Bruno Silva performs in Macau the first interactive film from South China

For the first time in Macao, viewers will be involved, in real time, in the narrative of a movie. The first interactive film is being produced  in Macao, where the viewer is also a user, co-author of the work and a protagonist.

The film is called Cadavre Exquis and is authored by Bruno Mendes da Silva, Researcher, Vice-Coordinator of the Center for Research in Arts and Communication (CIAC) and professor at the School of Education and Communication at the University of Algarve (UAlg). The production is in charge of Maria Paula Monteiro, who, as facilitator, also developed an integrated strategy to value the initiative, bringing together the partners of the University of Saint Joseph, the Cultural Institute of Macao and the Creative Macao, perfecting activities which are integrated, fitted and aligned with her strategy.

This is, in the same year, the second bet for Macao, the first being the film about the life and work of Camilo Pessanha, “PeSanIé – The Poet of Macau”, who has already entered the race for festivals.

According to Maria Paula Monteiro, “expanding the space for development,” namely in areas such as Digital Art, Technology and Communication associated with Cinema, in Macao, with the aim of thinking about the use of the exchange of production, artistic producers and scientific knowledge in this specific area, are part of the objective of this initiative”.

The action, supported by the Macao Cultural Institute, includes a Master Class at the University of St. Joseph, open to the community, and brings together a technical and artistic team “made in Macau” of 15 people for the production of the interactive film, at the end of September, and also the strong possibility of competing for the Sound & Image Challenge International Short Film Festival 2018.

For Bruno Mendes da Silva, the mentor of the project and also director of the filme Cadavre Exquis “It is an honor to contribute to scientific education in academic institutions in Macao, which focus on innovative research in the area of ​​artistic and cultural studies, the case of University of St. Joseph. “And on the other hand, I must say that I am very enthusiastic about the production of this film, the first of its kind in Macao. It’s a fantastic challenge for someone who, like me, has worked in this city. ”

According to the director, the film Cadavre Exquis will have 3 versions, the conventional version to screen in theaters, the interactive version that will allow the user to interact and participate in the narrative. And the third version, worked specifically for the international festival of short films in December, the Interactive Installation. “If all goes well and we are accepted, we will put this interactive experience in a tent … and the rest is a surprise,” he  says.

The film, which features the script and the voice-over of Vítor-Reia-Baptista, will compete for international festivals and will be shown in 2019, in Portugal, in various exhibition spaces. The entire project will be available online at the CIAC platform.