Utopia Festival celebrates a decade as the showcase for Portuguese spoken film in the UK. This year, Julião Sarmento, Fernando Vendrell, João Mário Grilo, Solveig Nordlund, José Filipe Costa, Pedro Neves and Ricardo Vieira Lisboa have all confirmed attendance to discuss their work. The tagline "Other Voices - New Perspectives" reflects an eclectic programme, wide-ranging in its selection of innovative Portuguese moving image. The season opens with João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s The Dead and the Others, which takes us on a journey through the Amazon rainforest and serves as the pretext for an open debate with the authors of Spirit of Amazon, experts Sue and Patrick Cunningham. The Portuguese Audiovisual essay will be in the spotlight with two sessions, one on new talent and the other focused on the work of veteran experimentalist Ricardo Vieira Lisboa, with the presence of the director. The environment will again take centre stage with Pedro Neves’ tale of displacement and urban sustainability Tarrafal, followed by a Q&A with the director. After this, the festival will turn to two days on the topic of censorship in Portuguese contemporary image, with several presentations and debates with international specialists and the screening of José Filipe Costa’s Pleasure, Comrades!, a film which, forty five years since the Portuguese revolution, finally sheds light on the sexual politics around this major political event, together a unique look on the censored memories of colonialism, in the shape of short film Granny (Muidumbe) by Raquel Schefer. Crowning this two-day bill is a screening of Julião Sarmento’s groundbreaking films, rounded off by a conversation with the artist. Solveig Nordlund’s sci-fi films Low-Flying Aircraft and Journey to Orion, both based on works by J.G Ballard, will be screened in Scotland with the presence of the director. And previously in the spring, the festival held an event on the relationships between film practice and theory, with a conference and the screening of three films: Apparition (with the presence of renowned filmmaker and producer Fernando Vendrell); an insight into the Brazilian justice system, with the compelling The Case of J., by José Filipe Costa (also with the presence of the director); and an earlier focus on sustainability and the environment, with João Mário Grilo’s Your Land. The festival will also continue its work with schools, with one free short film session for teenage audiences. There’s little time to celebrate the milestone of reaching a decade, as we continue our journey trying to showcase the best and most compelling in Portuguese film and audiovisual production, and attempt to steer the debate around Portuguese-spoken cinema the UK. Stay tuned.    

Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, Festival Director

The Dead and the Others


9 May

6.30 pm

Bush House

Apparition (+ Q&A)

Apparition + Q&A with Director Fernando Vendrell / Portugal, 2018
Dir. Fernando Vendrell / 115’ / 12A*

Winner of Best Film at Fantasporto 2018

Évora, the 1950s. Alberto, a young schoolteacher, was recently assigned to a high school post in this small interior city. Évora is the unwelcoming, provincial town Alberto plans to settle in to reinvent himself as a solitary writer. He falls for Sofia, one of a prominent local doctor’s several daughters. During his classes, he puts his existential convictions to the test by captivating Carolino, one of his pupils. When Sofia unexpectedly leaves him for Carolino, Alberto becomes lost in a turmoil of passion and extreme convictions. Apparition is the film adaptation of Vergílio Ferreira’s homonymous novel.

Fernando Vendrell (Lisbon, 1962)
Graduated in Film at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa (1985), then worked as an assistant director for several years, namely with Manoel de Oliveira, João César Monteiro, José Fonseca e Costa, Raoul Ruiz, João Canijo and Manuel Mozos, amongst others. Vendrell produced Fernando Trueba's Belle Epoque, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Picture in 1994. He produced director Zézé Gamboa's Sundance Film Festival World Dramatic Competition Award Winner The Hero (2005).

free entry

*Locally Classified


10 May

3:00 pm

Bush House

The Case of J. (+ presentation)

The Case of J. + Presentation by Director José Filipe Costa/ Portugal, 2017
Dir. José Filipe Costa / 20' / 12A*

The court of law can become a theatre as much as death can turn out to be a montage. Two policemen are accused of the unjustified killing of J. by a criminal court in Rio de Janeiro. J.’s mother is questioned by the police defense lawyer, to clarify who her son was: what was his profession and who did he work for? In the film’s presentation, José Filipe Costa will explore how the research process about this and other similar cases around Rio de Janeiro provided the concepts for his short, for transposing the ‘theatre’ of unlawful homicides by the Brazilian police to the mise-en-scène of the film. The Case of J. uses the props, costumes and choreography of such cases to assemble a filmic viewpoint on this disturbing subject.

