NEW WORK: MUSIC VIDEO BY LUCA ARGEL
At José Mário Branco’s 77th anniversary, the label company Valentim de Carvalho released, on May 24, "Um disco para José Mário Branco". In this compilation, Luca Argel has his own version of "Queixa das Almas Jovens Censuradas”, which message remains as valid as when it was released in 1971 album "Mudam-se os Tempos, Mudam-se as Vontades”. That’s why Valentim de Carvalho challenged Pixbee to create a music video for Luca Argel’s cover, with images from the September 2012 Manifestation, held in Porto. Still well present in everyone's memory, the protests were attended by hundreds of thousands of people who, from north to south of Portugal, expressed their opposition to the troika and the government of that time.
With several images in archive of the September 2012 Manifestation, Pixbee created the video that translates the intended feeling for Luca Argel’s reinterpretation. As explained by the director Pedro Magano, the point was to "re-shoot the 2012 images with prisms, refract them and create noise", to integrate the musician "in an empty, almost black environment." Then, it was necessary to return to the streets of Porto, "to shoot the faces of several people, and emphasize that the message [of the song] is transversal to all generations”.
"The first memory I have of him [José Mário Branco] is of a political figure, whose integrity and generosity conquered the hearts of the first Portuguese friends I made when I arrived in the city. (...) Therefore, I already had great esteem for him, when I finally listened to his music. And from now on, I will be proud to tell the story, again and again, not about when I saw Zé Mario, but when I sang him." - Luca Argel
Director, Pedro Magano
Producer, Pedro Sá
Photography Director, Pedro Magano
Camera Operator, Jorge Costa
Editor, Zé Pedro
Post-Production, Zé Pedro