Following 4 successful years dedicated to exploring the relationship between film and the arts, Filmville’s Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival celebrates this year its 5th edition with an exceptional programme: 5 contemporary films from Portugal and Brazil united by the theme of freedom. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Carnation revolution that ended almost 50 years of dictatorship in Portugal. The 5 films in the programme all treat the concept of freedom in different but complementary ways. From freedom of speech in Manuel Mozos's brilliant collage assembled entirely from censored footage, to freedom of sexual orientation in Joaquim Pinto's award-winning autobiographical documentary, to freedom of creation with Ana Maria Magalhães' electrifying portrait of urbanist Affonso Eduardo Reidy, to freedom of choice in Alê Abreu's spellbinding contemporary fairytale, and last but not least to utopian freedom in João Dias' outstanding piece on one of Europe's major social and architectural programmes, the SAAL project. 3 of the films will be presented with introductions that will hopefully serve as catalysts for a wider debate.

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Sun

7 Dec

3.45 pm

ICA

Now What? Remind Me

E Agora? Lembra-me / Portugal, 2013 
Dir. Joaquim Pinto / 160'

Renowned for his long international career as a sound engineer, with directors such as Werner Schroeter, Raoul Ruiz and Manoel de Oliveira, Joaquim Pinto surprised international audiences with his breathtaking new film Now What? Remind Me, a remarkably personal essay on love, suffering and the ephemerality of life. Shot over a year, during which the director repeatedly took time off for treatment of his long-term H.I.V. and Hepatitis C infections, Now What? Remind Me is a mesmerising experiment that counterpoises the discomforts of the flesh with the comforts of filmmaking. A film on the personal freedom to strive and to love against all odds. It won the FIPRESCI Prize and Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 2013.

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Sun

7 Dec

2.30 pm

ICA

The Devil is a Woman – A Few Cuts Censorship III

Introduction by Gareth Evans

Cinema – Alguns Cortes: Censura III / Portugal, 2014 
Dir. Manuel Mozos / 45’

Manuel Mozos’ third film on censorship focuses on the Dictatorship’s wilful deletion of all manner of scenes containing a female presence. As can be imagined, the presence of women in shots that could rouse desire or suggest any form of emancipation allowed for a veritable slicing machine, under whose scissors passed not only British and American movies, but also films from the golden age of Italian cinema. The Devil is a Woman is also a window into the changing shape of distribution that, up to the 1970s, licensed German and other cinematographies into the same theatres that now serve only Hollywood and its derivatives - we are left to wonder what happened to european distribution since then. It is not by chance that the Viennale 2012 dedicated the Programme IN Focus to Manuel Mozos. His work is as original as it is audacious and historically relevant.

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Sun

7 Dec

11 am

Barbican Centre

The Boy and The World

O Menino e o Mundo / Brazil, 2013 
Dir. Alê Abreu / 80'

This wordless, sensuously original animation follows Cuca, a Brazilian boy, as he ventures from his simple country home into the neon-infused, carnivalesque metropolis in search of his father. Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s immensely creative work employs everything from mosaics to watercolours, to samba and hip hop rhythms, to tell a story of contrasts between country and city and deprivation and wealth. With hardly a line of dialogue spoken all the way to the surprising and emotional finale, this is a beautiful essay on the freedom to dream and the power of reverie, and a real treat for both adults and children. It won the Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Youth Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Sat

6 Dec

4.15 pm

Barbican Centre

Operations SAAL: A Radical Architecture Project

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As Operações SAAL / Portugal, 2007 
Dir. João Dias / 90’

The most complete and compelling documentary about the SAAL (Ambulatory Support Service) movement: a groundbreaking experiment in Portuguese architecture and urbanism, which emerged with the fall of the dictatorship in 1974, led by architects such as Álvaro Siza and Souto de Moura. SAAL aimed to tackle the housing needs of underprivileged populations, by involving them, together with intellectuals and artists, in direct participation in architectural planning and production. SAAL was one of the most innovative European projects of its time, helping to modernise long-held perspectives on social housing and opening up the field of play to popular participation. This year, Portugal celebrates 40 years of democracy and of the SAAL movement.

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Sat

6 Dec

2.30 pm

Barbican Centre

Reidy — Constructing Utopia

Introduction by Ana Araújo

Reidy, A Construção de uma Utopia / Brazil, 2009 
Dir. Ana Maria Magalhães / 77’

The urbanist Afonso Eduardo Reidy is one of the leading figures of Brazilian modernism. Born in Paris and with a career devoted to transforming the landscape of his beloved Rio de Janeiro, Reidy was catapulted to the spotlight when he won the first prize at the 1953 International Biennale of São Paulo with the seminal housing project Conjunto Habitacional do Pedregulho. In the following decades, Reidy worked in various important assignments, which have since become Rio de Janeiro landmarks, like the Museum of Modern Art, the Aterro building and the Flamengo Park. Reidy’s work is guided by a strong belief in the liberating and transformative powers of architecture.

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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 and the ICA.

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2010

1st UK Portuguese
Film Festival
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2010

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2011

2nd UK Portuguese
Film Festival
10 – 30 Nov 2011

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2012

3rd UK Portuguese
Film Festival
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2012

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2013

4th UK Portuguese
Film Festival
27 Nov – 8 Dec 2013

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Team

Director:
Erica Faleiro Rodrigues

Associate Director:
Guilherme Blanc

Press:
Fernanda Franco

Producer: 
David Pinho Barros

Assistant Producer:
Leonor Pinho

Graphic Design:
Maria João Macedo
(after an original design with
Carlos Azeredo Mesquita)

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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. Filmville is run by Erica Faleiro Rodrigues and Guilherme Blanc, with external help from freelancers and key institutions.

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