José Filipe Costa (31.01.70)
He has a PhD from the Royal College of Art, London. He wrote and directed several short films: A Rua (2008), Chapa 23 (2006), Domingo (2005) and Undo (2004), and the documentaries Linha Vermelha (2011), Entre Muros (2002) and Senhorinha (2001). His films were shown at various festivals (Viennale, Cinéma du Réel, Tartu Festival of Visual Culture, PlanetaDoc Film Festival, Dokumentarfilmwoche, Forumdoc.bh, Fidébrasil, Festival de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro, IndieLisboa, Doc Lisboa, Fantasporto, among others) and screened and broadcasted on different television channels (RTP, Futura-Brasil and ZDF-Arte). He wrote and directed the science series Histórias da Vida na Terra (2008). He was a visiting lecturer at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lectured for the DocNomads, Documentary Film Directing Erasmus Mundus joint master's degree. He obtained his undergraduate and master's degrees in Communication Science at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is the author of the book Power to the cinema! (2002).

free entry

*Locally classified.


10 May

6:30 pm

Nash Lecture Theatre

Your Land (+ Q&A)

Your Land + Q&A with director João Mário Grilo/ Portugal, 2016
Dir. João Mário Grilo / 59’ / 12A* 

Using texts and landscapes belonging to Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and to a life of work dedicated to landscape architecture, João Mário Grilo composes this poetic documentary about the evocative power of nature and man.

João Mário Grilo (Figueira da Foz, Portugal, 1958)
Graduated in Economics in Coimbra, Sociology at ISCTE in Lisbon, MA, PhD and Aggregation in Communication Sciences /Cinema in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon, where he currently teaches. As a film director, he represented Portugal, among others, in the Official Selections of the Festivals of Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Vancouver, S. Francisco, Houston, Rotterdam, Biarritz, Hong Kong, Stockholm. He received, in 1982, the Prix Georges Sadoul, in 1989, the Special Jury Prize at Rio de Janeiro, the Public Prize and the Jury Prize in Biarritz, the PROCIREP Prize in Cannes, Best Documentary Prize at IndieLisboa (2012) and the Paz dos Reis Prize for the ensemble of his career in Oporto (2010). In 1990, he was the Portuguese representative for the Oscar to the Best Foreign Language Film. Retrospectives of his work were presented in La Rochelle Film Festival, Figueira da Foz Film Festival and a complete retrospective was held last year in Leffest. He has published extensively on cinema and contemporary art in Portugal and abroad and written many books: The Order in Cinema (1997), The Lessons of Cinema (2006), The Cinema of Non-Illusion (2006), The Imagined Man (2006), The Book of Images (2007), and Film & Philosophy: Mapping an Encounter (2014).

free entry

*Locally Classified


30 Nov

12:00 pm

Birkbeck Cinema

The Dead and the Others (+ Q&A)

The Dead and The Others + Q&A with "Spirit of Amazon Authors" Sue and Patrick Cunningham/ Portugal/Brazil, 2018
Dir. João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora / 114’ / 12A*

Winner of the A Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and Special Jury Award at Mar del Plata Film Festival

There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. Fifteen-year-old Ihjãc has been having nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the north of Brazil. Ihjãc walks into darkness, his sweaty body moving with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father’s voice calls him to the waterfall: it’s time to organise the funerary feast so that his spirit can depart to the village of the dead.
The mourning must cease. To escape his duties, including the key ritual of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the hard reality of surviving as an indigenous young man in contemporary Brazil.


