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Filmforum presents Change of Life (Mudar de Vida), directed by Paulo Rocha
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Filmforum presents Change of Life (Mudar de Vida), directed by Paulo Rocha
Sunday July 15, 2012, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Change of Life (Mudar de Vida), directed by Paulo Rocha
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.  Available at Brown Paper tickets:

This series has been adapted from a program curated by Haden Guest, director of the Harvard Film Archive. Program notes adapted from notes written by Haden Guest.

Presented in association with the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Please note: The first three programs in this series will be presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive on July 6, 7, and 9.  Please visit their website at for tickets and more information.

CHANGE OF LIFE (Mudar de Vida)
Directed by Paulo Rocha. With Geraldo del Rey, Isabel Ruth, Maria Barroso
Portugal 1966, 35mm, b/w, 90 min. Portuguese with English subtitles.

The second and arguably most important film by Paulo Rocha (b. 1935), one of the central figures of the Novo Cinema, Change of Live is a direct response to Oliveira's Rite of Spring (and, indirectly, to Varda's Pointe Courte) and an important precursor to the radical documentary-shaped fiction of Trás-os-Montes and, much later, the work of Pedro Costa and Miguel Gomes. Captivated by the remote Portuguese fishing village of Furadouro, Rocha chose not to make a traditional documentary but rather to engage the specificities of the people and place through fiction, crafting a melancholy story about a soldier's return to a changing world. Inspired by his experience working with Oliveira on Rite of Spring and The Hunt, Rocha "cast" the local villagers as themselves, interspersed with experienced actors led by the great Isabel Ruth who would go onto become a Oliveira regular and an iconic presence in Costa's Ossos. The poetry of the local vernacular is captured in the textured dialogue written by Reis, who met Rocha through Oliveira. Regardless of the steadily building critical acclaim which followed the release of Change of Life  and despite its controversial depiction of a disillusioned Angola War veteran  Rocha effectively ceased filmmaking until the 1980s.


Little known in the US, António Reis is revered in his native Portugal as a visionary artist whose films and many years as a beloved teacher and mentor exerted an immeasurable influence over the post-Salazar rebirth of Portuguese cinema and the new generation of filmmakers that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. Born in Oporto, Reis found renown first as a poet before meeting the great Manoel de Oliveira who invited Reis to be assistant director on Oliveira's first radical masterpiece, Rite of Spring (1963) working alongside another important collaborator, Paulo Rocha. The pioneering mode of poetic ethnographic cinema which Oliveira and Reis defined guided the four extraordinary works Reis co-directed with his wife, the psychologist Margarida Cordeiro, culminating in Trás-os-Montes, a lyrical search for the very "soul" of Portuguese culture and history in the myths and peasant folklore embodied in Portugal's remote far-north region. Admired by the likes of Joris Ivens, Jean Rouch and Jean-Marie Straub, the films of Reis and Cordeiro invented a poetically liberated and hypnotically cinematographic film language, a style and sensibility that set the course of Portugal's lasting tradition of radical cinema.  

LA Filmforum members received two for one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office!

Special thanks: Haden Guest, director, David PendletonHarvard Film Archive; Pedro Fernandes DuarteRosa Filmes; Alexandra PinhoInstituto Camões; Paulo Cunha AlvesConsul General of Portugal in Boston; José Manuel de Costa, Luis Miguel OliveiraCinemateca Portuguesa; João Pedro Rodrigues; Pedro Costa; Ana Conboy, Sofia SoaresBoston College; Paul Malcolm & Shannon Kellet  UCLA Film & Television Archive; Kelsey Brain; Sílvia das Fadas

Also in the series:

Directed by António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro. With Ilda Almeida, Rosalía Comba, Luis Ferreira.
Portugal 1976, 35mm, color, 111 min. Portuguese with English subtitles

"For me, this film reveals a new cinematographic language."  Jean Rouch
Reis and Cordeiro's undisputable masterpiece exploded the meaning and possibilities of ethnographic cinema with its lyrical exploration of the still resonant myths and legends embodied in the people and landscapes of Portugal's remote Trás-os-Montes region.

Directed by António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro. With Ana Maria Martins Guerra, Manuel Ramalho Eanes, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras
Portugal 1985, 35mm, color, 114 min. Portuguese with English subtitles

More than a decade after their first feature, Reis and Cordeiro returned once more to the Trás-os-Montes region, using the breathtaking landscape as the evocative setting for an intergenerational portrait of family as a variation of the poetically non-linear time explored in their earlier film.

Directed by António Reis
Portugal 1974, 35mm, color, 35 min. Portuguese with English subtitles.

THE SAND ROSE (Rosa de Areia)
Directed by António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro. With Ana Umbelina, Balbina Ferro, Cristina DeJesus
Portugal 1989, 35mm, color, 95 min. Portuguese with English subtitles
Marking a stylistically and philosophically turn away from the earlier features, The Sand Rose is Reis and Cordeiro's most abstract, conceptual and literary work.
Filmforum's screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Metabolic Studio.  Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.  We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Juy 15  Change of Life (Mudar de Vida) by Paulo Rocha
(In Portuguese with English subtitles, 1966, 90 minutes, 35mm)
July 22  Glória by Manuela Viegas (1999, 110 minutes, 35mm)
July 29  The Reach of Resonance, by Steve Elkins
Aug 5  Artist Steve Roden
Aug 12  Sarah Christman, filmmaker from Brooklyn

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2012 is our 37th year
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


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