Lecture / Debate

Conversation between a professor of Cinema, a psychiatrist/ film critic and a curator on the iconic Robert Wiene film that inaugurated the German expressionist cinema and which will have predicted the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Weimar Germany.

Abílio Hernandez Cardoso

Retired professor at the University of Coimbra. Ph.D. in English Literature, with the dissertation on James Joyce, From Ithaca to Dublin: Ulysses or the Odyssey of the Word. He taught English Literature and Film History and Aesthetics, and has performed, among others, the following functions: Pro-Rector of Culture, Director of the College of Arts and of the Academic Theatre of Gil Vicente, President of Coimbra National Capital of Culture, and of the Portuguese Association of Cultural Programmers, and Member of the National Commission for the Celebrations of the Centenary of the Cinema. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Moving Image Researchers (AIM).

Nuno Faria

Curator, has worked in the Institute of Contemporary Art (1997-2003) and in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2003-2009). Lived and worked in the Algarve (2007- 2012), where he developed, among other projects, Mobilehome – Nomadic Experimental Independent Art School (Loulé, 2009). Artistic Director of the CIAJG – José de Guimarães International Arts Centre (2013-2019). He was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Museum of the City of Porto. He holds a teaching position at ESAD – Caldas da Rainha School for the Arts and Design.

Daniel Ribas

Researcher, programmer and film writer. Assistant Professor of the School of Arts at the Catholic University of Portugal, he is deputy director of CITAR - Center for Research in Science and Technology of the Arts and editor of the CITAR Journal. He is also programmer for Porto/Post/ Doc: Film & Media Festival – of which he was a member of the Artistic Direction between 2016 and 2018 – and Curtas Vila do Conde. PhD in Cultural Studies from the Universities of Aveiro and Minho, he wrote several articles and book chapters on Portuguese cinema, contemporary cinema and documentary.

António Roma Torres

Film critic in the newspapers Voz Portucalense (1971-1974) and Jornal de Notícias (1975-2001), and film magazine A Grande Ilusão (1984-1996). Currently writes for the Ípsilon supplement of Público. Author of the books “Ano Gulbenkian Cinema Português” (1974), “Cinema, Arte e Ideologia”, anthology (1975), “Cinema Saúde Doença”, coordination (2010), “Tudo o que sempre quis saber sobre Psicodrama (mas nunca ousou perguntar a Woody Allen)” (2018), and the synopses for the documentaries “E Depois de Abril... História do Cinema Português 1974-1984”, by Jorge Paixão Costa (1998), and “Sem Cura – À Saúde de Manoel de Oliveira”, by Saguenail & Regina Guimarães (2011). Author of the theatre plays “O Rei da Áustria” (2014), “Novo Céu” (2014), “César e Cícero” (2016), “Tudo Espantalhos” (2016) and “Escura Primavera” (2018). Psychiatrist, family therapist and psychodrama director. Director of the Clinic of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the São João Hospital Centre (Porto), between 2007 and 2017. Head of the Unit of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the Fernando Pessoa University Hospital. Co-founder of the Portuguese Society of Psychodrama and of the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations (FEPTO), and elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP), between 2001 and 2009.

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