João Salaviza
Born in Lisbon, he graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy (Portugal), and Universidad del Cine (Argentina). His feature debut Mountain world premiered at the Venice Film Festival – Critics Week 2015. It came on the heels of a trilogy of short films: Rafa (Berlinale Golden Bear 2012) and Arena (Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes 2009) and Cerro Negro. Back recently at the Berlinale with the short films High Cities of Bone and Russa. The Dead and The Others, co-directed with Renée, is his second feature film, which won the special jury award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Renée Nader Messora
Born in São Paulo, she is a graduate in Cinematography from the Universidad del Cine – Buenos Aires. In 2009 Renée met the Krahô indigenous people. Since then, she has worked with the Krahô community, participating in the mobilisation of a local collective of Krahô filmmakers. The Dead and The Others is her debut as a director.

In partnership with CILAVS

Birkbeck Cinema, University of London - free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified


30 Nov

3:00 pm

Birkbeck Cinema

New Portuguese Audiovisual Essays

New Portuguese Audiovisuals Essays (presented by Catherine Grant) / 12A*

Exploring the possibilities of the audiovisual essay, this group of films expresses a string of very personal views on film history. Some of these survey while others celebrate the filmic roles of intimacy, work, politics, the female gaze, dance, comedy, fear and the death of cinema itself. They take risks while blending different materials or trying to say something very personal through film. An example of creative and engaged film writing, the product of a dynamic film lab at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

All works made under the tutorship of lecturer and film critic Luís Mendonça at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

List of films:

Delphine Aprisionada Portugal, 2017 / Dir. Ricardo Pinto de Magalhães / 5'59'' 
Jacarépaguá / Portugal, 2017 / Dir Maria Ganem / 5'30''
We All Die as A Work in Progress (2017) de João Costa / Portugal, 2017 / Dir. João Costa / 11'19'' 
Young Mr. Lincoln por Eisenstein / Portugal,  2017 / Dir. Guilherme Rodriguez / 6'05"
O cinema que vê / Portugal, 2016 / Dir. Beatriz Saraiva, /3'43"
The (Im)perfect Human / Portugal, 2016 / Dir. Ana Margarida Gil / 8'42''
Swans With Shoes / Portugal, 2016 / Dir. Magda Caetano de Melo / 6'27''
Hong Sang-soo: Sorry for Smoking / Portugal, 2016 / Dir. Nuno Gonçalves / 5'07''
O Pulo do Lobo / Portugal, 2016 / Dir. Tamara González / 6'32''

In partnership with CILAVS

Birkbeck Cinema, University of London - free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified


30 Nov

4:15 pm

Birkbeck Cinema

Haptic Films: video essays

Haptic Films: video essays by Ricardo Vieira Lisboa
Dir. Ricardo Vieira Lisboa / 15A* / UK Première

In Ricardo Vieira Lisboa's own words: "In this short film programme there are eleven videos created over the last six years. They explore, among other issues, the viewer/critic's point of view, as well as the haptic quality of filmic materials (to what extent is film transformed, in the digital age, into the subject of an invasive touch that disturbs, re-configures and re-signifies cinema itself?). These are essay films that are mostly composed of pre-existing images and sounds that present brief analyses on the placement of these moving images within cinema history, within their filmmaker's history or simply within history. From Raoul Walsh to Terrence Davies, including the Portuguese silent director Reinaldo Ferreira and painter Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, there is still room for a small tribute to Stan Brakhage, some episodes from the series Quote-action, and an almost unbearable never-ending super-cut."

