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.’
by Jorge Jácome Portugal 2019 Without dialogue 23’ Colour, 2K DCP World premiere

Crew

DirectorJorge Jácome
ScreenplayJorge Jácome, Pedro Penim
CinematographyJorge Jácome, Marta Simões
EditingJorge Jácome
MusicShuko Tekina, Rui Lima, Sérgio Martins
Sound DesignShugo Tekina, Tiago Matos
Sound EditorAntónio Porém Pires
Art DirectorWasted Rita
Assistant DirectorDavid Cabecinha

Produced by

Jorge Jácome

Lissabon, Portugal

+351 96 8176879

World sales

Portugal Film

Lissabon, Portugal

+351 213 466172

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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

Dates

Berlinale Shorts III: Anywhere the wind blows
Feb 10 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Feb 12 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Feb 13 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

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Feb 15 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 150041

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Forum Expanded Berlinale Shorts Mix
Feb 16 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 160061

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