The residents of a soon to be demolished building have set up a temporary autonomous zone to declare war on a world where utopia and poetry have gone astray. They are a kind of Situationist urban guerilla, spending their days creating havoc at both a material and immaterial level. They recite, declare, dis- cuss, perform and console. A woman is kidnapped, close combat is mimed, pubic hair formed into a mustache. Many of their joyfully nonsensical actions go round in circles, a sign already of their ironic self-reflection: When it comes down to it, they are merely an aesthetic imitation of the slogans, gestures and postures of ʼ60s and ʼ70s political and artistic practice. Ultimately, the residents announce the end of their own avant-garde movement and abandon their building to demolition. With the same pleasure in creating deliberate confusion, this imaginative and wonderfully photographed film experiments with form and content. Riddled with discursive and filmic references, it is fully aware of its own limitations whilst still stridently putting forward the thesis that in each repetition there remains something of the havoc-creating power of the original gesture.
Tiago Mata Machado, born on October 9, 1973, in Belo Horizonte,
Brazil, is a film critic, curator, filmmaker and video artist. He
studied in the Multimedia Department of the Institute of Arts at
the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo.
Press articles from the Berlinale 2011
„Tiago Mata Machado’s The Residents is more like the kind of cinema you expect from Forum: formally challenging, thematically subversive, real cinema (and in 35mm!). In fact, Machado’s film is the only Forum film I saw that suggested something genuinely new, even as it portrayed/dramatized/documented (possibly all three, so fluid and elusive are the sources) a performance art project designed to “kill” art. Machado’s second film is inspired in part by Godard’s La Chinoise and the Situationists, while expressing the dizzying vigor that’s often on view in the non-fiction cinema by younger Brazilian filmmakers.“ www.filmjourney.org
Brasil 2010, Running Time: 120 min., Format: 35mm (shot on HD), Version: Portugese with German subtitles; Scriptwriter and Director: Tiago Mata Machado, Camera: Aloysio Raulino, Andréa C. Scansani, Editor: Joacélio Baptista, Tiago Mata Machado, Art Director: Cinthia Marcelle, Ton: Bruno Vasconcelos, Pedro Aspahan, Music: André Wakko, Juan Rojo, David Lansky, Vanessa Michellis, Cast: Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn, Jeane Doucas, Simone Sales de Alcântara, Dellani Lima, Roberto de Oliveira, Geraldo Peninha, Cassiel Rodrigues, Paulo César Bicalho, Produzent: João Dumans, Tiago Mata Machado