveira
Opens July 19, Anthology Film Archives

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Closing out the omnibus is the world's oldest working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, with "The Conquered Conqueror," a wry analogue to Costa's colonialism study, in which a tour guide shrugs at sightseers who see a statue for its momentary snapshot potential, not its deep history.

 
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