Guiné-Bissau/Portugal/Brasil | 2022 | 18 min | Ficção documental | Livre
Direção: Welket Bungué
Roteiro: Welket Bungué, baseado em uma história imaginada por Welket Bungué & Duarte Lima
Fotografia: Welket Bungué
Elenco: Joãozinho da Costa, Aliu Santy, Welket Bungué, Voice Over de Suaila Fonseca Cá
'Calling Cabral' is shaped by Guinean mysticism, the poetics of simultaneity, and the voice of resistance and reflection in Amílcar Cabral. Between the hustle and bustle of a New Year's Eve spent in the Bijagó Islands, and the discovery of a feeling that is renewed with the reunion of people and places, 'Calling Cabral' penetrates the layers of language and behaviour to celebrate the historical and intergenerational complexity that inhabits Guinea-Bissau.
The gaze as a self-writing tool. A window to the world, a possibility of transit. Welket Bungué brings in his works powerful discussions about bodies that circulate and move, and “Memória” brings this issue at its core.
About the director
Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director based in Berlin, a co-founder of Kussa Productions. He holds a degree in Theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He is a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema, the Deutsche Filmakademie, and a member of the European Film Academy since 2021. Its films have been screened on several international film festivals, such as Berlinale, ABFF (US), Africlap (France), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlin), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Rio de Janeiro IFF, and the Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. He also directed the short films 'Mudança' (2021), 'I Am Not Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019), and 'Bastien'(2016) in which he was distinguished with the “Best Actor Award” and “Best First Film Award” by Shortcutz Awards 2017. In 2019 he was awarded with an “Angela Award - On The Move” at the Subtitle Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland), by Richard Cook and Steve Cash. Welket Bungué starred the cast of 'Joaquim', by Marcelo Gomes (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2017), 'Body Electric' (IFFR 2017), 'Kaminey' (2009), by Vishaal Bahardwaj, 'Letters From War' (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2016), by Ivo M. Ferreira. In 2020 Welket won the "MAAT Grand Prize - FUSO Intl. Festival of Video Art of Lisbon" with his film 'Metalheart', also starred Franz Biberkopf in 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Berlinale 2020), directed by Burhan Qurbani, which lead him to a nomination as “Best Male Lead” at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis), and grant him a “Aluminum Horse Prize” for “Best Actor” at the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival. In 2021, he won the 'Cinema Industry Prestige Award' at the 25th RDP Africa - Prestige Award Cerimony (Portugal). Welket is part of the main cast of the new film from David Cronenberg, 'Crimes of the Future', among the actors Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.
About the co-author
Duarte Lima - I was born in the 90's and I live in Lisbon. I have a degree in Cinema from ESTC (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa), in the Editing branch (2015). Since 2012 I have been working on remakes of original creations, short and feature films, and commercials. My roles vary from assistant director, producer, editor and even supervision in post-production. Since 2018, I have worked exclusively as an assistant director for film and advertising. My trajectory also includes work with directors such as Pedro Costa, Miguel Gonçalves Mendes and Sara Vaz ('Merci'). 'Calling Cabral' is the third collaborative project with Welket, having started with 'Mudança' (Berlinale Forum Expanded 2021), and 'Prima ku Lebsi' shot in 2021, which is currently in post-production.