List of films:

Blue Cigarette / 2017 / 2’
Lemétro, Vieira da Silva / 2016 / 8’
Children, Madonna and Child, Death and Transfiguration / 2016 / 9'
A pussy by the window / 2017-2019 / 7'
Cita-acção #3: Guided Tour / 2018 / 2’
Cita-acção #1: Back and Forth / 2018 / 3' 
Cita-acção #6: fucking each other / 2018 / 2’ 
Cita-acção #13: The delicate movement of the derrière / 2019 / 2’
Reinaldo's Motifs / 2018 / 9’
Whiskey with Milk / 2013 / 5’ 
Volleyball Holiday 2.0 / 2017-2019 / 10’

Ricardo Vieira Lisboa
Born in Lisbon, he is graduated in Mathematics and Computing with a Masters in Film Studies. He is the co-founder and film critic of À pala de Walsh and acts as a guest programmer for short films at IndieLisboa - Lisbon International Film Festival. His short films and video essays have been shown in many festivals around the world. Currently he is part of Casa do Cinema (House of Cinema)’s programme team in Serralves.

À pala de Walsh

In partnership with CILAVS

Birkbeck Cinema, University of London - free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified


2 Dec

6:30 pm

Royal Academy of Arts

Tarrafal (+ Q&A)

Tarrafal + Q&A with Pedro Neves / Portugal, 2016
Dir. Pedro Neves / 96' / 12A*

Tarrafal is a surprising journey into what was once one of Porto’s most problematic neighbourhoods, famous for its drug dealing and raft of social problems. Porto is the second largest city of Portugal and, in Tarrafal, Pedro Neves questions the adequacy of city planners in handling this and other deeply deprived communities. What was a typical low-cost dormitory has now been conquered by nature, with trees and shrubs growing everywhere, out of control. When Tarrafal’s community was transplanted to other parts of the city, nature started to take over, turning the place into a living museum of city development failures, full of the ghostly memories of those who had lived and, surprisingly, may have been happy there. While Tarrafal opens the door to questioning city planning, it also relays the stories of those few who have resisted and stayed behind. The image of life against the odds inside the ruins of a failed urban idea.


Pedro Neves
Born in Leiria in 1977, he has been working as a documentary filmmaker, producer and freelance journalist since 1999. In 2008, he founded the production company Red Desert Films. He has won several awards and his documentaries have been presented in more than 40 festivals around the world, including Clermont-Ferrand, Guadalajara, Doclisboa, Documenta Madrid, Curtas Vila do Conde, Kinoforum, among others. His filmography includes
Gazing Out to Sea (2007), En la Barberia (2007), The Forgotten (2009), Disagreements (2010), Cold Water (2011), The Desert's Fox (2013). In 2014, he directed the short documentary Inn, with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. His doc Beyond our Means (2014) had its premiere at the Porto/Post/Doc. In 2015 he directed and produced the documentary Localism. The Beach (Doclisboa) is his last short and Tarrafal (2016) his last feature documentary.

In partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and their Eco-Visionaries Exhibiton Programme

free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified


4 Dec

6:00 pm

Nash Lecture Theatre

A Pleasure, Comrades! + Granny (Muidumbe)

A Pleasure, Comrades! + introduction by Raquel Schefer Portugal, 2019Dir. José Filipe Costa / 105’ / 12A*

In competition this year at the BFI London Film Festival and the Locarno Festival.

1975, rural Portugal. In the wake of the Carnation Revolution, the country and most of its people are in the process of re-organising themselves in a collective effort that sparks the interest of foreigners and expats who share the ideals of the revolution. Newcomers start to volunteer at the recently formed co-ops, offering literacy, health and sex education. Drawing from the testimonies of those who lived through this period, A Pleasure, Comrades! travels in time to give centre stage to an older generation bravely and joyfully re-enacting the social and sexual interactions of a time when most women were still embarrassed to stand naked in front of their husbands. Eight years after his previous feature, Red Line, José Filipe Costa surprises with a comical and charming docudrama of storytelling inventiveness. Long live the proletariat, long live the sexual revolution!

