E Agora? Lembra-me (What now? Remind Me)
A poetic reflection on time and memory, on epidemics and globalisation, on survival beyond all expectations, on dissent and absolute love.
First-person filmmaking at its most intimate and expansive, Joaquim Pinto’s What now? Remind Me emerged from a year in which the director — documentarian, producer, sound designer, and Lisbon film scene stalwart — endured an experimental clinical trial for HIV patients. Although the film doesn’t flinch at describing the pain and despair of chronic illness, it remains above all a testament to the joys of a fully lived life, and to the inseparability of art and life. Darting between vivid scenes of the present and bittersweet recollections of the past, What now? reveals Pinto’s day-to-day existence with his beloved husband Nuno and reaches back to his artistic coming of age, capturing a love of cinema that led to a wide network of friendships and collaborations. Confessional but never solipsistic, looking beyond individual experience toward history and the world, this moving film becomes an all-encompassing meditation on what it means to be alive.