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E Agora? Lembra-me (What Now? Remind Me)

What Now? Remind Me is Joaquim Pinto’s video scrapbook of a trying year in which the longtime filmmaker turns the camera on himself. After exhausting the treatments available for HIV and Hepatitis C he enrolls in a grueling clinical trial in Madrid. The investigational drug has toxic side effects that at times leave him bedridden and forgetful. Lying down with the camera not far from his face he confesses that he’s in a complete state of inertia; it’s as if he’s become disconnected from his body. Yet, he always finds a way to relate his pain poetically, “It’s hard to breathe, lights and sounds hurt me.”

With old pictures, album covers, newspaper clippings, and book excerpts together with candid footage of the life he shares with his long-time partner — including their sex life, we are drawn deep into his psyche. Close to three hours long it is a visual treatise of human existence, his development as a filmmaker, living with AIDS, politics, mortality, and his fading memories of, “moments written on the wind.”

New York: What Now? Remind Me is playing at Film Society of Lincoln Center from August 8 – 14 and coincides with A Life Less Ordinary: The Films of Joaquim Pinto a retrospective of nine of Pinto’s films running August 8 – 12.

Visit the Film Society of Lincoln Center website for details.

Later Event: August 9