"The lingering illiteracy, patriarchal power relations and sexual taboos of post-dictatorship Portugal are laid bare in this humorous and sex-positive docudrama with a feminist soul"
BFI London Film Festival 2019


Granny (Muidumbe) + introduction by Raquel Schefer / Portugal, 2009
Dir. Raquel Schefer / 11' / 12A*

Mozambique, the 1960s, just before the start of the war, the portrait of a colonial family. A sequence of archive clips recorded by Raquel Schefer’s grandfather, a former colonial administrator, is the starting point for an experimental documentary on the history of the Portuguese decolonisation and its memory. Double memory or memory split into two: the lived and descriptive memory of the colonisers (their texts and images) versus the fictive memory of their descendants. The film is Raquel Schefer’s attempt to represent her indirect memories of Mozambique.

Raquel Schefer
She holds a Ph.D. in Film and Audiovisual Studies from the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University and a Master in Documentary Cinema from the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires. She published the book “Self-Portrait in Documentary” in 2008, in Argentina, and several book chapters and articles in Portugal and abroad. Currently, she is a post- doctoral FCT fellow at the CEC/University of Lisbon and the University of the Western Cape, and a co-editor of the quarterly of theory and history of cinema “La Furia Umana”. Her research focuses on the articulations between aesthetics and politics, avant-garde and experimental cinema, political and anti-colonial cinema, the relationships between modernism and primitivism, and the self-portrait in cinema.

More about Raquel Schefer

Nash Lecture Theatre, Kings College - free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified


5 Dec

7:00 pm


Low Flying Aircraft + Journey to Orion (+ Q&A)

Low Flying Aircraft and Journey to Orion + Q&A with Director Solveig Nordlund
Two film adaptations of stories by major writer J. G. Ballard.

Low Flying Aircraft / Portugal,  2002
Dir. Solveig Nordlund / 80' / 12A*

In the near future, the human race is facing extinction. For some reason, women can no longer get pregnant. The few who achieve it only generate mutants that are immediately eliminated by the authorities. Judite Foster is fertile: she has been pregnant six times. Each time, the mandatory pregnancy tests showed that Judite was carrying a mutant and she was forced to abort. Now that she is pregnant again, she decides to run away to an abandoned hotel with her husband André, where an enigmatic and unpredictable Dr. Gould will look after her. 
This film was shot in a famous Portuguese tourist resort, Tróia which soon after was demolished, a ghostly memory preserved.  


Journey to Orion / Sweden,  1986
Dir. Solveig Nordlund / 17' / 12A*

Solveig Nordlund’s take on J.G. Ballard's Thirteen to Centaurus, which won a prize at the Bilbao Festival and was entirely shot aboard a ferry travelling between Stockholm and Helsinki.

Solveig Nordlund was born in Stockholm, but has lived and worked between Sweden and Portugal for more than 4 decades. Nordlund works in film and television, but also the theatre, where she has worked as a producer and director. She studied Art and Languages at the University of Stockholm and Film Studies in Paris and began her career as assistant director and editor, working in films by Manoel de Oliveira, Alberto Seixas Santos and João César Monteiro. She proceeded on directing documentaries and fiction films for cinema and for Portuguese and Swedish television, and has under her belt short and feature films presented and awarded in Locarno, Rome, Mar del Plata, Rotterdam, Montréal, São Paulo, New York and Stockholm, among many other festivals.

Summerhall, Edinburgh - free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified


6 Dec

6:00 pm

Bush House Lecture 1

Revolution & Subversion in Portuguese Video-Art

Revolution and Subversion in Portuguese Video-Art: Early works by Julião Sarmento / 15A*

We must consider the revolutionary character of the explicitly erotic images produced by a young Julião Sarmento against the context of Portuguese Salazarism, which lasted 48 years and only ended with the carnation revolution of 1974. The political repression enacted by the regime had inflicted a suffocating morality at the service of the most conservative poles of Portuguese society. Sarmento's experimental films openly oppose state repression and profound cultural conservatism against everything that is explicitly erotic. For this reason, as it was being produced, much of Sarmento's work could be conceived of as dissident, since it articulated sexual pleasure with a desire for knowledge. Among the peculiarities of an artistic research placing him in the avant-garde tendency of cinema-art, are the questions raised around counterculture and libertarianism. In this regard, it is significant Sarmento's Super 8, anti-diegetic and dilatational series of film works, directly subsidiary to the anti-cinema of an Andy Warhol. What Sarmento seems to have retained from his dissident appraisals of Sade, Bataille, etc, and the underground cinematic vagabondages of Warhol, Brakhage, Snow, Mekas and Smith, is a real fascination with the subversive.

