The Cinema Guild Acquires The Last Time I Saw Macao
Posted December 4, 2012 05:13 PM by Webmaster
The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to "The Last Time I Saw Macao," the critically-acclaimed new film from João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) and João Rui Guerra Da Mata. The film will receive a theatrical release in 2013, followed by a home video release.
This stunning amalgam of playful film noir and Chris Marker–like cine-essay from João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata explores the psychic pull of the titular former Portuguese colony. After a spectacular opening scene, in which actress Cindy Scrash lip-synchs, as tigers pace behind her, to Jane Russell's "You Kill Me"—from Josef von Sternberg's Macao (1952), a key reference here—the film shifts to da Mata's off-screen recollections of growing up in this gambling haven in the South China Sea. He's come back to Macao to help a friend who later vanishes—a mystery that begets not only poetic ruminations on time, place, and memory but also magnificent compositions of flora, fauna and cityscapes.
João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon. His feature films are O Fantasma (2000), Odette (2005), To Die Like a Man (2009) and The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012). João Rui Guerra da Mata has co-written with João Pedro Rodrigues the feature film To Die Like a Man (2009). The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012) is his first feature film as director.
The Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films. Upcoming releases include Raul Ruiz' Night Across The Street, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel's Leviathan, Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, Cindy Kleine's Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner and Matias Pineiro's Viola.