Imagens de uma cidade perdida is a portrait of an old area of Lisbon, primarily the Alfama, but also other central areas - Castello Sao Jorge, Graca, Bairro Alto, and elsewhere. It was shot in 1997-98, over the span of more than a year. Like those places, its pace is languid and it wears the sense of saudade which defines Lisboa and Portugal.
As does life in Lisboa, this film demands patience and acceptance.
(Wikipedia: Saudade - "which describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for something or someone that one was fond of and which is lost. It often carries a fatalist tone and a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might really never return")
2011 | Digital Video | Color | Sound | 92 minutes
Camera, edit, and concept : Jon Jost
Music: Amalia, Jose Fonseca, Carlos Paredes
Shown at: Rotterdam Film Festival, 2011; STIFF (Seattle Truly Independent FF); Vancouver Cinevolution Festival.
Invited at the Yamagata Film Festival in October