For its 8th edition, Utopia Festival is celebrating the many facets of the relationship between film and the written text. The festival will start with a two day conference at King’s College entitled “From Text to Screen and Back to Text. Film and Literature – The Portuguese Context”. This colloquium will host two days of presentations and debates. In addition, the festival will also feature Q&As with film directors João Botelho, Margarida Gil and Paulo Filipe Monteiro, and the screening of films by these important directors. For the first time, the festival will also partner with the Essay Film Festival in the organisation of a live poetry reading, by Margaret Jull Costa and Pedro Mexia, of selected works by writers Jorge de Sena and Sofia de Mello Breyner, followed by a screening of Rita Azevedo Gomes’s “Correspondences” and a Q&A with the director, chaired by Sight & Sound film critic Kieron Corless. Also a first in its 8 year history, the festival has taken up the challenge of hosting a screening for school children, giving London schools the opportunity to discover the work of filmmaker João Nicolau. The relationship between cinema and literature will take a turn with the showcasing of films by Fernando Vendrell and Edgar Pêra, the latter with an introduction by producer João Pinto Sousa. To further widen exposure to Portuguese spoken cinema, the festival will screen a film by João Botelho at FACT Liverpool and a film by Brazilian film director Helena Soldberg at the Embassy of Brazil in London.

   
   
Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, Festival Director

Disquiet

From Text to Screen and Back to Text
Film and Literature – The Portuguese Context

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Mon

13 Nov

11.30 am

Old Commitee Room

Conference: Panel 1

Chair: Ana Medeiros

Understanding Film and Literature through
Portuguese Documentaries

by Ana Soares, Universidade do Algarve / CIAC – Centro
de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação, Portugal

António Macedo and Fernando Namora: Eros and Thanatos
in Sunday Afternoon

by Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, University of London /
Birkbeck College, UK

Written Films: Hitchcock’s Nightmare and Cronenberg’s
The Double, according to Ana Teresa Pereira

by Amândio Reis, Universidade de Lisboa / CEC – Centro
de Estudos Comparatistas, Portugal

free entry

Mon

13 Nov

2.30 pm

Old Commitee Room

Conference: Panel 2

Chair: Ana Bela Morais

Writers are good characters
by Paulo Filipe Monteiro, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / IFILNOVA – Instituto de Filosofia da Nova, Portugal

Different kinds of Freedom: Solveig Nordlund's
relationship with Literature

by Ana Catarina Pereira, Universidade da Beira Interior / LabCom.IFP – Comunicação Filosofia e Humanidades, Portugal

Vergílio Ferreira and Film: The Seduction of Eternity
in a Mirror Metamorphosis

by Luís Miguel Oliveira Barros Cardoso and Teresa de Lurdes Frutuoso Mendes, Escola Superior de Educação e Ciências Sociais / IPP – Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Portugal

free entry 

Mon

13 Nov

4.30 pm

Old Commitee Room

Conference: Panel 3

Chair: Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Eccentricities of a Film Adaptation:
the Portuguese Classic The Maias 

by Ana Cabral Martins, Universidade Nova de Lisboa /
FCSH – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal

The writer on film: Modalities of the representation of writing in the films of João Botelho and Peter Greenaway

by Bruno Fontes, Universidade de Coimbra / CLP – Centro
de Literatura Portuguesa, FLUC (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra), Portugal

Haunted Pages, Haunted Screens:
Wenceslau de Moraes and Paulo Rocha

by José Bértolo, Universidade de Lisboa / CEC – Centro
de Estudos Comparatistas, Portugal

free entry 

Mon

13 Nov

6.30 pm

Nash Lecture Theatre

João Botelho in conversation

João Botelho in conversation with Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

+ Screening of Disquiet (more info bellow)

free entry

Tue

14 Nov

11.00 am

Old Commitee Room

Conference: Panel 4

Chair: Ana Catarina Pereira

O Delfim: from page to image. How does Fernando Lopes
film the writing of José Cardoso Pires 

by Ana Bela Morais, Universidade de Lisboa / CEC – Centro
de Estudos Comparatistas, Portugal

Reimagining Lisbon during World War II: Hollywood’s adaptation of The Conspirators 

by Rui Lopes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / IHC – Instituto
de História Contemporânea, Portugal

Mysteries of Lisbon: Literature materialization in images, bodies and atmosphere  

by Caterina Cucinotta, Universidade Católica / CECC –
Centro de Estudos em Comunicação e Cultura, Portugal

free entry 

Tue

14 Nov

1.30 pm

Old Commitee Room

Conference: Panel 5

Chair: Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

A kaleidoscopic experience in Manoel de Oliveira’s
Inquietude (Anxiety)
 
by Patrícia da Silva Cardoso, Universidade Federal do Paraná / CEP – Centro de Estudos Portugueses, Brazil

