Saturday at Flip started with some poetry. At “In Conversation with Leonardo Fróes”, the Rio-based poet and translator showed how life in the countryside is reflected in his creative output. Brought up in Rio, Fróes has lived in New York, Paris and Berlin, worked as a journalist, and owned a bookshop. His move to the town of Secretário in upstate Rio de Janeiro, has transformed his day-to-day routine and, as a result, his poetic works.
One of the most long-awaited tables this year, “From Clarice to Ana C.” brought together Benjamin Moser and Heloisa Buarque de Hollanda, to investigate the similarities and differences between this year’s honoured author, Ana Cristina Cesar, and Clarice Lispector. For Heloisa, one important symmetry between the two lies in the fact that “both had an unshakeable faith in language as a signifier, a belief in language”.
The Dutch writer Arthur Japin and the multimedia artist Guto Lacaz opened Saturday afternoon with a conversation about Alberto Santos-Dumont, whose life and work they have both studied – Arthur, in the form of a book; Guto, in an exhibition. “For me, it’s always someone’s heart that makes them interesting. In Santos-Dumont, I saw a tragic, shy, lonely boy, who didn’t seem to fit into society”, said Japin.
Next, Flip welcomed the Belorussian writer and journalist Svetlana Aleksiévitch, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015. Asked about how to win the confidence of someone being interviewed, she explained that you must emphasize the tone of friendship. “Don’t do an interview. It’s a conversation about life. You have to find the human inside the human being.”
The table entitled “The Hawk and the Phoenix” brought together the Minas Gerais-based writer Maria Esther Maciel and the Englishwoman Helen Macdonald, to talk about humans’ animal nature and how our relationship with animals can help during times of grief. Following the death of her father, Macdonald took up falconry (the art of training falcons) as a way of dealing with her loss. “I knew I couldn’t tame my grief, but I could tame a falcon. So why not do that?”, she explained. Maria Esther Maciel, on the other hand, has explored the existence of different animal languages.
A poem is a text, but it is also a means of reporting it. At the table called “The stage is the page”, moving recitations were provided by the British poet Kate Tempest and the Rio-based poet Ramon Nunes Mello. A poet, rapper and writer, Tempest recited two long poems in her usual powerful performance style and with a unique rhythm in her voice and gesture, receiving a standing ovation from the audience. Nunes Mello dedicated his appearance at Flip to the “two groups being exterminated in Brazil” – homosexuals and Indians. At the end of the night, the duo was applauded long and hard.
Flipinha brought conversations about the spirit of children’s literature to Saturday’s program. The writers Alexandre de Castro Gomes and Ernani Ssó said that they disagreed over whether a children’s book should have a moral during their conversation at the table entitled “Creepy Stories!”, forming part of the Story Circle program. The writer Maurício Meirelles and the illustrator Odilon Moraes, meanwhile, talked about living reality through reading at the Library Marquee. Flipinha also welcomed the authors Ana Luísa Lacombe, Eliane Potiguara and Adriana Carranca.
FlipMais started the Saturday (2/7) with the table entitled “Profissão Repórter – 10 years”, presenting a series of reports from the highly-respected television program, about a commemorative book that has been published. Afterwards, there was a screening of the documentary “Foucault x Foucault”, by François Caillat, followed by a debate with the writer Annita Costa Malufe. The conversation “There’s no light at the foot of the lighthouse” welcomed Danilo Santos de Miranda and Mauro Maldonato. The ‘Zé Kleber’ table this year discussed coastal dwellers’ rights, whilst rounding off the day, the ‘Cinema Nights’ program screened “O último Pistolino”, by director Luís Gustavo Ferraz.
The activities of Central FlipZona focused on editing the material collected during the coverage of Flip. ‘CineZona’ takes place at the ‘Casa da Música’ at 6pm today (3/7), at which the short films produced during the weekend will be screened.