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



2nd UK Portuguese
Film Festival
10 – 30 Nov 2011

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



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

Go To 2013
Reidy — Constructing Utopia



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Erica Faleiro Rodrigues

Associate Director:
Guilherme Blanc

Fernanda Franco

David Pinho Barros

Assistant Producer:
Leonor Pinho

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

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 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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