For its 9th edition, Utopia Festival is tuning into the complicity between film and music. We will be focusing on this often neglected cinematic layer, showcasing several Portuguese composers and sound architects, and culminating with an inspiring junction of Portuguese silent film and British live music. 2018’s crown jewel is the screening of Portuguese silent gem Lisbon, anecdotal chronicle, a film by legendary director Leitão de Barros, which will be accompanied live on the piano by British composer Neil Brand. The festival will kick off with a celebration of the 20th anniversary of José Saramago’s Nobel award, with the screening of António Ferreira’s adaptation of Embargo, followed by a Q&A with leading actor Filipe Castro. We are thrilled to announce that this will be on a second screening for schools, a great opportunity for London teenagers to sample foreign independent film. Once again, the festival will extend beyond London, with two screenings in Liverpool and one in Bristol,  respectively with the renowned The Nothing Factory, by Pedro Pinho, Where I Grow Old, By Marília Rocha, and Saudade’s Labyrinth, by Miguel Gonçalves. Where I Grow Old will be followed by a Q&A with leading actress Francisca Manuel, and Where I Grow Old, a co-production between Portugal and Brazil, will also be presented at the Brazilian Embassy.

   
   
Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, Festival Director

Embargo

Film and Music

Tue

30 Oct

6.15 pm

King's College

Embargo (+ Q&A)

Embargo / Portugal/Brazil/Spain, 2010
Dir. António Ferreira / 83’ / 12A* / in Portuguese with English subtitles / UK Premiere

Screening + Q&A with leading actor Filipe Costa

music by Luís Pedro Madeira

Based on the homonymous short story by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, the author of Blimunda and Blindness, Embargo, director António Ferreira’s peculiarly crafted Portuguese dark comedy, tells the story of Nuno, an ordinary man who, while working day-to-day in a sandwich stand, has managed to invent a machine which promises to revolutionise the shoe industry. At a time of nationwide petrol embargoes, Nuno finds himself in a sinister situation, mysteriously trapped inside his own car.

In collaboration with the Camões Centre for Portuguese Language and the conference Saramago and Beyond - From the Land of Sin to the Fields of Blood, with special thanks to Instituto Camões and Persona Non Grata Films.

free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified

Thu

1 Nov

6.30 pm

University of Liverpool

The Factory of Nothing (+ Introduction)

The Factory of Nothing (A Fábrica do Nada) / Portugal, 2017
Dir. Pedro Pinho / 177' / 12A* / in Portuguese with English subtitles

Screening + Introduction (University of Liverpool - REN-SR6 Rendall Building)

original soundtrack by José Smith Vargas and Pedro Rodrigues

It is on a particular weeknight that a group of factory workers realises their administration has organised the confiscation of all plant machinery. They soon recognise this as the first sign of a massive layoff. Most refuse to cooperate with the negotiators and start to move in to occupy the premises. With management’s unexpected desertion, they’re suddenly left with a half-empty factory. The Nothing Factory serendipitously morphs from vérite-like drama into neorealist musical, paying homage to the kind of occupation and self-managed collectivist project prevalent during the revolutionary period of 1970s Portugal. Yet, and although it introspects the recent past, the film still resonates strongly with Europe’s present sociopolitical climate. 

Special thanks to the Portuguese Embassy in the UK and Instituto Camões. Programmed in partnership with Ana Reimão, University of Liverpool.

free entry

*Locally classified.

Sat

3 Nov

6.15 pm

CINÉ LUMIÈRE

Lisbon, Anecdotal Chronicle (+ Live Music)

Lisbon, Anecdotal Chronicle (Lisboa, Crónica Anedótica) / Portugal, 1930
dir. José Leitão de Barros / 125' / 12A / UK Premiere / in Portuguese with English intertitles 

Screening + live musical accompaniment by Neil Brand

The highlight of the festival, this is the first feature film by one of the most influential and renowned Portuguese filmmakers from the first half of the 20th century, José Leitão de Barros. It is a homage to the Portuguese capital in the style of the popular ‘urban symphony’ of the time, a genre that often mixed documentary footage with fiction to surprising artistic effects, and whose the best-known examples are probably Walter Ruttman's Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, from 1927, and Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, from 1929.

"An improvising piano accompanist for over 30 years, Neil Brand has toured throughout the UK – most recently with his one-man-show The Silent Pianist Speaks – and performed at special events around the world. He works closely with BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO), a relationship that has resulted in performances of his acclaimed orchestral score for Hitchcock’s silent Blackmail (commissioned by Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna), the BBC Symphony Orchestra / Barbican commission to score Asquith’s silent film Underground (released on DVD by BFI), and two through-scored radio adaptations commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and 4: The Wind in the Willows (nominated for an Audio Drama Award) and A Christmas Carol for Orchestra, Choir and Actors. The latter was performed live by the BBCSO and BBC Singers at Barbican Concert Hall at Christmas 2016. Neil has presented a number of successful television series on BBC Four including Sound of Cinema, The Music that Made the Movies (2013), Sound of Song (2015), and most recently the acclaimed Sound of Musicals (2017). He is a regular presenter on Radio 4's The Film Programme, a Fellow of Aberystwyth University and was awarded the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA) Gold Badge in 2016. He joins a roster of eminent Visiting Professors in the Piano Department of the Royal Academy of Music, including Imogen Cooper, Richard Goode, Stephen Hough and Pascal Devoyon."
in Royal Academy of Music's News / 16.10.2018

Special thanks to the Portuguese Embassy in the UK, Cinemateca Portuguesa and Instituto Camões.

