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Nine Portuguese films and in coproduction integrate Vienna festival

Nine Portuguese or Portuguese films, from directors like Teresa Villaverde, Helena Estrela and Eugène Green, are part of the Vienna International Film Festival, which starts on the 25th.

According to the final schedule, announced on Tuesday evening, Viennale will exhibit the documentary ‘Thermometer of Galileo’ by Teresa Villaverde, about the Italian director Tonino de Bernardi, the short film ‘Bela Mandil’, by Helena Estrela, with echoes in an Algarvian legend, and the previously announced ‘Rain is singing in the village of the dead’, by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora, and ‘Diamantino’ by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt.

The festival will also show, in a passage through the history of Portuguese cinema, a restored copy of ‘The Island of Loves’, Paulo Rocha’s 1982 film inspired by the life of writer Wenceslau de Moraes.

There are also several co-productions with Portugal: the short film ‘Como Fernando Pessoa saved Portugal’, by the American Eugène Green – which debuted last week in Portugal – ‘King Sol’ by the Spaniard Albert Serra, ‘Juventude’ Julien Samani’s 2016 film, and ‘Dog Night’ (2008), in an evocation of director Werner Schroeter, who died in 2010.

All these films have already been – and were awarded – in other festivals, but some are still unpublished in Portugal, namely “Rain is singing in the village of the dead” by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora, and “Diamantino” film by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt.

The Vienna International Film Festival ends on November 8th.

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