IndieLisboa announces the programme for its 18th edition
- The Portuguese festival will showcase a strong selection of national films at its second summer edition
IndieLisboa is back for its 18th edition, spanning from 21 August-6 September and presenting 276 films across nine sections. The festival had already announced a retrospective of Sarah Maldoror’s work, as well the Silvestre, Indie Júnior, Director’s Cut and Indie Music sections and the International Competition (which includes titles such as Norika Sefa’s Looking for Venera [+see also:
interview: Norika Sefa
film profile], Alice Diop’s We [+see also:
interview: Alice Diop
film profile], and Alexandre Koberidze’s What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? [+see also:
interview: Alexandre Koberidze
film profile]). Now, the festival unveils most of its competitive and non-competitive sections.
The gathering will start off with Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and will close with the national premiere of Sérgio Tréfaut’s latest film, Paraíso.
As the festival is dedicated to support and showcase Portuguese films, the National Competition is one of its highlights, comprising of four features and 19 short films (with a grand total of 14 world premieres) and focusing both on works from emerging directors as well as from prominent filmmakers. Susana Nobre’s Jack’s Ride [+see also:
interview: Susana Nobre
film profile] will have its national premiere as one of the four features included in this section. Gonçalo Lamas’ debut feature film, Granary Square, will have its world premiere at the festival, alongside two other debut feature films, both national premieres: Rock Bottom Riser, directed by Fern Silva, and Simon Calls [+see also:
film profile], directed by Marta Sousa Ribeiro. The short film selection includes João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata’s homage to Jacques Demy, Um Quarto na Cidade, and three films that are also in the International (short film) Competition: Catarina de Sousa and Nick Tyson’s Tracing Utopia (US/Portugal), Laura Carreira’s The Shift (UK/Portugal) and the world premiere of Helena Estrela’s Transportation Procedures for Lovers (Brazil/Portugal/Spain).
Emerging Portuguese directors will showcase their works in the Brand New section. Fruto do Vosso Ventre, the winner of the Curtas Vila do Conde’s Take One Competition, directed by Fábio Silva, is included in this 13-film selection, as well as Miraflores, directed by Rodrigo Braz Teixeira and Rosa Vale Cardoso’s Se Tudo O Que Oiço é Silêncio.
Part of the non-competitive sections, the special screenings programme presents several documentaries on key figures of the Portuguese artistic and political scene: from the architect Nuno Portas, in The City of Nuno Portas, directed by Teresa Prata and Humberto Kzure, to the artists Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Árpád Szenes, in João Mário Grilo’s Vieirapad, and a film-performance starring Joacine Katar Moreira and Welket Bungué, Upheaval, directed by Bungué.
IndieLisboa will once again host the Lisbon Screenings, an industry event organised by Portugal Film - Agência Internacional de Cinema Português that aims to support new in-development or finished Portuguese projects in finding their world or international premiere. A Távola de Rocha, by Samuel Barbosa, which will have its world premiere in Locarno’s Histoire(s) du Cinéma, followed by a national premiere in IndieLisboa’s non-competitive section Director’s Cut, is one of many films that were included in this industry event in the past. This year, the selection includes feature films by Inês Oliveira, Ana Sofia Fonseca and José Filipe Costa, as well as short films by Diogo Baldaia, Ágata de Pinho, Falcão Nhaga, José Manuel Fernandes, and Pedro Neves Marques amongst others.
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