List of films:

Legs Portugal, 1975 / Dir. Julião Sarmento / 3'45'' Fixed frame take centered on the bare pubis of a female body. A slow and sensual alternation of forward and backward leg movement repeats indefinitely.

Copies / Portugal, 1976 / Dir. Julião Sarmento / 14'23''
Two naked women face each other while replicating self-directed gestures and caresses. At the end, the director steps out of his voyeuristic shadow to turn his hand to playing the exhibitionist.

FacesPortugal, 1976 / Dir. Julião Sarmento / 44'22''Close up of a continuous kiss between two women, centered on their mouths and the movement of their tongues.

Films from the collection Van Abbermuseum with special thanks to the artist.

Julião Sarmento
He studied painting and architecture at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts. He began exhibiting film, video, sound, painting, sculpture, installation and multimedia in the early seventies, but also developed several site-specific projects. He has exhibited his work extensively around the world in solo and group shows. Sarmento represented Portugal at the Venice Biennial in 1997. His work is represented in several museums and private collections, including an artist room showing at London's Tate Modern in 2010 and a major retrospective at Museum Serralves in 2012/2013.


Bush House Lecture Theatre 1 King’s College London - free entry, registration needed

*Locally Classified


6 Dec

7:15 pm

Bush House Lecture 1

Julião Sarmento in conversation

Julião Sarmento in conversation

Conversation, chaired by Bruno Marques and Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, with major Portuguese artist Julião Sarmento. This talk will address the early work on show as a way to understanding Sarmento’s decades-long oeuvre.

Julião Sarmento
He studied painting and architecture at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts. He 
began exhibiting film, video, sound, painting, sculpture, installation and multimedia in the early seventies, but also developed several site-specific projects. He has exhibited his work extensively around the world in solo and group shows. Sarmento represented Portugal at the Venice Biennial in 1997. His work is represented in several museums and private collections, including an artist room showing at London's Tate Modern in 2010 and a major retrospective at Museum Serralves in 2012/2013.

Bush House Lecture Theatre 1, King's College free entry, registration needed


9 Dec

2:00 pm

St. John Bosco

Insanium (+ Q&A)

Insanium + Q&A
Portugal/UK, 2010 / 
Dir. Rui Pedro Sousa / 18’ / 12A*

Winner of short film of the year at CinEuphoria

Two young brothers find a dead body while walking through the forest. This discovery will trigger a chain of events that will change their lives forever. For a generation captivated by series such as Stranger Things, this screening, and the ensuing conversation with a member of the Festival MotelX, will offer a younger audience a glimpse of how professionals working in the genre made a start in industry as well as an opportunity to ask questions and better understand the filmmaking process.

In partnership with Festival MotelX


St. John Bosco, Parkham St, Battersea - entry by invitation only

*Locally Classified


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

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2nd edition
Cinema and Literature
10 – 30 Nov 2011

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3rd edition
Architecture and Film
10 – 30 Nov 2012

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

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

Go To 2017


9th edition
“Film and Music”
30 Oct – 29 Nov 2018

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Director and Producer:
Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Producer and Public Relations:
Fernanda Franco

Programming Support:
Francisco Rocha

Co-curator Julião Sarmento
Screening and Presentation: 
Bruno Marques

Miguel Rodrigues

Production Assistant:
Daniela Cacioli

Photography - Julião Sarmento:
Catarina Rodrigues

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