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Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, In the Intense Now speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed – joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay – but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record?

Original title: No Intenso Agora English title: In the Intense Now Country: Brazil Languages: Portuguese, French Production year: 2017 Length: 127' Aspect ratio: 1.85 Sound: 5.1 Frame rate: 24 fps



Director: João Moreira Salles Screenwriters: João Moreira Salles Producer: Maria Carlota Fernandes Bruno Production Company: Videofilmes World sales: Luxbox Editors: Eduardo Escorel, Lais Lifschitz Music: Rodrigo Leão Sound: Denilson Campos


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Rio de Janeiro Film Critics Association
Best Director on Documentary in 2017, One of the 10 Best Brazilian Films in 2017

Sao Paulo Art Critics Association
Best Brazilian Director of the Year

Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali
Best Documentary

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Special Prize

Cinéma du Réel
Best Soundtrack, Library Award

SCAM (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors)
Best Documentary

Santiago International Film Festival
Honorable Mention



Director/ Screenwriter 

Brazilian documentary filmmaker born in 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, he began his career in 1985 when he and his brother Walter Salles founded VideoFilmes, a video and documentary production company. He is particularly known for Santiago (2007), Nelson Freire (2003) and No Intenso Agora (2017).



2017, No Intenso Agora

2006, Santiago

2004, Entreatos

2003, Nelson Freire

2000, O Vale (TV documentary)

1999, Notícias de uma guerra particular

1998, Somos Todos Filhos da Terra (Documentary short)

1998, Futebol (TV series directed with Arthur Fontes)

1990, Blues

1989, América (TV series)

1987, China, o Império do Centro