Brazilian cinema and more than 50 Portuguese films at IndieLisboa 2019

A prospect about Brazilian cinema and a reflection on Portuguese cinematographic production are two of the proposals of the International Film Festival – IndieLisboa, scheduled for May and presented today.

Since the first edition, there has been a work of recognition of cinema that is made in Portugal,” said Miguel Valverde, one of the programmers, about the presence of Portuguese films in the various sections of IndieLisboa and the increase of works selected for the competition.

This year, 16 IndieLisboa will feature more than 50 Portuguese films, present throughout the program, between world premieres, national debut and first works. There are 17 films in the short film competition,

For example, for the six feature films of the Portuguese competition, between fiction and documentary: ‘Alva’, by Ico Costa, ‘Campo’ by Tiago Hespanha, ‘Mar’ by Margarida Gil, ‘My grandmother trelototo’ by Catarina Red, ‘Bring me the head of Carmen M.’, by Felipe Bragança and Catarina Wallenstein, and ‘Grief and Joy in the Life of Giraffes’ by Tiago Guedes.

Jorge Jácome’s ‘Past Perfect’ is part of the international short film competition.

The management of IndieLisboa maintains this role as a platform for the dissemination of Portuguese films, but also a space for reflection on practices and production of Portuguese cinema.

There will also be an anthology of ‘Hotel Império’, by Ivo Ferreira, as part of a program dedicated to the 20 years of the Macao administrative transfer to China, the exhibition of three episodes of a new series by that director, entitled ‘South’, and the debut of the documentary ‘I am the author of my name Mia Couto’, by Solveig Nordlund.

IndieLisboa, already presenting itself as a “general festival“, will feature about 250 films distributed in the various sections, some already announced in recent weeks, such as the retrospective dedicated to the actress Anna Karina, in partnership with Cinematheque.

The actress, one of the faces of the French Nouvelle Vague, will be in Lisbon between May 5 and 9, and a meeting with the public is scheduled for the 8th.

In today’s presentation in Lisbon, programmer Nuno Sena underlined one of the choices of this year, under the title ‘Brazil in trance’, with more than thirty films from the recent Brazilian cinema. The goal is to reflect on the present and the future of Brazilian cinema.

It has a mission that is more prospective than retrospective, and we realized that it was impossible to contain Brazilian cinema in a program with 10, 20 films,” he said. “It is a country where production exceeds two hundred a year.”

It is in this program that films of Petra Costa, Helvécio Marins Jr., Gustavo Vinagre and Rodrigo Carneiro and André Novais Oliveira will be shown. Some of them will be present at a round table on May 11.

In IndieMusic, among others, will be shown the documentary ‘She is a song’, by Francisca Marvão, which will feature a concert, on May 10, in the Carpintarias de São Lázaro, with women who made and make national rock: Lena d ‘Water, Adelaide Ferreira, The Gaijas, The Dirty Coal Train, Anarchicks, Depression Cookers, Clementine, Decibelics, Paralytic Matriarch and Aurora Pine.

Presented as a festival within the Indie, programmers once again underline the importance of IndieJunior, which is already IndieLisboa’s largest section in terms of viewers.

Two special sessions are planned for the youngest: one consisting of classic ‘short films’ from the Polish animation cinema of the 1960s and a film-concert with a trio of House of Music musicians playing for films by Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

The 16th IndieLisboa will be held from May 2 to 12 at Culturgest, Cinema São Jorge, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Cinema Ideal and Carpintarias de São Lázaro, which will lead to parallel programming of concerts and parties.

In 2018, IndieLisboa had 37,000 spectators.

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