Director: Filipa César, Louis Henderson

Portugal, Brasil, France, 2018, documentary, 35 mins., English, Portuguese with English and Lithuanian subtitles, V

Sunstone has the structure of a collage made up of instances in history and geography that create a loose narrative, relying on the viewer’s capacity of extracting meaning from her own link-making. Sunstone intersects the history of lighthouse building with seemingly timeless laws of physics, being inserted into history through the ownership of the military. It proposes optics as a moving image and pushes it further, suggesting the moving image as an accessible archive owning the potential of narrating a different – yet still militarized – version of its application.

About the directors

Filipa César (1975, Portugal) was educated in art at the Arts Faculties in Porto and Lisbon, the Art Academy in Munich and obtained a Master's degree in Art in Context at the University of Arts in Berlin. César is an artist who is interested in the politics behind the moving image, so there are blurred boundaries between fiction, documentary and experimental film in her work. She lives and works in Berlin. In 2015, her short film Mined Soil had its world premiere at IFFR. Sunstone (2018), also world premiere at IFFR, is her first collaboration with Louis Henderson.

Louis Henderson (1983, United Kingdom) moved from Norwich to London in 2004 to study Film and Video at the London College of Communication. The focus in his work is to address and question our current global condition defined by racist capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. Since 2015 he has been collaborating with the curator, producer, writer and performer Olivier Marboeuf on a variety of projects including talks, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, a play, short films and the production of a feature film.

Section: Strata

Screenplay: Filipa César, Louis Henderson

Dir. of Photography: Filipa César, Louis Henderson

Producer: Olivier Marboeuf, Anze Persin