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Doclisboa donne son coup d'envoi, ses valeurs en poupe

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- Malgré des pressions extérieures pour modifier son programme, la 16e édition de l'événement portugais présentera comme prévu 243 films de 54 pays

Doclisboa donne son coup d'envoi, ses valeurs en poupe
Brisseau – 251, Marcadet’s Street de Laurent Achard

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The 16th edition of Doclisboa starts this Thursday and will, until 28 October, present a rich programme of 243 films from 54 countries, including 68 world and 22 international premieres. The programme remains unchanged despite last-minute pressures from two embassies to remove a movie from its International Competition selection and to review a number of texts (related to the focus on the Euphrates). This gave Apordoc, the association behind the creation of the event, an opportunity to defend not only fundamental democratic and artistic values, but also the notion that the work of such a festival cannot be neutral and should spark debate, provided that it is open and constructive.

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The festival, bookended by Ruth Beckermann's Austrian candidate for the Oscars, The Waldheim Waltz [+lire aussi :
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, and Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu's Infinite Football [+lire aussi :
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, will screen 22 films of various lengths as part of its International Competition, all of which are world or international premieres. Amongst them are 13 European (co-)productions, including Laurent Achard's Brisseau – 251, Marcadet’s Street (France), a conversation with the titular controversial filmmaker, Jean-Charles Hue's Topo y Wera (France), Michał Borczuch's Komodo Dragons (Poland), Ilan Serruya's Reunion [+lire aussi :
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(Spain), Ivan Salatic's We Are the Sons of Your Rocks (Montenegro), Sabine Groenewegen's Odyssey (Netherlands/Belgium/France/Portugal) and Ian Soroka's Greetings from Free Forests [+lire aussi :
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(USA/Slovenia/Croatia).

The Portuguese Competition selection consists of 18 films. The New Visions sidebar will gather various guests, including Jean-François Stévenin, around this year's theme, "Transmission, Imagined Territories". From the Earth to the Moon will show the most recent works by key documentary filmmakers: Wang BingFrederick WisemanRithy PanhStefano SavonaŽelimir Žilnik and Michael Moore.

Heart Beat, an exciting section that places the emphasis on music and dance (from Chilly Gonzales to Depeche Mode, via Blue Note Records, Rostropovich, "Godmother of Punk" Joan Jett and Aretha Franklin, to mention but a few great names), will also show Lorna Tucker's Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist [+lire aussi :
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(UK), Croatian helmer Nebojša Slijepčević's Srbenka [+lire aussi :
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Boris Nicot's Deux, trois fois Branco, on famous Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, short films by Mathieu AmalricDanielle ArbidClément Cogitore and installation artist Claude Lévêque, a documentary on William Friedkin by Francesco Zippel (Friedkin Uncut [+lire aussi :
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 – Italy), as well as The Exorcist director’s first-ever documentary, The People vs. Paul Crump.

The programme of Doclisboa 2018 also includes sections entitled Green Years and Cinema of Urgency, and a project development lab called Arché, which will welcome a total of 12 projects this year, four of which are Portuguese.

(Traduit de l'anglais)

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