Monthly Archives: Agosto 2017

No dia 1 de Setembro (sexta-feira), às 16h00, no Auditório 3 da Torre B da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, vou partilhar com os meus colegas David Pinho Barros e Miguel Patrício um painel na EAJS: 15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies. O painel tem o nome “Chromophobia and Chromophilia in Japanese Cinema”. Todas as informações sobre o mesmo podem ser consultadas aqui.

O título da minha comunicação é “Gesture and Colour in Isao Takahata’s Ghibli”.


There is a distinct difference between the films made by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, the two founding fathers of Studio Ghibli. Looking at the surface of Takahata’s animation style we notice how rarefied his gesture is compared to Miyazaki’s drawings, which are much more lineate and vividly colourful. Takahata works in a very different “economy of style”. He is the one to sustain that “when you’re drawing fast there’s passion. With a carefully finished product that passion gets lost”. Takahata is interested in speed, but he takes much more time finishing a picture than Miyazaki – for instance, he took fourteen years to complete his latest film “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” (2013).

Since “Only Yesterday” (1991), he is enticed by the so-called negative space (Manny Farber) or, as the Japanese called it, “ma”, perfecting a kind of “zero degree” style (Roland Barthes) of animation. His films seem to erupt from white, a colour that represents light (Goethe), but that also conveys the anguish of emptiness. He draws or “adds up” over the “espace anéanti” (Roger Munier): “Le néant n’est que l’excès du réel. Le réel incandescent, brûlant de sa propre réalité, la consumant.” The prevalence of white doesn’t mean that his films are deprived of full-blown and even earthly characters. Quite the opposite: in Takahata’s sublime aesthetics reality glows in so much as fantastic fantasy is put aside.

filmes-do-homem-melgaçoEstou em Melgaço, no Filmes do Homem, para apresentar as seguintes sessões, na Casa da Cultura:

No dia 4 de Agosto (sexta-feira),  às 18h15, The Art of Moving de Liliana Marinho de Sousa. Moderação de conversa com realizadora.

No dia 5 de Agosto (sábado), às 16h45, La Vallée du Sel de Christophe Saber.

No dia 6 de Agosto (domingo), às 16h50, Hidden Photos de Davide Grotta.