Santo António

Courtesy of Joao Pedro RodriguesCourtesy of Joao Pedro Rodrigues

This exhibition is in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery of Byerly Hall at 8 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138.

There will be a fellow's presentation by João Pedro Rodrigues at 11:30 a.m. at the Harvard Film Archive on Monday, October 27.

The exhibition opens on October 29 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. From October 30 through December 4, the exhibition will be open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santo António is a four-channel installation based on the Cannes-premiered theatrical version of the short Morning of St. Anthony’s Day (2012) and can be regarded as the “phantom” of its theatrical version.

Its narrative is a fast and tense arc between the urban banality of a Lisbon moment—by the Alvalade Square, where the statue of Saint Anthony stands, youngsters return from the festivities of St. Anthony’s night—and the metaphysical situation of youths moving toward something we cannot perceive.

The editing and the display of the images inside four walls allow for the simultaneous creation of a claustrophobic situation (in which we are surrounded by different fragments of the same space) and of an endless fugue.

João Pedro Rodrigues is a Portuguese filmmaker based in Lisbon. His work explores human desire in all its guises—and disguises—reflecting the multifarious history of film, from classic genres to experimental film and documentary. Rodrigues’s films have premiered and won prizes at the world’s foremost film festivals, and he has had an itinerant retrospective in Japan as well as retrospectives at the Harvard Film Archive and BAMcinématek.