Main Trends: Principais tendências do cinema português contemporâneo

João Maria Gomes Ribeiro Mendes

Ana Isabel Candeias Dias Soares

Vítor Reia-Baptista

Jorge Lobato Peres Jácome Martins

Vanessa Sousa Dias

Maria de Fátima Chinita da Mata

Jorge de Sá Gouveia

Luís Alexandre de Jesus Falcão

Marta Simões

Miguel Cipriano

The applied research that characterizes this project intends to analyze, on a systematic basis, the narrative feature films and some examples of documentaries produced in Portugal during the last 20 years by comparing their typology and identity within the context of the main trends of contemporary international cinema.

Is there some kind of agenda-setting, corporate culture or gatekeepers counseling which intervene as experts or advisers in the making of creative scripts? How do authors work, either individually or(if) organized in teams? How to describe their organizational culture and methods, when compared with equivalent choices of their peers (ex. HBO, others)? In contemporary Portugal, is there a dominant typology among the film projects that obtain financial support from Public Institutions (namely ICA, the Public Institute for Cinema and Audiovisual)? What is the level of knowledge and know how (resulting of academic learning or of professional experience) required to be accepted as a screenwriter or as a “script doctor”? What is the relevance of the script of the contemporary feature film, among the other creative skills that are needed to build a project (camera, direction style, art direction, sound design, editing and general post-production), and how does it articulates with them? What criteria allow for the evaluation of a script? — Are the fictional contents of Portuguese feature films and are the contents of Portuguese documentaries, of the last 20 years, related to the main trends and questions of contemporary societies (Portuguese, or other, when observed under an inter-cultural, multicultural point of view)? Is it possible to identify a Portuguese position among the main trends of contemporary cinema?

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