Amigos Imaginários

Rita Barbosa

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  • World Premiere
AUTHOR(S)
  • Rita Barbosa
DATE
  • November 15th and 16th
  • 9.30 PM
DURATION
  • 70’
LANGUAGE
  • Portuguese
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CLASSIFICATION
  • Over 12
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Synopsis

Amigos Imaginários (Imaginary Friends) is a documentary and a performance, which invites the audience to watch a documentary film during its post-production phase with live addition of sound effects in a Foley studio.* It is a speculation on what cinema can become while exploiting an effect most widely used for construction of believable illusions. The film aims to disillusion the viewer, preventing him from forgetting the unreality and the tricks used to create the magic of cinema, to make them believe that all is true.
An amateur filmmaker and three non-professional Foley artists make a score out of the film. While the gesture of the performers are obsessively seeking to literally reproduce the noises produced by objects and beings in the film, instead they are unmaking the illusion, uncovering the mechanisms used to create a lie. The director uses the opportunity to play with possibilities, experimenting with narratives that goes between the world of small and playful stories to the narrative world created through comments of a restless editor. The nature of images and sounds is based on a collection of documentary and fictional notes contrasting the images created by the documentary and by the performance. As if in a neo-cubist space the truth is released from a perceptive automatism, opening the way to invoking spirits – the imaginary friends.

* Foley is a process of creating sound effects recorded in a Foley studio, where sounds of steps, closing doors, thunderclaps etc. are reproduced by sound designers alongside the film with the purpose of making the scenes appear more realistic.

Technical Sheet

Artistic direction
Rita Barbosa

Sound design
Rui Lima e Sérgio Martins, com a participação de Jonathan Saldanha

Performance
Rui Lima
Sérgio Martins
Daniel Pizamiglio

Production
Henrique Figueiredo

Technical director
Pedro Lima

Stage direction
Helena Ribeiro

Light design
Mário Bessa

Poster and graphic design
Dayana Lucas
Pedro Nora

Photography
Jorge Quintela

1o camera assistant
Miguel Ângelo

2o camera assistant
Bruno Medeiros

Sound
João Pratas
Margarida Pinto

Financial support
Câmara Municipal do Porto
SPA
AGECOP

Support
O Espaço do Tempo
Take It Easy
Planar
Teatro do Bolhão
Circolando
Mala Voadora

Acknowledgments
António Selas
Joana Dilão
Cláudia Santos
Dayana Lucas
Daniel Oliveira
Daniel Ribas
Ana Paula Sousa
Ekaterina Solomina
Janine Lamas
Joaquim Fernandes
Jorge Garcia
José Manuel Castro
Mariana Dixe
Paula Marques
Pedro Nora
Sofia Arriscado

Bio

Rita Barbosa is a director holding a Bachelor’s Degree in the Digital Arts, from the Sound and Image course at UCP (2002). She wrote and directed the short film À Noite Fazem-se Amigos, which had its international premiere at the Locarno Festival, and has been represented as an advertising director by Take It Easy, since 2005. She has collaborated in the creation, visual conception, video and scenography on various projects in the areas of theatre, dance and performance, among which are: Três Dedos Abaixo do Joelho, by Tiago Rodrigues (awarded best theatre show of 2012 by SPA); Sabotagem, by Lígia Soares and Miguel Castro Caldas; and O Esplêndido, by Andresa Soares. She has directed experimental videos such as Get Bent and Pop Fish, shown at exhibitions and festivals such as the Cartier Foundation, Impakt and Courtisane.
15th
November
AMIGOS IMAGINÁRIOS
Rita Barbosa
9.30 PM, Rua das Gaivotas 6
16th
November
AMIGOS IMAGINÁRIOS
Rita Barbosa
9.30 PM, Rua das Gaivotas 6