QUEER MoMENTI at Urania | LEMEBEL, documentary

Joanna Reposi Garibaldi | Chile, Colombia | 2019 | 96'

On shedule: Friday, February 28th 2020 at 8 PM

Writer, Visual Artist and pioneer of the Queer movement in Latin America, Pedro Lemebel shook up conservative Chilean society during Pinochet's' dictatorship in the 1980s. 

Body, blood and fire were protagonists in his work that he attempted to perpetuate in the last eight years of his life in a film he was never able to see finished. 

In an intimate and poetic journey through his risky performances dealing with homosexuality and human rights, this brilliant documentary by Joanna Reposi Garimbaldi portrays the artist's culmination of yearning immortality.

" I met Pedro Lemebel in 1999 while working on a video project dealing with Il Manifiesto, one of his most emblematic texts. It was the beginning of a friendship based on respect that we both shared in our work. After eight years in 2007, we decided to make a documentary about his work and character.

I started recording it in his private, personal spaces. This closeness also allowed me to record his last years of life during which he struggled with a vicious illness, throat cancer, a disease that deprived his voice, and ultimately, unfortunately, life.

Working on the movie, we would spend hours talking about our lives or what made us passionate at that moment, always with a glass of beer and background music. What particularly moved me was Lemebel's humour and clarity.

Being present in his company meant sharing the warmth that this Chilean artist radiated, as well as witnessing a multitude of unpredictable situations. Lemebel's aesthetics prompted me to reinterpret the archive of my life and to create a series of urban interventions in search of cinematic harmony in accordance with his work.

Among the various projects he left unfinished was this film. - Joanna repos Garimbaldi, Director

Subtitles: CRO

Ticket price: 20 kn

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Joanna Reposi Garibaldi (1971) is a Chilean screenwriter, director and visual artist with a Masters degree in Film Art from Goldsmiths College, London. ‘Lemebel’is the director's second feature film, with a reputation as a winner in the Docs in Progress program at the Visions du Réel Festival (2018, Switzerland). The latter made its world premiere at the 2019 Berlinale.

Director and Screenwriter: Joanna Reposi Garibaldi

Executive Producers: Paz Urrutia, Paula Sáenz-Laguna, Joanna Reposi Garibaldi

Producer: Paula Sáenz-Laguna

Co-producer: Señal Colombia

Assistant Director: Lissette Orozco

Director of Photography: Niles Atallah

Sound: Roberto Espinoza

Editor: Titi Viera-Gallo Chadwick

Original music: Camilo Salinas

Archive material: Matías Valdivia

Text: Manuel Maira

Festivals and Awards: Berlin International Film Festival 2019 (winner of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary); Guadalajara International Film Festival 2019; Lima Latin American Film Festival 2019 (Best Documentary Award); Mar del Plata Film Festival 2019; Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2019 (Felix Award Winner: Prêmio Félix for Best Documentary); San Sebastián International Film Festival 2019; Santiago International Film Festival - SANFIC 2019 (Grand Jury Prize winner for Best National Feature Film); Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2019