INDIGINATU

An immersive experimental dialogue with the limitations of cinema as a visual and aesthetic discourse. Nature doesn't need translations. But we do, because we are time and space.

  • Welket Bungué
    Director
  • Welket Bungué
    Writer
  • Welket Bungué
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Indiginatu
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • KUSSA Productions
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Welket Bungué

Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director based in Berlin, a co-founder of Kussa Productions. He holds a degree in Theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He is a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema, the Deutsche Filmakademie, and a member of the European Film Academy since 2021. Its films have been screened on several international film festivals, such as Berlinale, ABFF (US), Africlap (France), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlin), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Rio de Janeiro IFF, and the Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. He also directed the short films 'Mudança' (2021), 'I Am Not Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019), and 'Bastien'(2016) in which he was distinguished with the “Best Actor Award” and “Best First Film Award” by Shortcutz Awards 2017. In 2019 he was awarded with an “Angela Award - On The Move” at the Subtitle Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland), by Richard Cook and Steve Cash. Welket Bungué starred the cast of 'Joaquim', by Marcelo Gomes (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2017), 'Body Electric' (IFFR 2017), 'Kaminey' (2009), by Vishaal Bahardwaj, 'Letters From War' (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2016), by Ivo M. Ferreira. In 2020 Welket won the "MAAT Grand Prize - FUSO Intl. Festival of Video Art of Lisbon" with his film 'Metalheart', also starred Franz Biberkopf in 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Berlinale 2020), directed by Burhan Qurbani, which lead him to a nomination as “Best Male Lead” at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis), and grant him a “Aluminum Horse Prize” for “Best Actor” at the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival. In 2021, he won the 'Cinema Industry Prestige Award' at the 25th RDP Africa - Prestige Award Cerimony (Portugal). Welket is part of the main cast of the new film from David Cronenberg, 'Crimes of the Future', among the actors Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.
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Welket Bungué é artista transdisciplinar, de etnia balanta. Considera-se de origem guineense-português, tendo nascido na Guiné-Bissau (região de Xitole) a 7 de Fevereiro de 1988. Reside em Berlim, mas trabalha artisticamente ao nível internacional. É co-fundador da produtora KUSSA, faz locução para entidades internacionais, desenvolve Escrita Dramática, Argumento de Cinema, Performances e Teatro. É licenciado em Teatro no ramo de Atores (ESTC/Lisboa) e pós-graduado em Performance (UniRio/RJ). É Membro Permanente da Academia Portuguesa de Cinema desde 2015, membro da Deutsche Filmakademie desde 2020, e membro associado da Academia Europeia de Cinema desde 2021. Os seus filmes têm circulado internacionalmente por inúmeros festivais de cinema tais como Berlinale, ABFF (EUA), Africlap (França), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlim), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Fest. Intl. de Cinema do Rio de Janeiro ou o Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. Welket realizou as curtas-metragens 'Eu Não Sou Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019) e 'Bastien'(2016) no qual foi distinguido com os prémios “Melhor Ator” e “Melhor Primeira Obra” nos prémios Shortcutz 2017 em Viseu e Ovar respetivamente. Em 2019 foi distinguido com o prémio “Angela Award - On The Road” no Subtitle Festival em Kilkenny, na Irlanda. Em 2020 Welket é o protagonista de 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Comp. Intl. Berlinale 2020), realizado por Burhan Qurbani, em que a sua interpretação lhe valeu uma indicação ao Urso de Prata, uma nomeação como “Melhor Ator Principal” nos prémios LOLA da Academia Alemã de Cinema (Deutscher Filmpreis), e ainda o prémio “Cavalo de Alumínio” para “Melhor Ator” no Festival Internacional de Cinema de Estocolmo. Welket está a terminar a escrita do seu primeiro livro 'Corpo Periférico', um ensaio autobiográfico sobre a produção de cinema de autor com base no conceito homónimo de "cinema de autorrepresentação".

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Director Statement

INDIGINATU film is part of a project made of 4 videos. A film + 3 video loops. "INDIGINATU: free time is nature", is a series of three video loops created by Welket Bungué, as an immersive dialogue in three parts (or repetitions), with the limitations of cinema as a visual and aesthetic discourse. Nature doesn't need translations. But we do, because we are time and space.

INDIGINATU_1 [ https://youtu.be/P1HtOl1BhaY ]
Single Channel LOOP, Immersive Experimental Fiction, 7'47" No Dialogues, Portuguese and English, Colour, 16:9 Digital HD, Brazil/Portugal/GBW 2021

INDIGINATU_2 [ https://youtu.be/7dh7OqdUW9E ]
Single Channel LOOP, Immersive Experimental Fiction, 3'06" No Dialogues, Portuguese and English, Colour, 16:9 Digital HD, Brazil/Portugal/GBW 2021

INDIGINATU_3 [ https://youtu.be/f4g78sqBPiE ]
Single Channel LOOP, Immersive Experimental Fiction, 7'53" No Dialogues, Portuguese and English, Colour, 4:3 Digital HD, Brazil/Portugal/GBW 2021