Fronteira Festival announces moving to Brasília and receives 1021 submissions from 47 different countries

Publicado em 29/07/2023

After four editions in Goiás, Fronteira will be held from August 29 to September 3, 2023 in the country's capital.

The Fronteira – International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival received 1021 film submissions from 47 different countries for the Mostra Cineastas na Fronteira, the event's new contemporary program. Of these works, 781 are short films, 240 feature films and 768 films are Brazilian. The aim of the festival is to exhibit titles mostly unpublished in Brazil, which formulate provocative experiences of documentary and experimental cinema. The list of selected films and the full program of the event will be released soon.

The Festival

Fronteira will have its fifth edition at Cine Brasília, from August 29 to September 3, 2023. Since its first edition, it hás been dedicated to the exhibition of films that bet on the need to think the world through cinema, taking into account the reflections and struggles it provokes, as a place of singular experiences among everything that lives and can become na image or phonogram. The aim of the festival is to propose new ways of perceiving and apprehending the world, understanding cinema as na aesthetic and political practice.

For the first time held outside Goiás, this edition takes place after four years marked by a pandemic and a crisis in the cultural industry in Brazil and worldwide. In 2023, Fronteira is a co-production of Júpiter Filmes and Barroca Filmes with support from the DF Culture Support Fund.

The frontier

This fifth edition of the festival reshapes boundaries as it moves from Goiânia to Brasília, following a narrative that takes place from the place of imagination of the territory, the Brazilian Midwest, more specifically the Federal District (DF) and Goiás.

In his book "Fronteira: a degradação do outro nos confins do humano" (Frontier: the degradation of the other in the confines of the human), Brazilian sociologist José de Souza Martins argues that the border is a way of understanding the occupation of Brazilian territory, as well as a form of mediation with the American historical process. Martins' thinking, for Marcela Borela, one of the festival's directors, is in line with the idea that Goiânia and Brasília are considered "New Border Cities", a concept by Luiz Sérgio Duarte da Silva in his work "Brasília: modernity and periphery".

According to Borela, this type of city was built in the "middle of nowhere" as a work of the national state to occupy the territory and modernize the country. "Both are 'planned cities' but with different inventors at different times. Goiânia is the daughter of the 1930 Revolution, imagined and built by Vargas. It is a sign of the defeat of the rural oligarchies of the former capital Goiás Velho, due to the rise of the local liberal bourgeoisie. Brasilia, on the other hand, is both the deepening of the agricultural frontier to the north and the greatest civilization event in the west, with all its colonizing density," says Marcela, bringing the two cities closer together.

New visual identity

In addition to a new home, Fronteira presents a new visual identity. With the desire to imagine the re-foundation of the event, a history of the territory with ants emerges: the simulation of isometric perspective of the building of Cine Brasília, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, taken by them. Signed by the visual artist Ana Flávia Marú, the proposal exposes that "in the heart of Goyaz, the ants were already there, before the project, before Brasília, before Goiânia, they were there, along with the emus, with the candangos rats, with the human beings and other humans who inhabited, dreamed, danced, sang under the earth flayed by the monster's breath". The speech is from Ana Flávia herself, who has worked in various techniques such as painting, drawing, audiovisual, in addition to the appropriation of existing files and objects. Marú is also part of the research and practice group Natural History Goyaz (Goiânia, 2019) and is currently a master's student in the Project and City Program at the Federal University Of Goiás.

Marú tells how she arrived at the final result of heart: "the image I built was formed with sunlight, on the chemical still with a greenish tone. After six minutes under the Goiás sun I washed the paper and the blue appeared, giving contour and sharpness to the ants. The blue that gives contour to the ants is cyanotype, a blue known as Prussian blue".

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V Fronteira - InternationalDocumentaryand Experimental Film Festival 
August 29 toSeptember 3rd, 2023
Cine Brasília, SQS 106, Asa Sul, Distrito Federal