2010. Brazil. Cao Guimarães. 86 min.
International premiere. Introduction with Cao Guimarães
Monday, July 18, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2010. Brazil. Directed by Cao Guimarães. With João Miguel. Guimarães provides a possible answer to poet Paulo Leminski’s question in Catatau (the Finnegans Wake of Brazilian literature): “And what if René Descartes had come to Brazil along with Mauríco de Nassau?” In the film, Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, goes on a tropical journey in a hallucinogen-induced daze, investigating matters of geometry and optics and wrangling with doubts in the face of phenomena beyond reason and logic. There is very little dialogue in this film of informal time travel, except for some voiceovers using texts by Descartes and Leminski. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 86 min.