O caso Dora [The Dora Case]

DE 08/04/2016 - 04/06/2016 A


O Caso Dora


Galeria Vermelho presents Dora Longo Bahia’s new feature-length film, O caso Dora [The Dora Case], which is inaugurating the gallery’s new projection room, salaAntonio.
Dora Longo Bahia’s new feature-length film, O caso Dora [The Dora Case] aims to carry out a practical investigation situated on the border between documentary and fiction, taking as its main reference the film-happening by Jean-Luc Godard La Chinoise. The narrative of O caso Dora establishes a distorted mirroring between the happenings of May 1968, in Paris, and the protests of June 2013, in São Paulo.

The title refers to the first case-study published by Freud, in 1905, which until today is considered a paradigmatic text for presenting the central tenets of his theory on hysteria. Taking advantage of the coincidence between the pseudonym assigned by Freud to his hysterical patient and the first name of the director of the film, O caso Dora proposes an autobiographical reflection that also comments on the position of the artist in contemporaneity.
In the film, the main character, Rosa, played by Camila Mota, finds herself in the gap between figuration and abstraction, and her deliriums and rambling thoughts question the hierarchy of truth, evoking the sense of helplessness experienced in contemporaneity. Lacking a language able to articulate her lack of freedom, she discusses about art in a dazed way, immersed in an unreal atmosphere.

The film is constructed on the basis of three interlinked and mutually cross-influencing axes: fiction, documentation and falsification. Each of these instances is organized in two symmetric parts, separated by an interval.
The first level, that of “fiction,” presents a dialog of a hysterical patient with her psychoanalyst and establishes the narrative’s main thread. The scene unfolds within a strange atmosphere, conveying the idea that something fateful and inescapable is about to happen. The psychoanalyst’s voice is heard at a distance, muffled and nearly inaudible. It becomes confused with the voice of the film’s direction, configuring the distant and inextricable position of knowledge and authority.

The second level, that of the “documentary,” is composed by two scenes that place the spectators in a subjective position. The first scene shows a couple involved in a sadomasochistic relation. The fixed camera records the scene like a voyeur. The second scene shows a girl reading a political pamphlet, in an outdoor landscape, in the light of day. The camera sweeps throughout the scene, in a long take, gradually revealing what is taking place. Apart from these two scenes, the level of the “documentary” consists of collages of parts of works by artists, documentaries and filmmakers, which interrupt the narrative like virtual postcards.

The third level, that of “falsification,” consists of appropriated, edited and re-contextualized scenes and interviews, coupled with the restaging of these scenes. It establishes a deformed correspondence with the second level, at the same time that it resembles the level of the “documentary,” repeating it, counterposing itself to it, inverting and subverting it.

The film was produced with a postdoctoral fellowship grant arising from the 2011 Capes Theses Prize. The fellowship was carried out under the orientation of Prof. Dr. Vladimir Safatle, at the College of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences at the Universidade de São Paulo, between 2014 and 2016.
The credits for O caso Dora include photography by Newton Leitão and Rafael Assef; direction assistance by Maya Guizzo; production by Larissa Zylbersztajn; costumes by Marcio Banfi; hair and makeup by Andrea Cassolari and Rafaella Cassolari; original music by Cão; sound editing by Bruno Palazzo and mastering in 5.1 by Ricardo Carioba.

About Sala Antonio
Galeria Vermelho’s projection room, Sala Antonio, aims at presenting artist’s productions which borders filmmaking and the visual arts. These productions require specific conditions for screening, whether due to their length, technical production aspects or narrative format, which would not allow these films to be duly appreciated in a typical exhibition situation. salaAntonio aims at optimizing the viewing experience with comfortable seating arrangements, proper isolation from outside sound and light, improved conditions for visual projection and reproduction of soundtrack, as well as temperature controlled ambient.

Galeria Vermelho has always sought to adapt its spaces to create the ideal conditions for the exhibition of determined types of productions. An example is found in VERBO, the gallery’s performance art festival, which is now in its 12th edition, and for which Galeria Vermelho empties its seven exhibition spaces each year so that the actions can occupy those spaces, transforming them. Likewise, after verifying the intense production of editions and artist’s books executed by artists represented by Galeria Vermelho, the gallery created the Espaço Tijuana publishing house and distributor, which occupies a newsstand in the gallery’s patio.

With Sala Antonio, Galeria Vermelho can offer ideal conditions for the screening and promotion of film productions.

Galeria Vermelho has joined efforts with the companies Epson, Fusionaudio and Artefacto as Sala Antonio’s supporters. Epson, world leader in projectors, supports Sala Antonio with state-of-the-art equipment capable of showcasing the contemporary video production. The Pro Cinema LS 10.000, is a cutting-edge digital laser projector with high definition 4K Enhancement. Fusionaudio is providing Sala Antonio with technical expertise in audiovisual setup, offering a 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound powered by JBL speakers known for the excellent quality of its audio devices. Artefacto furnishes Sala Antonio with a line of elegant lounge furniture developed to be also functional and to ensure great comfort.

FILM: O caso Dora – by Dora Longa Bahia (film screening room)
DURATION: 70 min
OPENING: April 8, 2016, at 8 p.m.
PERIOD: April 8 through June 4, 2016
PLACE: Vermelho / Rua Minas Gerais, 350 / 01244010 – São Paulo – SP – Brazil – tel.: +55 11 3138 1520
WEB: www.galeriavermelho.com.br
Further information: [email protected]