‘Julian’, António da Silva

Julian’ (2012) is an experimental biographical piece about two men – Julian and António – who disconnected themselves from the anxious city, and allowed their spirits to be taken by nature.
It is a slightly voyeuristic love letter about and to Julian – the Swiss man whom the narrator has briefly met in London and, shortly after, invited to a road-trip in Portugal -, from an invisible narrator, António, who seems to be present and around Julian while documenting each step of their journey together, hiding behind the camera to avoiding any kind of interaction with him. The sight of his presence enclosed by the quietness of nature, blending his naked body with the surroundings, the secrecy of the camera that is shooting without permission; this is what drives both the narrator and the viewer to keep looking for more. António feeds us some information about Julian and, while it all sounds a bit disconnected, ultimately we feel as if we want to know more and more  and get closer to his soul by doing so.
‘Julian’’s visual interest also relies on the beautiful and honest filter that the super 8 brings to the already peaceful surroundings.

António da Silva is an artist and filmmaker whose explicit work on homosexual men, which displays a cross between documentary and porn, has been getting more and more acclamation throughout the years – both in gay blogs and international film festivals such as the Berlin Porn Festival and Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival . The broad audience aligned with the fact that all the projects are self-funded, gives him the freedom to focus on whatever he wishes to without any restrictions.

Mates (2011)  follows gay men as they (physically) meet with someone they have only met online to satisfy their most raw sexual needs.
Bankers (2012), a voyeuristic look at the interactions between bankers in a public restroom during their lunch break
Gingers (2013) ), documents the body and thoughts of gay gingers, focusing on their individuality and the fact that they are a minority within a minority

You can follow António da Silva’s work on his tumblr , where you can find excerpts of his short movies and interviews. There is also an interesting interview by Max Kessler, where António da Silva talks about the very thin and blur boundaries between narrative cinema and mature pornographic cinema that his shorts keep crossing.

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