Camilo, Agustina and Oliveira – a share of genius between literature and film 

by Rita Benis, Universidade de Lisboa / CEC – Centro
de Estudos Comparatistas, Portugal

António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro: Ways of working

by Raquel Morais, University of London / Birkbeck College, UK

free entry 

Tue

14 Nov

3.30 pm

Anatomy Museum

Margarida Gil in conversation

Margarida Gil in conversation with Rita Benis

free entry

Tue

14 Nov

5.00 pm

K.019 Room

Book launch: Portugal's Global Cinema

Portugal's Global Cinema – Industry, history and culture, edited by Mariana Liz

Book launch and drinks with the presence of Sally Faulkner

free entry

Tue

14 Nov

6.30 pm

Nash Lecture Theatre

Paulo Filipe Monteiro in conversation

Paulo Filipe Monteiro in conversation with Helder Macedo

+ Screening of Zeus (more info bellow)

free entry

Cinema – Adaptation and Found in Translation

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Mon

13 Nov

6.30 pm

King's College

Disquiet (Screening + Q&A)

Disquiet / Portugal, 2010
Dir. João Botelho / Drama / 90’

+ Q&A with João Botelho

Directed by one the greatest Portuguese film directors, João Botelho, Desassossego is based on The Book of Disquiet written by one of Fernando Pessoa’s heteronyms: Bernardo Soares. The Book of Disquiet is widely considered as one the great literary works of the 20th century. The film was a success with audiences and film columnists in Portugal and was distributed suigeneris, outside the mainstream channels. It was screened in cultural centres and alternative venues across Portugal.

In partnership with King’s College.

free entry
   

Tue

14 Nov

6.30 pm

King's College

Zeus (Screening + Q&A)

Zeus / Portugal/Algeria, 2017
Dir. Paulo Filipe Monteiro / Drama / 117’

+ Q&A with Paulo Filipe Monteiro

Zeus tells the unique story of Manuel Teixeira Gomes, the 7th elected President of Portugal, who held office between 1923 and 1925, the tumultuous times forerunning the rise of the fascist Estado Novo in 1926. The film focuses on Teixeira Gomes’s talents as a sensual and uninhibited writer, exploring his erotic themes and also his openness to the mediterranean cultures. A progressive politician, Gomes became dispirited with the rise of authoritarianism in Portugal and left the country aboard the freighter Zeus that gives the film its name. The narrative centres around Gomes’s idiosyncratic character, without ever renouncing the historical context giving rise to his departure. This uncommon mixture of the broad and the personal is enhanced by Dead Combo and Bernardo Sasseti’s excellent soundtrack.

free entry
   

Sat

18 Nov

11.00 am

Birkbeck College

Correspondences (Poetry Reading)

+ Poetry reading by Margaret Jull Costa and Pedro Mexia
(11.00 – 12.30 am)

The screening of Correspondences by Rita Azevedo Gomes features a complimentary reading of Jorge de Sena and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen’s poetry by Margaret Jull Costa and Pedro Mexia.

During his forced 20-year-long exile (he never returned to Portugal), Jorge de Sena kept an epistolary correspondence with Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. These letters are testimony to the profound friendship between the two poets, letters of longing and desire to “fill years of distance with hours of conversation”. Through excerpts and verses, a dialog is established, revealing their divergent opinions but mostly their strong bond, and their efforts to preserve it until their last breaths.

In partnership with Essay Film Festival with the support of Instituto Camões and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS).

free entry. registration needed
 

Sat

18 Nov

1.30 pm

Birkbeck College

Correspondences (Screening + Q&A)

Correspondences / Portugal, 2016
Dir. Rita Azevedo Gomes / Documentary /145’

+ Q&A with Rita Azevedo Gomes and Kieron Corless

During his forced 20-year-long exile (he never returned to Portugal), Jorge de Sena kept an epistolary correspondence with Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. These letters are testimony to the profound friendship between the two poets, letters of longing and desire to “fill years of distance with hours of conversation”. Through excerpts and verses, a dialog is established, revealing their divergent opinions but mostly their strong bond, and their efforts to preserve it until their last breaths.

This special event features a complimentary reading of Jorge de Sena and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen’s poetry by Margaret Jull Costa and Pedro Mexia. And the director, Rita Azevedo Gomes, will also be in conversation with Kieron Corless.

