André HALLAK (TREM CHIC), Leonardo BARCELOS (Tandera Filmes)
The documentary Present Body puts a spotlight on the body and on the “idea of body”. We focus on the creative process of the performers that raises new discourses that move around and inhabit the contemporary imagination, embracing gender and identity issues, social conflicts, cultural interdicts, science, technology and bioart. The multiple bodies are political bodies that create and propose new universes, pointing to new ways of existing and being in the world. To access the body, the film uses a hybrid aesthetics that is organized in three perspectives: documentary, fiction and performance. It is through the approximation and the confrontation of these perspectives, that Present Body is originated. The traditional mechanisms of documentary will be used: narrating, archive images and interviews with artists and specialists. The choice of the artists took into account the originality of their discourses, their work and theme approach. Trough the regional lives and works of artists from Belo Horizonte, we expanded the local issues to a universal approach. In another perspective, the lm develops its central argument using ction, which takes form through the alter ego of a ctional character, who nds himself in a coma. is character is the lm’s own author and narrator, who, imbued with curiosity about his own body, begins a journey towards answers to his questions. Our character is 40 years old and has been in a coma for seven years. He cannot talk or open his eyes, but his neurological functions are just ne. e narrator uses a casual and informal tone, as the character involves directly with the images and the materials, like the character-narrator of Francofonia, by Aleksandr Sokurov. Other issues appear with the displacement of his own identity, in a more ludic, dramatic and metaphorical tone. He inhabits other artists’ bodies as branches of his alter ego, for there is a constant need to own a body. In a third moment, between hope and fantasy, we chase solutions to a body that imprisons him, bringing to discussion the progress of biotechnology, the cybernetic universe and also the utopia of an existence that is no longer attached to a physical matter or to the corporeal form as we know it. Finally, he accepts the inevitability of death as an experience of his body and of the cycle of life.