screentalk with Joao Nicolau
Bird of Prey
Rapace / Portugal, 2006 / 25'
Multi-award winning short (Best Short at Entrevues and Milan Film Festival), Rapace is a witty, surrealist coming of age tale, depicting the apathetic life-style of young middle-class students in contemporary Portugal.
Song of Love and Health
Canção de Amor e Saúde / Portugal, 2009 / 35'
The story of João, the only employee of Morais Key Cutting shop. His daily routine is broken by the arrival of Marta, a Fine Art student who brings an unusual request. The key that João duplicates for her opens wide more than a single door.
The Gift of Tears
O Dom das Lágrimas / Portugal, 2012 / 27'
Commissioned by Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, The Gift of Tears tells the story of an encounter between a princess and a hunter. An iconographic and fantastical journey immersed in the symbols of Portuguese history.
A Wild Goose Chase
Gambozinos / Portugal, 2013 / 18'
Winner of the Illy Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2013, the eccentric A Wild Goose Chase tells the story of a 10 year-old boy who struggles with the trials and tribulations of life during a summer camp. Troubled by young thugs and rejected by the girl of his dreams, he finds that in the forest he will not be threatened by the mythical “wild haggis”.
Por aqui tudo bem / Angola, 2011
Dir. Pocas Pascoal / 96'
Directed by the Angolan Pocas Pascoal, All is Well won Best Narrative Film at the 2012 edition of the LA Film Festival. The film follows two Angolan sisters as they flee conflict in their homeland and start a new life in Lisbon where they struggle to survive on the streets. As the jury of the LAFF stated, filmmaker Pocas Pascoal has transformed her personal story of exile from Angola into a deeply affecting cinematic drama, whose power is particularly impressive for a first-time feature.
screentalk with João Viana
A Batalha de Tabatô / Guinea-Bissau/Portugal, 2013
Dir. João Viana / 78'
First-time feature director João Viana explores music, sorcery and post-colonial angst in Guinea-Bissau in this fable-like drama, which won him Best Debut with honorable mention at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. Much like Tabu, The Battle of Tabato finds a Portuguese film-maker reflecting on his nation’s imperial legacy in Africa, using stylish monochrome visuals and a playful fairy-tale narrative. However, unlike Tabu’s director Miguel Gomes, self-produced first-timer Joao Viana tells here a contemporary story, featuring native Africans as his main protagonists.
O Cerco / Portugal, 1970
Dir. António da Cunha Telles / 111'
A glance at the world of advertising in the late 60s, in which beautiful girls strive for independence but fall prey to a society commandeered by men. This is the story of Marta (Maria Cabral), a young girl wanting to leave her husband in search for her true identity. A landmark of Portuguese New Wave Cinema, The Circle was sold out for three months when it was first released.
A última vez que vi Macau / Portugal, 2012
Dir. João Pedro Rodrigues e João Guerra da Mata / 85'
Part memoir, part city symphony, part noirish B-movie adventure, this new feature from acclaimed filmmaking duo João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata (To Die Like a Man) is a sensual, shape-shifting ode to one of the world's most mythic, alluring and exotic cities. Special Mention at the Locarno International Film Festival’12.
Domésticas / Brazil, 2013
Dir. Gabriel Mascaro / 76’
Gabriel Mascaro’s documentary is a tragicomic yet intimate portrait of a group of housemaids and their work with families across a wide social spectrum. The film is shot by the families’ teenage children following the director’s instructions, allowing for an unusual and insightful perspective on the hard lives of these women and the roles they play in each household.
Terra de Ninguém / Portugal, 2012
Dir. Salomé Lamas / 72' (doc)
Best First Feature and Best National Film at Doclisboa 2012, No Man’s Land is a poignant, interview-based documentary about a man who worked as a soldier, mercenary and assassin from the period of the Portuguese colonial war (1961-74) until the 1990s, in collaboration with unexpected governmental agencies.
screentalk with Marcelo Lordello
Eles Voltam / Brazil, 2012
Dir. Marcelo Lordello / 100’
Marcelo Lordello’s directorial debut narrates an episode in the life of a white upper middle-class Brazilian teenager, who gets lost from her parents and begins a journey through a series of different social and ethnic realities in contemporary Brazil. Best film at the Brasilia Festival of Brazilian Film in 2012 and Tiger Award nominee at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012.
screentalk with Zézé Gamboa
O Grande Kilapy / Angola, 2011
Dir. Zézé Gamboa / 100’
Zézé Gamboa's sardonic historical drama follows a good-hearted, politically apathetic con man who, on the eve of the Angolan independence in the mid-1970s, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration – and soon after finds himself hailed as a national liberation hero.
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The Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival is supported by the Portuguese Embassy in London, Instituto Camões and TAP, in collaboration with the Barbican Centre, the ICA, the Institut Français and the Genesis Cinema.
1st UK Portuguese
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2010
2nd UK Portuguese
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2011
3rd UK Portuguese
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2012
Erica Faleiro Rodrigues
David Pinho Barros
Carlos Azeredo Mesquita
Maria João Macedo
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 Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut français, the Tricycle Theatre and the Picture House. Fimville is run by Erica Faleiro Rodrigues and Guilherme Blanc, with external help from freelancers and key institutions.
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