Short and simple story: My friend made a painting from a photograph about a manifestation against the economic crisis and I made a film from that painting. Between these two objects lies a path, which began in a casual photograph and ended in a poorly-lit garage. "Where My Friend Made a Painting" is, in order of importance, a short film about a place, a friend, a creative act, a painting and the silence of one manifestation.
Pedro Florêncio has a graduation in cinema at ESTC (Portuguese National Conservatory), a Master in Cinema at FCSH-UNL in Lisbon and a PhD in Performative Arts and the Moving Image at Lisbon University. He directed the shorts "Banana Motherf*ucker" in 2011 and "Where my friend made a painting" in 2014, both of them won several international awards. In 2017 he won the Jury Award at DocLisboa 2017 for the film "À Tarde".
Duration: 5 minutes
Mário Gajo de Carvalho
The initial idea was to intensively focus my gaze on my friend´s gestures, but then I began to realize, through my framings, that it was the space where he painted – the Place – that attracted me the most.
If during the act of filming I became interested in space, in the montage process my attention was caught by what defines a space: time. And the film´s time reproduces the sense of that place through silence. Perhaps instinctively, or perhaps not, we dipped both objects (painting and film) in traces of black ink and low-light shots. In the silence of time we chose to dip.