Utopia, the 6th UK Portuguese Film Festival will display this year a surprising mixture of great cinema: a homage to Manoel de Oliveira and, as a counterpoint, a spotlight on the work of Portuguese women filmmakers. This is the year of Manoel de Oliveira's departure (Portugal's most internationally renowned and awarded filmmaker), and a small tribute is the least the festival could have put together, in celebration of the great author's immense oeuvre. Notwithstanding, the core theme in the 2015 program is “Women and Film”, with the aim of bringing to international attention recent strong work by female filmmakers such as Margarida Cardoso, Catarina Ruivo and Marta Pessoa. The crucial question we are asking and putting forward is how the work of these talented filmmakers has remained largely unseen and unacknowledged, both internationally and at home. This year's festival will also host two free events at Birkbeck College: a documentary and a major debate and Q&A on the invisibility of women in film and in history.

Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, Festival Director

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The Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival is funded by Instituto Camões, sponsored by TAP Portugal and kindly supported by the Portuguese Embassy in London, in collaboration with the FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, the Birkbeck College, the ICA and Ciné Lumière.

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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

Go To 2013


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

Go To 2014
I'm Going Home




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Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Fernanda Franco

David Pinho Barros

Producer and Co-curator:
Leonor Pinho

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Maria João Macedo
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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 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.

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