Joaquim Pinto has been an instrumental figure in Portuguese cinema for over 30 years, whether directing his own films, as producer or sound designer for renowned filmmakers such as Raul Ruiz, Manoel de Oliveira and Joao Cesar Monteiro.
In his newest film, What Now? Remind Me, winner of the Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, Pinto, who has been living with HIV for more than two decades, looks back at his life in cinema, at his friendships and loves, and at the mysteries of art and nature — while undergoing an experimental drug treatment.
Moving freely between past and present, fact and fantasia, What Now? Remind Me is a beautiful portrait of a man looking beyond his own mortality at the world around us.
“Gentle on the eyes but stirring to the mind, What Now? Remind Me is an extraordinary, almost indescribably personal reflection on life, love, suffering and impermanence.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“Pinto turns the pleasures of looking, thinking, remembering—and filming—into reasons for living.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Like Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil (1983) or Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville’s Soft and Hard (1985), the film uses self-inquiry to divine what it means to be alive at this point in history.” – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
“First-person filmmaking at its most intimate and most expansive… This profoundly moving film about living in the shadow of death becomes an all-encompassing meditation on what it means to be alive.” –Dennis Lim, Los Angeles Times