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Porto/Post/Doc announces its 2020 programme

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- Screening more than 60 films from 20-29 November, this year’s hybrid edition reinforces the festival’s support for Portuguese and Portuguese-language productions

Porto/Post/Doc announces its 2020 programme
Our Land, Our Altar by André Guiomar

Porto/Post/Doc has presented the complete programme for its 2020 hybrid edition. This year, the festival will screen more than 60 films between 20 and 29 November (in Porto and online), presenting nine features produced between 2019 and 2020 in its International Competition. Our Land, Our Altar [+see also:
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by André Guiomar and Departure by Caco Ciocler, two of the films included in this competition, are just some of the 25 Portuguese and Portuguese-language movies included in this year’s programme.

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These films are also partaking in a newly created competition called Cinema Falado. The section, which did exist at previous editions, has now become a competitive one in response to the many challenges that professionals from this sector have had to face during the past few months. The victor will win the SPA Award, which, according to Dario Oliveira, the director of the festival, “is the award we cherish the most at this edition”. The team sees this monetary prize as their “symbolic way to honour everyone that keeps on working, even in such adverse circumstances”. Fradique’s Air Conditioner, Moara Passoni’s Ecstasy, Pedro Peralta’s Perpetual Night, and The Cypress Dance by Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela are some of the other films competing for the Cinema Falado Award. Also in this section, but out of competition, is The Movement of Things (1985), the first and only film directed by Manuela Serra (a director whose work has recently been recovered and restored), which documents the daily life of a rural community in Viana do Castelo.

The festival will also showcase 11 short films made by Portuguese students or students from Portuguese higher-education institutions, which will compete in the Cinema Novo Competition - a section that aims to shine a light on emerging young talents.

Porto/Post/Doc’s programme also goes beyond local borders in its non-competitive sections, and one of this year’s highlights is the focus on films that encourage reflection on the American sociopolitical landscape and history, with David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, opening the festival and Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI bringing the gathering to a close. The Cine-Fiesta Selection, which includes Land Underwater by Maddi Barber, Red Moon Tide [+see also:
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by Lois Patiño, Work, or to Whom Does the World Belong [+see also:
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by Elisa Cepedal and Bendito Machine Saga by Jossie Malis, continues the festival’s work in showcasing recent Spanish films.

Venturing beyond borders also in terms of format, this year’s Forum of the Real (an international meeting intended to foster discussion on contemporary films) will be held online, focusing on “The After City: Historie(s) of City”, “Imagined Cities” and “Fuck the Polis”.

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