£12, Con £10

Sun

4 Nov

3.30 pm

FACT Liverpool

Where I Grow Old (+ Q&A)

Where I Grow Old (A Cidade Onde Envelheço) / Brazil and Portugal,  2016
dir. Marília Rocha / 99' / 12A* / UK Premiere / in Portuguese with English subtitles

Screening + Q&A with leading actress Francisca Manuel

sound design and mixing by Carlos Abreu and Tiago Matos

Francisca, a young Portuguese woman living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old acquaintance she’d lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa is out discovering the place she might want to settle in, Francisca craves for her life back in Lisbon. The film tracks both women’s city adventures and follows the bonding that grows between the two, forcing them to deal with conflicting desires: the urge to leave for a country unknown and a relentless longing for home.

Special thanks to the Portuguese Embassy in the UK and Instituto Camões. Programmed in partnership with Ana Reimão, University of Liverpool.

£12.20, Con £11.20

*Locally Classified

Tue

27 Nov

4.00 pm

CINÉ LUMIÈRE

Embargo (Special Screening - Free Entry)

Embargo (Special screening - free entry)
Brazil/Portugal/Spain, 2010 / dir. António Ferreira / 83' / 12A* / in Portuguese with English subtitles 

music by Luís Pedro Madeira

Based on the homonymous short story by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, the author of Blimunda and Blindness, Embargo, director António Ferreira’s peculiarly crafted Portuguese dark comedy, tells the story of Nuno, an ordinary man who, while working day-to-day in a sandwich stand, has managed to invent a machine which promises to revolutionise the shoe industry. At a time of nationwide petrol embargoes, Nuno finds himself in a sinister situation, mysteriously trapped inside his own car.

With special thanks to Instituto Camões and Persona Non Grata Films.

free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified

Wed

28 Nov

6.30 pm

Embassy of Brazil

Where I Grow Old

Where I Grow Old (A Cidade Onde Envelheço) / Brazil and Portugal, 2016
dir. Marília Rocha / 99' / cert. 12A* /  UK Premiere / in Portuguese with English subtitles 

sound Design and mixing by Carlos Abreu and Tiago Matos.

Francisca, a young Portuguese woman living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old acquaintance she’d lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa is out discovering the place she might want to settle in, Francisca craves for her life back in Lisbon. The film tracks both women’s city adventures and follows the bonding that grows between the two, forcing them to deal with conflicting desires: the urge to leave for a country unknown and a relentless longing for home.

Special thanks to the Embassy of Brazil in London and Instituto Camões.

free entry, registration needed

Thu

29 Nov

5.00 pm

University of Bristol

Saudade's Labyrinth (+ Introduction)

Saudade's Labyrinth (O Labirinto da Saudade) / Portugal, 2018
dir. Miguel Gonçalves Mendes / 75' / cert. 12A* / in Portuguese with English subtitles

Screening + Introduction

music composed by Noiserv

Miguel Gonçalves Mendes’ free adaptation to cinema of Mythic Psychoanalysis of the Portuguese Destiny (O Labirinto da Saudade) is one of the most lucid works in recent Portuguese cinema. A unique journey inside the brilliant mind of writer and philosopher Eduardo Lourenço, narrated by the 94-year-old himself, it gives voice to his memories and surveys key episodes in the history of Portugal. Along this filmic journey, Lourenço crosses paths with ghosts from the past and friends from the present, outstanding figures such as Álvaro Siza Vieira, José Carlos Vasconcelos, Diogo Dória, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Lídia Jorge or Gregório Duvivier, who assume the role of interlocutors, eliciting the reflections impressed in the book.

Trailer

free entry

*Locally Classified

The Factory of Nothing
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The Camões Centre for Studies in Portuguese Language and Culture was created in 2010 by agreement between Instituto Camões (Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Portugal) and King's College London. The Camões Centre provides the teaching staff and the students at KCL, and other interested parties, a nucleus for the deepening of knowledge in the fields of Portuguese language, culture, history and politics, and for the participation in academic and cultural activities within these fields. It also works as a focal point for Portuguese-related activities across a range of academic disciplines at university level in the UK.

Launched in 2010, the annual Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival is programmed by Filmville to promote in the UK films from Portuguese speaking countries. The festival has partnered with institutions such as the Barbican Arts Centre, the ICA, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut français, the Tricycle Theatre and The Picture House.

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2010

1st edition
Sound in Cinema / Music in Film
26 Jun – 9 Jul 2010

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2011

2nd edition
Cinema and Literature
10 – 30 Nov 2011

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2012

3rd edition
Architecture and Film
10 – 30 Nov 2012

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2013

4th edition
Film, Memory and Landscape
27 Nov – 8 Dec 2013

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5th edition
5 Films Celebrating Freedom
6 – 7 Dec 2014

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6th edition
Women and Film
17 – 22 Nov 2015

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2016

7th edition
“7 Wishes / 7 Films
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2016

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2017

8th edition
“From Text to Screen and Back to Text. Film and Literature – The Portuguese Context”
13 Nov – 1 Dec 2017

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Team

Director and Producer:
Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Producer and Public Relations:
Fernanda Franco

Invited Programmers:
Ana Reimão (Liverpool)
José Lingna Nafafé (Bristol)

Programming Assistant:
Daniela Ribeiro

Translator:
Miguel Rodrigues

Graphic Design:
Maria João Macedo

Web Development:
Queo Technologies

Filmville was founded in 2007 with the aim of curating and promoting film events around Portuguese speaking countries' cultures in the UK. Since 2010, Filmville has programmed the annual UK Portuguese Film Festival, working with institutions such as the Barbican Arts Centre, the ICA, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut français, the Tricycle Theatre and The Picture House. Filmville is run by Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, with external help from freelancers and key institutions.

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Ciné Lumière

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Embassy of Brazil London

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