• Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz

    Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz

  • Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz

    Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz

  • Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz

    Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz

Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz, to have world premiere at 2014 Rio Film Festival

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posted on 09/30/2014
The new Videobrasil Authors Collection film, Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz, is an authorial, poetical short film about the work of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. The film will be released nationally in October, with premieres in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Ceará

On October 04 (Saturday), at 5.30pm, Instituto Moreira Salles (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will host the premiere of Domingo (Sunday), the new film by Karim Aïnouz, the Ceará-born filmmaker who has directed Praia do Futuro, O Céu de Suely, Madame Satã, among others. Domingo is a short film that adopts an artistic and poetical approach to reflect about potential connections between the works of Danish visual artist Olafur Eliasson and public spaces in the city of São Paulo, exploring the sensory experiences that the combination of these two elements can elicit. The premiere will be part of the official program of the 2014 Rio Film Festival, one of Latin America’s most highly acclaimed film events. Karim Aïnouz, chairman of this year’s Festival jury, will attend the screening. Domingo is the seventh title of the Videobrasil Authors Collection (VAC) series, produced by Associação Cultural Videobrasil in partnership with Sesc São Paulo, which have also commissioned Eder Santos’ first feature film, Deserto Azul [Blue Desert], also set to premiere at the Rio Festival, as part of the mostra Premiere Brasil [Premiere Brazil program]. Eder Santos’ film was shown at a special guests-only session in November 2013, during the 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil. 

Karim Aïnouz and Olafur Eliasson met in 2011, when the Danish artist had his first solo show in Brazil. The exhibition Your Body of Work was held in parallel with the 17th edition of the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, at the São Paulo State Art Gallery (Pinacoteca), Sesc Pompeia, Sesc Belenzinho and public spaces throughout the city. The show featured major works like Waterfall (1998) and Take your time (2008), as well as previously unseen projects created especially for São Paulo, such as Your Empathic City (2011), created in collaboration by the two artists. In the piece commissioned by Videobrasil, Eliasson superimposed colorful lights onto footage taken by Aïnouz of São Paulo’s Minhocão (a major downtown viaduct), creating filters and textures for the video installation shown at Sesc Pompeia’s Galpão.

To Ainöuz, “the path for [the project] was affinity, the potential associations between concepts. Although the film is also about organizing this meeting and my own experiences with Eliasson’s work, it was important to keep both our voices present.” The short film transcends the status of a mere video recording through its freedom of interpretation, the creation of new images, textures colors, and its hinting at new meanings to the relationship between Eliasson’s work, the city of São Paulo and its population.

Domingo will be shown within Rio Film Festival’s Mostra Itinerários Únicos [Unique Itineraries program], featuring films whose main characters are contemporary artists in various styles and media, political figures and other leading names in their respective fields of work. One day after the premiere at Instituto Moreira Salles, on October 05 (Sunday), Domingo will be shown at Rio’s Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, at 4pm, and at the Museum of Art of Rio (MAR), on October 08 (Wednesday), 7pm, followed by a talk with the director.

On October 11, 7pm, the premiere of Domingo will take place in Karim Aïnouz’s native city Fortaleza (Ceará), at Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura. The screening will feature Aïnouz and Solange Farkas, Videobrasil’s founder and director. The day after (October 12), the film will be screened in a special session at Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Ceará, in Centro Dragão do Mar (1st floor), until November 09.

Towards the end of October, Domingo will be featured in the city where it was produced, in a special screening during the São Paulo International Film Festival. The screening will take place in open air at Largo São Francisco, on October 25 (Saturday), 8pm.

VAC at the MAR | screening of films from the series at the Museum of Art of Rio

The films released under the Videobrasil Authors Collection series are intended to afford visibility to the thoughts and work processes of prominent international contemporary artists, from the perspective of guest directors. Documentaries have been released about William Kentridge, Akram Zaatari, Coco Fusco, Rafael França, Chelpa Ferro and Mau Wal (Maurício Dias & Walter Riedweg), directed by Carlos Nader, Wagner Morales, Alex Gabassi, Fabiana Werneck and Marco Del Fiol.

In a unique opportunity for Rio de Janeiro audiences to see the collection, all films will be shown free of charge at the Museum of Art of Rio (MAR), on October 08 and 09, including Karim Aïnouz’s Domingo, which will be screened on October 08 (Wednesday), at 7pm, followed by a conversation with the director (see dates and hours below).

