More than two dozen Portuguese films at the Rotterdam Festival

More than two dozen Portuguese films and a Portuguese co-production are on the agenda of the 48th edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, which starts next week in the Netherlands and includes a retrospective by director Edgar Pêra.

In the section Bright Future will be exhibited ‘Anteu’, by João Vladimiro (in competition for the Amondo Tiger Short prize), ‘Alva’ by Ico Costa, ‘Bring me the head of Carmen M.’ by Felipe Bragança and Catarina Wallenstein, and the Portuguese co-production ‘Terril’, by Bronte Stahl, according to the full program of the festival, today announced.

The Voices Short section includes Filipe Martins ‘Casa de Vidro’ and Perspectives includes ‘Diamantino’ by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidtt, and ‘KINOMARA – Cinema Out of Orbit’ by Edgar Pêra.

This last director is the subject of a retrospective, which will show 21 films and a cinema-concert.

The retrospective ‘Edgar Pêra’ includes three programs: Early Work, in which the director’s first ‘short films’ will be shown, in order to’ discover the mission statement (s) behind his cinema “, Where masses chant, which” celebrates all the things we do together – and their dangers, “and Visions in concrete and stone,” dedicated to Portuguese architecture, exploring the ruins of the future, visions of the past and current disasters. ”

The list of films includes the international premiere of the director’s most recent work, ‘Caminhos Magnétykos’, inspired by Branquinho da Fonseca’s work, ‘The City of Cassiano’, about Cassiano Branco, Architecture Film Grand Prix Bordeaux Film Festival , in 1992, ‘Evasion Manual LX94’, shot for the Lisbon European Capital of Culture 1994, and ‘Lisbon Revisited’, with texts by Fernando Pessoa.

In addition, it will be presented the 3D cinema-concert LoveCraftLand, with The Legendary Tigerman, premiered in August in a warm-up session of the Motelx – International Festival of Cinema of Terror of Lisbon.

In the cine-concert, with live music by Randolph Carter (The Legendary Tigerman), Iris Cayatte and Dominique Pinon’s intervention and live camera, films and manipulation by Edgar Pêra, mixed live by Cláudio Vasques, texts are used by the American writer HP Lovecraft.

Edgar Pêra, 58, who started working in cinema in the 1980s, adds more than three dozen films, including documentaries and fiction, short films and feature films, and has several prizes, such as the career Pasolini, attributed in Paris in 2006.

In the Deep Focus section of the 43rd edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, which integrates the retrospective Edgar Pêra, the film ‘Sombra Luminosa’ by Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela will also be shown.

The Short Voices section also includes ‘Mabata bata’, by Mozambican Sol de Carvalho, from a work by Mia Couto.

The Rotterdam International Film Festival runs from 23 January to 3 February.

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