The 16th edition of IndieLisboa starts today and there is much to discover

The presence in Lisbon of the actress Anna Karina, a prospect about the Brazilian cinema and more than 50 Portuguese films make the International Festival of Lisbon – IndieLisboa, that begins today.

This is the 16th edition of IndieLisboa, with about 250 films to be shown in various halls of the capital, highlighting the retrospective dedicated to the actress Anna Karina, considered one of the symbols of the new wave of French cinema of the 1960s. Karina will be in Lisbon for a few days to accompany some of the films to be shown.

This year, IndieLisboa will feature more than 50 Portuguese films, present throughout the program, between world premieres, national premieres and first works.

Highlights include several films already shown at international festivals such as Jorge Jácome’s “Past Perfect“, Tiago Hespanha’s “Campo” and Ico Costa’s “Alva“, all of which are now in competition.

There will also be a preview of “Hotel Império” by Ivo M. Ferreira, as part of a program dedicated to the 20 years of the Macao administrative transfer to China, and the short film “Invisible Hero” by Cristèle Alves Meira to head to the Cannes festival.

In a “prospective mission“, as the festival’s director said, a look at the recent Brazilian cinema will be made from the choices of thirty films.

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 the 10th in the Carpintarias de São Lázaro, with women who made and make national rock: Lena Adelaide Ferreira, The Gaijas, The Dirty Coal Train, Anarchicks, Depression Cookers, Clementine, Decibelics, Paralytic Matriarch and Aurora Pine.

At IndieJunior, a festival inside IndieLisboa, two special sessions are planned for the youngest: one composed of classic ‘short films’ from the Polish animation films of the 1960s and a film-concert with a trio of musicians from Casa da Música to play for films by Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

In the framework of the festival will be exhibited in Portugal the video installation “Walled Unwalled” by Jordanian artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, one of the four finalists of the Turner 2019 prize, announced on Wednesday.

The work, cited by the jury of the prize, examines a series of legal cases in which evidence has been obtained on walls, doors and pavements, demonstrating that these structures are self-revealing, and establish fewer and fewer barriers between public and private space.

In 2016, the IndieLisboa festival will feature another short film by Hamdan, “Rubber Coated Steel,” a documentary about the death of two Palestinian teenagers and an investigation by Defense for Children International.

IndieLisboa will run until the 12th, at Culturgest, Cinema São Jorge, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Cinema Ideal and Carpintarias de São Lázaro, where it will lead to parallel programming of concerts and parties.

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