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The Machine That Kills Bad People: Quiproquo + O Movimento das Coisas
Institute of Contemporary Arts
October 2022
O Movimento das Coisas (The Movement of Things), dir. Manuela Serra, Portugal 1985, DCP, 88 min.


Manuela Serra’s feature length O Movimento das Coisas (The Movement of Things, 1985) and Rose Lowder’s short film Quiproquo (1992) are crafted with an observational eye on landscapes and human interactions with them.

O Movimento das Coisas (The Movement of Things) captures the textures of everyday life in a northern village in Portugal. Three families are depicted  as day passes to night, their relationship to the land captured in slow and unobtrusive detail. Made in 1985 and shown only three times until its restoration in 2021, this screening is the film’s UK premiere.

Shot in and around Bouches du Rhône, France, Quiproquo charts the harsh impact industry has on the natural world. Not to be confused with the Latin quid pro quo, Lowder’s title is a French expression meaning ‘mistake’ or ‘misunderstanding’.

A specially commissioned essay by Teresa Castro accompanies this screening.   
Programme: 

O Movimento das Coisas (The Movement of Things), dir. Manuela Serra, Portugal 1985, DCP, 88 min.

Quiproquo
, dir. Rose Lowder, France 1992, 16mm, 13 min.
The Machine That Kills Bad People is, of course, the cinema – a medium that is so often and so visibly in service of a crushing status quo but which, in the right hands, is a fatal instrument of beauty, contestation, wonder, politics, poetry, new visions, testimonies, histories, dreams. It is also a film club devoted to showing work – ‘mainstream’ and experimental, known and unknown, historical and contemporary – that takes up this task. The group borrowed their name from the Roberto Rossellini film of the same title, and find inspiration in the eclectic juxtapositions of Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16. 
 
The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers. 
 
06:45 pm
Wed, 27 Jul 2022
Cinema 1

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Essay by Teresa Castro