|THE CENTRAL REGION|
Direction: Thom Andersen
Production: Curtas Metragens CRL
Shooting format: HD video
Reconversão portrays 17 buildings and projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied usually by his own writings. Souto Moura has the last word: "If there is nothing there, I invent a preexistence."
Technically, Reconversão combines the crudeness of proto-cinema with the hyperrealism of digital cinema, bringing us back to the ideals of Dziga Vertov. Shooting only one or two frames per second and animating the images, in the manner of Muybridge, produces greater resolution, although not necessarily a greater sense of reality, and brings attention to the movements of water and vegetation that generally pass unnoticed."
Thom Andersen has lived in Los Angeles for most of his life. In the 1960s, he made short films, including Melting (1965) and Olivia’s Place (1966). In 1974 he completed Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer, an hour-long documentation of Muybridge’s photographic work. In 1995, with Noël Burch, he completed Red Hollywood, a videotape about the filmwork created by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist. In 2003 he completed Los Angeles Plays Itself, a videotape about the representation of Los Angeles in movies. It won the National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival, and it was voted best documentary of 2004 in the Village Voice Film Critics’ Poll. This film was included in the retrospective Thinking form, in 2007 Punto de Vista film festival. In 2011, Punto de Vista presented in Spain his last film, Get Out of the Car.