This film will also be shown on Tuesday, May 27 | 8:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Joaquim Pinto, HIV positive since the ’90s, presents a video diary of exquisite insight and tenderness, of love of life and cinema, made during a year of inactivity when he underwent experimental treatment. The stories from Pinto’s archival collections are spliced with the daily goings-on of Pinto’s husband and pets in this funny, intimate family portrait.
Veteran Portuguese film producer and filmmaker Joaquim Pinto shares the experiences of a year’s worth of demanding clinical trials for HIV, a virus that has ravaged his body for years. The treatments’ effects are demonstrated through thoughtful and honest first-person self-portraits, intimate moments shared with Joaquim’s husband, Nuno, and through their daily lives in the Portuguese countryside. Juxtaposing observational shots of the creatures and landscapes he encounters while invoking the painful, debilitating, and deranging effects of his treatments, Pinto encourages viewers to consider the relationship between man and nature, and to evaluate our minds’ abilities to distinguish between ordinary happenings and phenomenal events. What can we achieve by attempting to control the order of nature that looms over us, and is it worth it for us to try and obtain ultimate control over our lives, our bodies, and our minds? Contemplative, artistic, and altogether realistic, What Now? Remind Me encourages us to recognize the everyday sensations of observing, recalling, and thinking as the inspiration to live each day for what it is.
Director Biography Born in Porto, Portugal, in 1957, Joaquim Pinto started his career as a sound mixer and worked with numerous directors such as Manoel de Oliveira, Raul Ruiz and André Techiné. Between 1987 and 1996 he produced several films, such as João César Monteiro’s A Comedia de Deus (1995). In 1988, he directed his first feature, Uma Pedra No Bolso, followed by Onde Bate O Sol (1989); both were selected by the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1992, he made Das Tripas Coracao, which was screened in the Concorso internazionale at Locarno. He also made such documentaries as Surfavela (1996) or Cicade Velha (1999). Together with Nuno Leonel, he owns a publishing house for music and literature.