2018 / 120 minutes
©Fatamorgana, 120 min, 2018
Jul 1st, 2020 – 7 pm
Fatamorgana is both a political parody and a speculative comedy, in which historical and contemporary personalities narrate post – World War II global history and geopolitics, through a web of references and direct citations. The undercurrent is one of sense, illusion, and truth.
Hanan—a Muslim cousin of James Joyce’s Molly Bloom—finds herself, not sure how, in Beirut’s Hall of Fame waxwork museum after its closing hours. Like Homer’s most virtuous Penelope, this woman waits for her husband; she appears to have set a date with him, but he has not arrived—where can he be? While waiting, she begins interacting with the wax figures in the museum’s empty rooms, and the figures respond in turn.
Blending and clashing sixteen differing languages, as well as a variety of fiction and nonfiction sources, Fatamorgana is a multidimensional space, a kind of experiment with truth, or a type of fiction that sets up a platform for the collision of multiple fragments, elements, stories, facts.
The transformation of the world is illusory.
The world is to be deciphered.
Exhausted from its autophagy.
The project will remain unfinished.”
Fatamorgana is a multiform project realized between 2016 and 2019. It comprises the theatrical work Fatamorgana (2017), the film ©Fatamorgana (2018–2019), the publication Fatamorgana (2018), the sound installation Affektenlehre (2018), the film What do we talk about when we talk about Fatamorgana (2018), and the publication Fatamorgana (2019).
Fatamorgana (2016–2019) by Salomé Lamas, produced by Lamaland in coproduction with BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Les Films du Bal. With the support of: CCB–CentroCulturaldeBeleḿ,Culturgest–CaixaGeraldeDepośitos,DGArte – Direcçaõ Geral das Artes, Fundacioń Botín; the development support of: CNAP – Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Marra.tein, Ashkal Alwan, 2017 Faliro House | Sundance Institute Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop, Colectivo 84; and the additional support of: Colecção António Cachola, Fundaçaõ Calouste Gulbenkian, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Walla Collective, Íngreme, Alexandra Moura, DB Studios, Hall of Fame, Escola das Artes – Universidade Catoĺ ica Portuguesa, MacDowell Colony, Terratreme, Yaddo, Brown Foundation – Dora Maar House
HD video, 2:39, color/black and white, Dolby 5.1 sound, 120 min, Portugal / France / Lebanon
Commission: Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos
In coproduction with: BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Art, Les Film du Bal
Support: CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos, DGArtes – Direcção Geral das Artes
Development support: CNAP – Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Marra.tein, Ashkal Alwan, 2017 Faliro House | Sundance Institute Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop, Colectivo 84
Additional support: Colecção António Cachola, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Walla Collective, Íngreme, Alexandra Moura, DB Studios, Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Hall of Fame, MacDowell Colony, Terratreme, Yaddo, Fundación Botín
©Fatamorgana (2018–2019) is a film commissioned by Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos. It transposes and transforms the research, text experience and production of the theatrical play Fatamorgana (2017) into a single-screen film, for projected installation. The film takes core elements from the original theatrical production of Fatamorgana (2017) and moves them, and Hanan (Caroline Hatem), into the space of cinema, through a dense interweaving of still and moving images, text (second generation) and sound produced in Lebanon and P
Salomé Lamas (Lisbon) studied cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts in Amsterdam and is a Ph.D candidate in contemporary art studies in Coimbra.
Her work has been screened both in art venues and film festivals such as Berlinale, BAFICI, Museo Arte Reina
Sofia, FIAC, MNAC – Museu do Chiado, DocLisboa, Cinema du Réel, Visions du Réel, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Harvard Film Archive, Museum of Moving Images NY, Jewish Museum NY, Fid Marseille, Arsenal Institut fur film und videokunst, Viennale, Culturgest, CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Hong Kong FF, Museu Serralves, Tate Modern, CPH: DOX, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, Bozar , Tabakalera, ICA London, TBA 21 Foundation, Mostra de São Paulo, CAC Vilnius, MALBA, FAEMA, SESC São Paulo, MAAT, La Biennale di Venezia Architettura, among others.
Lamas was granted several fellowships such as the Gardner Film Study Center Fellowship – Harvard University, Film Study Center-Harvard Fellowship, The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center, Brown Foundation – Dora Maar House, Fundación Botín, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Sundance, Bogliasco Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Camargo Foundation, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD.
She collaborates with Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola. She collaborates with the production company O Som e a Fúria and is represented by Galeria Miguel Nabinho and Kubikgallery.