Also in October, a special retrospective on Sesc TV will feature the first six films of the VAC series, from October 13 to December 01 (see schedule on the Sesc São Paulo website – www.sesctv.org.br, in Portuguese).  

Videobrasil | The boundary between cinema and the visual arts

In 2013, Videobrasil celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Festival, a platform that emerged as the first alternative for screening and encouraging video production in Brazil. Since its inception in 1983, the Festival has become established as a forum for language experimentation and paradigm-breaking. From the start, it featured productions connected with experimentation and video art, alongside documentary-like pieces that were closer to cinema, including the early productions of filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (City of God, Blindness), such as Garotos do Subúrbio and Marly Normal, both of which were produced by Olhar Eletrônico in 1983, awarded prizes at the Festival, and incorporated into the Videobrasil Collection.

Over the years, the Festival went international, keeping up with (and often anticipating) the dynamics of contemporary art production, and incorporating electronic art and performance. In 2011, the event embraced all artistic languages. Throughout this entire period, Videobrasil remained a space for exhibiting artworks that straddle the lines between cinema and the visual arts. Hybrid artworks, the outcomes of an expanded cinema, created by artists like Cao Guimarães, Carlos Nader, Kiko Goifman, Wagner Morales and Gabriel Mascaro, among others, have been shown at various editions of the Festival and are now part of the Videobrasil Collection.


Oct 04 (Saturday), 5.30pm – Premiere of Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz – 2014 Rio Festival
Instituto Moreira Salles (world premiere, attended by the director)

Oct 05 (Sunday), 4pm – Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz – 2014 Rio Festival
Banco do Brasil Cultural Center - Rio

Oct 08 (Wednesday) – VAC Show – Museum of Art of Rio (MAR)
4pm - Coco Fusco - I Like Girls in Uniform (2006) | Guest director: Wagner Morales
5.30pm - Chelpa Ferro (2009) | Guest director: Carlos Nader
7pm - Domingo (2014)| Guest director: Karim Aïnouz, followed by a conversation with the director

Oct 09 (Thursday) – VAC Show – Museum of Art of Rio (MAR)
3pm - Akram Zaatari : A Glimpse of One Man’s Vision (2004) | Guest director: Alex Gabassi
4.30pm - Mau Wal – Translated Encounters (2002) | Guest directors: Fabiana Werneck and Marco Del Fiol
6pm - Rafael França, Work as Testament (2001) | Guest directors: Alex Gabassi and Marco Del Fiol
7pm - Certain Doubts of William Kentridge (2000) | Guest director: Alex Gabassi

Oct 11 (Saturday), 7pm – Premiere of Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz – Cinema do Dragão (Ceará)
Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte Cultural | screening featuring Karim Aïnouz and Solange Farkas, Videobrasil’s director

From October 12 to November 09 – Screening of Domingo at Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Ceará
Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura – 1st floor (see museum’s opening hours)

From October 13 to December 01 – special screening: AVC on Sesc TV | www.sesctv.org.br

October 25 (Saturday), 8pm – Première of Domingo, by Karim Aïnouz São Paulo International Film Festival
Largo São Francisco, São Paulo


About Karim Aïnouz:

The Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz has built his career in film with a markedly authorial feature. His productions include the feature films Madame Satã (2001), O Céu de Suely (Suely in the Sky, aka Love for Sale, 2006) Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo (I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You, 2009, co-directed by Marcelo Gomes) and O Abismo Prateado (The Silver Cliff, 2013), plus three short films, a TV series and scriptwriting collaborations for films like Abril Despedaçado (Behind the Sun, 2002, Walter Salles) and Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus (Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures, 2005, again with Marcelo Gomes). His latest feature film, Praia do Futuro, premiered in May 2014 and was a runner-up to the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

About Olafur Eliasson:

Denmark’s Olafur Eliasson is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. His work and research focuses on urban interventions, architectural projects, and reality perception and construction processes. The artist’s works utilize various media such as sculpture, painting, photography, video and installation and have been shown around the world, including at the Venice Biennale, the Tate Modern and the MOMA. In Brazil, three of the artist’s works are on display at Inhotim.