The latest short film from João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata is a dreamy, experimental look at a deactivated fireworks factory in Macao.
Macao, Taipa Island, 2014.
The word “panchão” was first heard in Macao. From the Chinese “pan-tcheong” or “pau-tcheong”, dictionaries define it as a Macanese regionalism also known as “China cracker” or “Chinese rocket”.
Who inhabits the ancient Iec Long Firecracker Factory?
The Iec Long Firecracker Factory was founded in 1923 on the Macanese island of Taipa and operated until the 1970s. Its tragic history counted in-numerous accidents and fatal explosions, which killed many men, women and children. Although abandoned for more than forty years, the ancient factory is the only well preserved survivor of industrial heritage in Macao and is now being restored by Macao’s Cultural Institute, with a view to turning it into a tourist attraction.
João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata have been working together in cinema since 1995. In 1997, Guerra da Mata starred in Rodrigues’ second short, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!. From then on, Guerra da Mata has been art director in all of Rodrigues’ films, as well as assistant director and co-writer of most of his scripts.
In 2007, they decided to co-direct the short film CHINA, CHINA, based on an original idea by Guerra da Mata. This fiction, spoken mostly in Mandarin, was the first approach to a territory that had long interested them: China and East Asia.
After this first short, they co-directed the feature THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO (2012) and the shorts, RED DAWN (2011), MAHJONG (2013) and now IEC LONG (2014), a body of work they like to call their “Asian films”.
516MB | 31 min 26 s | 994×576 | mkv
Subtitles:English hardcoded, French hardcoded