2017, 75 minutes
Portugal, U.S., France, Poland
Language: English, French and Portuguese with English subtitles
Presented by: Gabe Klinger
Director: Gabe Klinger
Director Gabe Klinger will be present for Friday 2/9 7:15pm screening and Saturday 2/10 7:15pm screening
Gabe Klinger is a Brazilian-American filmmaker known for his acclaimed
features “Porto” (2016) and “Double Play: James Benning and Richard
Linklater” (2013). He is the recipient of more than a dozen
international awards and honors, including the Venice Film Festival
Lion for Best Documentary on Cinema, the Latin American Critics Award
for Best Film, and the Best Director Prize at the Santiago
International Film Festival in Chile.
Klinger’s films have been theatrically distributed worldwide and
screened at hundreds of major festivals and other events including
SXSW, the Viennale, the San Sebastian Film Festival, the International
Film Festival Rotterdam, and the BFI London Film Festival.
In addition to working as a director, writer, producer, and editor, he
is also a scholar and professor. His writings have been published in
Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, and other journals, and his
book on director Joe Dante is available through Columbia University
Press. He has lectured at Harvard University, the London Film School,
the University of Illinois, the American University in Cairo, and the
Sorbonne in Paris.
Jake (Anton Yelchin) and Mati (Lucie Lucas) are two expats who experience a brief but intimate connection in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto. He’s an American loner exiled from his family. She’s a student from France embroiled in an affair with one of her professors. After spotting each other from a distance at an archeological site and then again at a train station and a café, Jake works up the courage to approach Mati and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy. This romantic encounter is viewed from years later, both characters still haunted by the powerful connection they shared. Using a mix of film stocks and art direction that evokes a bygone era of European cinema, Porto delivers a cinematic form of saudade – a Portuguese word that describes an emotional state of nostalgic longing for a person or place that one has loved.
“A swirling examination of love in all its bittersweet splendor.” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“Ravishingly shot. A film that’s in love with love, in love with cinema.” – Guy Lodge, Variety
“An extraordinary and delicate depiction of a fleeting passion. Touches on the most tender and incisive heights of each crest of the European New Wave.” – Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle
“Yelchin’s acting is superb in its minimalism, expressing sensitivity, yearning and sorrow with subtle intensity.” – Catherine Sedgwick, The Upcoming