Christiane Jatahy


  • Christiane Jatahy
  • 11th* e 13th of November
  • 7.00 pm
  • *Talk with the director and António Rodrigues, Cinemateca Portuguesa
  • 73’
  • Normal: 4,00€
  • Discounted: 3,50€
  • (standard discounts)
  • M/6


Utopia.doc is a political report about the world we live in today. About migratory movements. About being foreigner or about wanting to leave, to break away – in reality and fiction. About cultural, geographical and human borders. The project came about as part of the research carried out for the performance/film What if They Went to Moscow? And it was produced in 2013 in three big urban centers: Paris, Frankfurt and Sao Paulo. In each of these cities, the project was built from different components, but in all of them the premise was the same: film encounters in the homes of the participants. The participants were selected in different cities through interviews or from letters in which they answered the following questions:
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your story
2. Describe your home.
3. Why do you want to open your home to a stranger?
4. What is your utopia?
5. Is there a somewhere in the world right now where you would like to be?
6. Describe a daydream that you have.
7. Tell us about a dream you’ve had while sleeping.
In the three cities, the film’s participants came from all corners of the globe: Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Congo, Russia, India, Japan, Colombia, England, France, Algeria, Switzerland, Haiti, Germany, Brazil. In Paris, artists created performances in response to the letters and performed them in the homes of the participating immigrants. In Frankfurt, those who responded to the letters were important writers of Brazilian literature, who wrote original texts, which they read in the homes of the people who had written the letters that inspired them. In Sao Paulo, the immigrants themselves responded to the letters of other immigrants. In each place the encounters between people, who saw each other for the first time in one of their houses, generated profound and emotional conversations about personal stories and about today’s world.
The documentary shows this journey through homes, through encounters, through memories and creations, in a kind of utopia of a world without borders.

[Biennial Artist in the City]

Technical Specifications

Created and directed by
Christiane Jatahy

Photography, camera and edition
Paulo Camacho

Sound mixing
Benhur Machado

Production manager
Henrique Mariano

Isabel Teixeira
Julia Bernat
Stella Rabello

SESC - Serviço Social do Comércio
FUNARTE - Fundação Nacional de Artes
Ministério da Cultura
Ministério das relações exteriores
Governo Federal do Brasil
Temps d’Images/DuplaCena

Shot in Paris, Frankfurt and São Paulo in 2013.
Currently, Christiane Jatahy is an associate artist at Le CentQuatre, Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe and of the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Christiane Jatahy

Christiane Jatahy is an author, theatre director and cinematographer. She has a degree in theatre and journalism and a master’s in art and philosophy. Her work has engaged with different fields of art since 2003. In theatre she has written and directed several plays that cross the line between reality and fiction, actor and character, theatre and audio-visual. They are: Studio Apartment, The Absence that Moves us, All Stories are Fiction and Dry Cut. She directed the film The Absence that Moves us, during 13 continuous hours of filming, without cuts, using three hand-held cameras. The material was edited and is now a feature-length film and a cinematographic performance that has been presented at national and international film festivals and which remained in Brazilian box offices for 12 weeks. The film’s raw footage was also shown on three cinema screens for 13 hours in a cinematographic performance at the Parque Lage Art Gallery. In London she directed the project In the Comfort of Your Home, a documentary-video-installation with performances by 30 Brazilian artists in English homes.
She is currently on tour directing Julia, an adaptation of the play Miss Julie, by Strindberg. Julia is a mixture of theatre and live cinema. The play/film was presented at the main European film festivals and was shown at the CentQuatre in 2012. In 2013 she won the Shell Prize for Best Director for this piece.
In 2013, she developed the audiovisual and documentary installation project Utopia.doc, in Paris, Frankfurt and Sao Paulo. In 2014, Space Sesc hosted the première of What if They Went to Moscow?, a play and film simultaneously shown in two different spaces, based on The Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov. In 2015, in Brazil, she won the Shell Questão de Critica and APTR prizes for this piece. What if They Went to Moscow? is still touring festivals in Europe and the United States and was in the box office of the Teatro La Colline for three weeks.
In 2016, concluding the trilogy that began with Julia, Christiane Jatahy produced The Walking Forest, a free adaptation of Macbeth, that combines documentary, performance and live cinema. In 2017, at the invitation of the Comédie-Française, she produced the piece The Rules of the Game, based on the film by Jean Renoir, for the Salle Richelieu. The same year, in Germany, she produced the Moving People project, which talks about immigrants, refugees and the current capitalist system, and In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, a play by Bernard-Marie Koltes, at the invitation of the Thalia Theatre. Currently, Christiane Jatahy is an associate artist of the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe, the CentQuatre and the Théâtre Nâtional Wallonie-Bruxelles.
International festivals which she has participated in include: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Wiener Festwochen, Zurcher Theater Spektakel, Temps d’Images – CentQuatre Paris, Holland Festival, Venice Biennale, Rotterdam de Keuze Festival, Noordezon Festival, Mousonturm, Hau Hebbel Berlin, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Festival Automne en Normandie, Miadi Levi Slovenia, On the Boards – Seattle, Red Cats – Los Angeles, Temporada Alta Girona, Alkantara Festival Lisboa, Centro Dramático Nacional – Madrid, Thalia Theater – Hamburg, Tempo Festival, Cena Contemporânea Brasília, Fiac Salvador, Porto Alegre em Cena, MIT São Paulo.
Christiane Jatahy
7.00 pm, CAL
Normal Ticket: 4,00€; Discounted Ticket: 3,50€
210 998 295
Christiane Jatahy
7.00 pm, CAL
Normal Ticket: 4,00€; Discounted Ticket: 3,50€
210 998 295