Episode 39: Ela Bittencourt

Bill speaks to film critic and curator Ela Bittencourt about her many pursuits, from programming the Neither/Nor Polish retrospective at True/False Film Fest and the LGBTQ Brazil series at the Museum Of The Moving Image, to writing for publications like Slant and Film Comment and creating the website Lyssaria to call attention to the work of young filmmakers. Other topics include: Polish Cinema in the 1990s, hybrid documentaries, Andrzej Zulawski, the importance of good editors and the childhood experience of playing an extra in an Andrzej Wajda movie.


Visit Ela Bittencourt's website, Lyssaria:

Read Ela Bittencourt in Reverse Shot:

Read Ela Bittencourt on Mubi.com:

Read about the LGBTQ Brazil series:

Read about Ela Bittencourt’s upcoming screening at UnionDocs:

Read Ela Bittencourt on COSMOS: http://www.bkmag.com/2016/02/18/say-goodbye-to-andrzej-zulawski-the-eternal-outsider-of-polish-cinema-at-film-comment-selects/

Watch a panel discussion with Ela Bittencourt, Nick Pinkerton and Adam Nayman at the 2014 True/False Film Fest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJu4RgIuyKY

Read Ela Bittencourt in Artforum:https://www.artforum.com/contributor/ela-bittencourt

Visit the True/False website, where you can download Ela Bittencourt's 2015 monograph on chimeric Polish Cinema of the '70s, '80s and '90s: https://truefalse.org/program/neither-nor

James Laczkowski