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‘Cinema em Casa’ shows Portuguese films in Berlin

The ‘Kino Tçu Hause’ initiative, which shows Portuguese or Portuguese-related films, began seven years ago in Berlin when Tiago Cutileiro bought the Aniki-Bóbó DVD.

It is a house just like any other, on the wide avenue Karl-Marx-Alle, built in the 50’s. Just ahead was, for a decade, a statue of Stalin that recalled the importance of that area to the former communist Berlin.

The times of the GDR are remembered by the host of ‘Cinema em Casa’, an initiative that began about seven years ago.

“I had just bought the Aniki-Bóbó DVD from Manoel de Oliveira and had a group of younger Portuguese friends who had never heard of the film and other Germans who had not even heard of the director a friend who bought a projector. Taking advantage of that, we decided to do a movie session here at home, “says Tiago Cutileiro.

The composer and music teacher, living in Berlin for nine years, reveals that the first experience went so well that he decided to repeat it a few weeks later.

“It was in the third session that we realized that we were only passing Portuguese films and we decided that it made sense to be like that, to spend only Portuguese films or that were somehow linked to Portugal,” added Tiago Cutileiro.

There are sessions of long and short films, sometimes with the presence of the directors themselves, as was the case of João Viana, who talked about the movie ‘Our Madness’.

“We are now in a sequence of four films dedicated to our former colonies, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, and two directors, João Viana (who is temporarily residing in Berlin) and Filipa César. We also had Salomé Lamas or Eduardo Brito, for example “, explains the organizer of” Kino Tçu Hause “.

The name of the initiative also has a history, first, it was called ‘Kino Zu Hause’, but Tiago Cutileiro was alerted to a historical reference: “the acronym ‘KZ’ was used by the Nazi concentration and extermination camps.” He decided to take the ‘z’ from the German word, using a ‘very Lusitanian’ script with a ‘t’ and a ‘ç’: “Kino Tçu Hause”.

The shoes are at the entrance, as usual in Germany, as are the coats. Admission is always free.

“Of course there is a Lusitanian side, there must always be a little snack or a ‘little drink’, the Portuguese always need anything to snuggle in. We always make a cake, or have a bottle of wine and tell people to bring them their things, but without any kind of obligation, “says Tiago Cutileiro, between laughs.

The days and hours of the sessions always depend on the organizer and the weather report, “German houses rarely have shutters, and if at five o’clock in the winter it is completely dark at 10 o’clock in the summer, there is still light “, comments the composer and teacher of Portuguese music.

People are invited by email and generally, each session has 15 to 20 people in the audience.

“We unlock one of the walls, we put the sofas on the opposite side, the projector sits on top of a chair, we change the room in half an hour and it’s all done, a reasonable projector and a clean white wall make all the difference. everything very homey. At last, we talk about the movie, about food and about what we want, “describes Tiago Cutileiro.

The promoter of ‘Kino Tçu Hause’ ensures that the project is to continue. There are, on average, 12 sessions per year. There is a blog, named after the initiative, where information about the film, trailers, schedules, and photographs of the participants and the food is posted.

‘Yvone Kane’, by Margarida Cardoso, is the next film to be screened on November 4.

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