Garage presents the Russian premiere of the new film by Brazilian documentary maker João Moreira Salles. Combining amateur and professional footage, In the Intense Now looks at the political upheaval of the 1960s in China, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, and France.
In 1966 João Moreira Salles’s mother travelled across China during the Cultural Revolution with a 16-mm camera and documented the country and people in the period of political turbulence. Forty years later, her son has combined the footage she brought back with the notes by the Italian writer Alberto Moravia (who also visited Mao’s China) to make a film about her rebellious generation.
From the Cultural Revolution, which excited the European left youth of the decade, the story turns to the 1964 coup in Brazil, the sad ending of the Prague Spring, and student protests of May 1968 in Paris, with a special focus on the leader of the student movement Daniel Cohn-Bendit.
In the Intense Now
Director João Moreira Salles
Brazil, 2017. 127 min.