In partnership with Essay Film Festival with the support of Instituto Camões and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS).

free entry. registration needed
 

Tue

28 Nov

4.30 pm

Ciné Lumière

John From (Screening)

John From / Portugal, 2015
Dir. João Nicolau / Drama / 100’

João Nicolau’s second feature gracefully portrays the dreamy and tender universe of teenage first love. Set in Telheiras, the director and his co-writing sister’s childhood neighbourhood, this is a homage to long summer days and teenage imagination, and a love letter to one of Lisbon’s uptown residential districts. John From once again brings us the director’s unique sense of humour, in a tropical fairytale journey from suburban Lisbon into the oceans of the South and then back again to a transformed “Exotic Republic of Telheiras”.

Tue

28 Nov

6.30 pm

Ciné Lumière

Skin (Screening)

Skin / Portugal, 2006
Dir. Fernando Vendrell / Drama / 102’

A gripping melodrama, infused with Almodovarian female sensitivity and Pop-art visual invention, along with shades of Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life. Set in Lisbon in the 1970s, it tells the story of Olga, the beautiful and intelligent love child of a wealthy entrepreneur, who realises that, despite her ostensible status, she will never be fully accepted by either peers or society, being the daughter of her father's mistress and also mixed race. While essentially serious in tone, savagely depicting the dysfunctional state of post-Salazar Portugal, this film also presents a veritable feast of period kitsch and visually opulence. Based on an original idea by Henrique Galvão (1895-1970).

book tickets £12 / £10 conc.
 

Wed

29 Nov

8.40 pm

Ciné Lumière

Muddy River (Screening + Introduction)

Muddy River / Portugal, 2007
Dir. Edgar Pêra / Drama / 90’

+ Introduction by João Pinto Sousa

The bizarre and tragic ballad of an impossible love between a nameless topographer and Leonor, the swamp-flower. A love soon to be destroyed by the forces of Man. Teresa Salgueiro, the ethereal voice of Madredeus, is the flower, the protégée of a Socratic director (and his goat Plato). In a world devoid of other women, she is kept safe from any temptations of the flesh by her strict and grotesque Aunt. A sound-track entirely played by the workers (Fado and Bossa Nova singers) reveals parallel narratives of suspicion and conspiracy that unfold to the pace of unconscious forces, leading to a confrontation between Man and River. Inspired by a hypnotic story by Branquinho da Fonseca (1905-1974).

book tickets £12 / £10 conc.
 

Thu

30 Nov

6.30 pm

FACT Liverpool

Disquiet (Screening)

Disquiet / Portugal, 2010
Dir. João Botelho / Drama / 90’

Directed by one the greatest Portuguese film directors, João Botelho, Desassossego is based on The Book of Disquiet written by one of Fernando Pessoa’s heteronyms: Bernardo Soares. The Book of Disquiet is widely considered as one the great literary works of the 20th century. The film was a success with audiences and film columnists in Portugal and was distributed suigeneris, outside the mainstream channels. It was screened in cultural centres and alternative venues across Portugal.

book tickets £12.20 / £10.20 conc.
   

Fri

1 Dec

6.30 pm

Embassy of Brazil

Diary of a Provincial Girl (Screening)

Diary of a Provincial Girl/ Brazil, 2004
Dir. Helena Soldberg / Drama / 101’

Helena Soldberg’s Vida de Menina is a reenactment of Helena Morley’s life between 1893 and 1895, the period the writer dedicated to penning her teenage secret diary, and a turbulent time in Brazil that followed the abolition of slavery (1888) and the proclamation of its First Republic (1889).  The film recreates the author’s life and her country’s story during this brief spell, based upon the incisive and intelligent observations she left in her extraordinary diary. Morley, the daughter of an Englishman, lived with her family in the remote town of Diamantina, a colonial village once known for its gold and diamond mining. Helena Morley is the pseudonym under which Alice Dayrell wrote her diary and the only book she ever published. It has acquired such growing importance as to be considered one of the great works of Brazilian literature.

free entry. registration needed
  

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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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2014

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

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2015

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

Go To 2016
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Team

Director and Producer:
Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Producer and Public Relations:
Fernanda Franco

Programming and Production Assistant:
Daniela Ribeiro

Translator:
Miguel Rodrigues

Graphic Design:
Maria João Macedo
(assisted by Nuno Maio)

Production Assistants:
Catarina Rodrigues
Nikoletta Todorova
Agata Ostaszewska

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.

Muddy River

K

King's College London

Strand, WC2R 2LS

T: Charing Cross, Temple and Embankment

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L

Ciné Lumière

17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT

T: South Kensington

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E

Embassy of Brazil in London

14-16 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL

T: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus and Embankment

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B

Birkbeck College

43 Gordon Square, WC1H OPD

T: Russell Square, King's Cross and Euston

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F

FACT Liverpool

88 Wood Street, Liverpool – L1 4DQ

T: Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street

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