Due to the covid-19 pandemic, all films from the festival, which runs until December 12, will be streamed online for free. ‘Listen’ will be available between 1:00 pm (5:00 am in Lisbon) on December 5 and 1:00 pm the following day for viewers in various Asian territories, including Macau and Timor-Leste.
This week, it was announced that ‘Listen’ will be Portugal’s candidate for a nomination for Best International Film at the Oscars next year.
‘Listen’ is the first fictional feature film by Ana Rocha de Sousa, a family drama inspired by a true story, about a Portuguese family emigrated in London, to whom custody of the children is removed, on suspicion of mistreatment. The narrative follows the family’s efforts to prove to British social and judicial services that the suspicions are unfounded.
With Luso-British co-production, the film was shot in the vicinity of London with Portuguese and English cast, headed by Lúcia Moniz, Ruben Garcia, and Sophia Myles.
The film won six prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the ‘Lion of the Future’, for a first work, and the special jury prize of the Horizons competition.
Although with a reduced presence of spectators in the room, ‘Listen’ placed at the top of the most-watched Portuguese films this year, with 32,162 entries, according to data from the Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, counted until November 18th.