By Sofia Jesus

The final countdown has begun. Macau’s Cinemathéque — Passion will finally open tomorrow as a regular independent cinema house, starting what I hope will be years of joy for all cinema lovers in Macau.

CUT Ltd, of which local filmmaker Albert Chu is one of the owners, won the public bid to run the space. The company was created by cultural organization Associação Audio-Visual CUT to join the bid. We’re talking about some of the same people involved in the organization of the 1st Macao International Documentary Film Festival, last year, just to mention an example. This said, I can’t help believing the space is in good hands.

I’m looking forward to the daily screenings of non-commercial films — except on Mondays, when the cinemathéque will be closed — as well as to the monthly thematic film cycles, such as the Director-in-Focus programme, according to a note by Macau’s Cultural Affairs Bureau. Discover Macao: Local Indies Revisited, to be held two weekends per month, is another initiative at cinemathéque I’m quite interested in attending.

But there’s even more to enjoy. As Albert Chu told mART here last month, talks, workshops and film-in-residence programmes are also part of the company’s three-year plan for Cinemathéque — Passion.

The opening of the cinematheque as a regular indie cinema house is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, at 6.45, Cinematheque — Passion, with the screening of new films by local film directors Tracy Choi, Chao Koi Wang and António Faria.

I’m certain the bright yellow house at the end of Travessa da Paixão, near Saint Paul Ruins, will be a place to keep tracking in the following months. I’m certain this will be a true gem for cinema lovers in Macau, or anyone interested in discovering high-quality films. It’s all about passion.