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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 21:00
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 18:00
Written by: 
Gabriel Abrantes
Margarida Lucas, Amanda Rodarte, Gilda Nomacce, Ivo Müller, Jeann Segundo, Mateus Rolim Rodrigues, Rafaela Rocha, Patrícia Soso
Jorge Quintela
Margarida Lucas
Marcel Costa, Carlos Abreu
Herma Films, Fundação de Serralves, Bienal de São Paulo, Colección Inelcom
Gabriel Abrantes
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

Among the Yawalapiti tribe in the Amazon Basin, Claude Laroque and a young indigenous woman named Jo research ways in which to convey emotions to robots. Together they teach Coughmann, the robot, a guide for identifying a variety of human emotional states. Coughmann’s intelligence recognises the advantage of remaining polite when failing to understand something and to at least feign comprehension. And: the grasping of the fundamental nature of humour helps one understand another. Coughmann falls in love with Jo. The power of their love overcomes every reboot. In grand pictures, Gabriel Abrantes tells of this love. Life’s great questions cannot be discussed without humour, he quotes Ludwig Wittgenstein and in The Artificial Humors, merges thoughts on anthropology, the indigenous community’s way of life and the idiosyncrasies of artificial intelligence. (Berlinale Shorts presentation)

Gabriel Abrantes

One of BIEFF's favourites, winner of the 2nd Prize with Olympia I & II (2010) and recipient of the Jury Special Mention for Freud and Friends (2016), Gabriel Abrantes (b. 1984 in North Carolina, USA)  currently lives and works in Lisbon. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France. His films explore historical, social and political themes through an investigation of post-colonial, gender and identity questions. His filmography includes Olympia I & II (Co-Director: Katie Widloski, 2006), Obama for President (2008), Too Many Daddies, Mommies and Babies (Co-director: Benjamin Crotty, 2009), A History of Mutual Respect (Co-director: Daniel Schmidt 2010), Liberdade (Co-director: Alexandre Melo 2011), Ornithes (2012), Ennui Ennui (2013), Taprobana (2014), Freud and Friends (2015), The Hunchback (Co-director: Ben Rivers, 2015), A Brief History of Princess X.

Festivals, awards: 
Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards - Berlin International Film Festival 2017
Curatorial comment:
Gabriel Abrantes explores cinematographic language in his production of films and videos – he writes, directs, and produces and often acts in them. He addresses historical, political and social matters while discussing postcolonial, gender and identity issues. His works create layers of unlikely readings by altering traditional narratives and touch upon the absurd, folklore, humour and politics. (32nd Bienal de São Paulo - Incerteza Viva)