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IndieLisboa a window towards new local cinema

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The upcoming edition of the IndieLisboa film festival (April 22-May 2), will have a strong focus on local cinema. Besides opening film Fantasia Lusitana by João Canijo (see news), the festival line-up, now fully unveiled, is presenting several new world premieres by young Portuguese directors.

Marco Martins, whose first film Alice [+see also:
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interview: Nuno Lopes
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was part of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in 2005, is back with his much anticipated second feature, How To Draw a Perfect Circle (see news) and with the film Traces of a Diary, which he co-directed with André Principe.

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Just like Fantasia Lusitana, Traces is part of the local competition section, along with three other titles: Catarina Mourão’s documentary on plastic artist Lourdes de Castro, Pelas Sombras; João Trabulo’s Sem Companhia Além do Medo; and Pedro CaldasGuerra Civil, which also snagged a slot in the international competition section.

Local talent is also represented in the sidebar section Pulsar do Mundo with A Cidade dos Mortos, which Sérgio Tréfaut (Lisboetas) shot in Egypt; Diana Andriga’s Tarrafal: Memórias do Campo da Morte Lenta; Ruy SimõesIlha da Cova da Moura; and Há Tourada na Aldeia by Pedro Seda Nunes.

After his feature debut Uprise [+see also:
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, Sandro Aguilar returns to the short format that made him famous, with Voodoo. This is one of the 14 titles shown in the local shorts competition, which also includes films by Ivo M. Ferreira, and actor-turned-director Gonçalo Waddington.

European titles also take their place in IndieLisboa’s line-up, including The Robber [+see also:
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interview: Benjamin Heisenberg
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by Benjamim Heisenberg, The Blacks [+see also:
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interview: Zvonimir Juric, Goran De…
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by Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic, The Mouth of the Wolf [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello
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by Pietro Marcello, Martijn Maria Smits’s C’est déjà l’été and Tsai Ming Liang’s tribute to François Truffaut, Face [+see also:
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, among many others.

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