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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata’s A última vez que vi Macau

Gist: Guerra da Mata and Rodrigues have collaborated on two 20-minute shorts in the last five years, and this new film, titled ‘The Last Time I Saw Macau‘ in English, will be their first feature-length project. Here, the two Portuguese filmmakers turn their gaze to Macau, a colony of Portugal until it was handed over to the People’s Republic of China at the end of the 20th century. The film was born as a documentary, but “may end up as an adventure movie”, yet it should still be heavily biographical.

Prediction: João Pedro Rodrigues’ last two films have premiered at Cannes; Two Drifters played in Directors Fortnight, and his breakout To Die Like a Man wowed Un Certain Regard auds three years ago. This film has a good chance of being welcomed to either of these sidebars, but is likely to be too experimental for the Main Competition.

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Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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