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Past Perfect


Past Perfect is a film that borrows, transmits and recomposes thoughts: an associative chain of images and an imaginary dialogue across the centuries until today. Where is one permitted to be sad, where does sadness have its place? Filmmaker Jorge Jácome creates a geography of melancholy. ‘Faith and courage make thine own/Gods ne’er lend a helping-hand/’Tis by magic power alone/Thou canst reach the magic land!’, wrote Friedrich Schiller in his poem ‘Sehnsucht’ (‘Longing’) from 1801. Four years later the poet dies and crosses over to the ‘Other’, of which the painter Paul Klee proclaims he is closer to than the supposed ‘Here’. Walter Benjamin carried Klee's ‘Angelus Novus’ with him for many years, even into exile. Later he wrote about the painting: ‘This is how one pictures the angel of history. (…) But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.’

Jorge Jácome

Portugal 2019

Without dialogue

23’ · Colour · 2K DCP

World premiere


Jorge Jácome
Jorge Jácome, Pedro Penim
Jorge Jácome, Marta Simões
Jorge Jácome
Shuko Tekina, Rui Lima, Sérgio Martins
Sound Design
Shugo Tekina, Tiago Matos
Sound Editor
António Porém Pires
Art Director
Wasted Rita
Assistant Director
David Cabecinha


Jorge Jácome

Born in Portugal in 1988, the director studied at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School and at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. In his work he explores the relationships between utopias, melancholy, disappearance and desire. His films have screened at numerous festivals including Toronto, San Sebastián and New York as well as featuring in exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Alongside his work as a filmmaker, he also regularly collaborates in performing arts projects.

Filmography (short films)

2015 A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST 2016 Fiesta Forever 2017 Flores 2019 Past Perfect

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Jorge Jácome

World sales

Portugal Film