For its 7th edition, the Utopia festival asked British film critics Kieron Corless and Jonathan Romney, the writer Hélder Macedo and the painter Paula Rego to select the films they perceived as the most relevant in contemporary Portuguese Cinema. Seven wishes granted us, seven truly outstanding films. The result is one of the most original and striking programmes in the history of the festival, a collection of films that entails an eclectic take on Portuguese culture and its recent history. All screenings will be accompanied by an introduction or a screentalk. Through the hand of independent filmmaker Manuel Mozos, Sight & Sound film critic Kieron Corless' choice will give us a true insight into the mind of legendary director of the Portuguese Cinematheque João Bénard da Costa, a figure akin to Henry Langlois that epitomizes boundless cinematic passion. Paula Rego’s and Kieron Corless’ choices provide us with a bird’s eye view on the work of Portuguese women filmmakers, both in documentary and in fiction, in the originality of Joana Pontes’ and Rita Azevedo Gomes’ films. Jonathan Romney’s and Hélder Macedo’s choices, in the shape of award winning films on recent Portuguese colonial history, afford us food for though. And Hélder Macedo’s curatorial insight helps us bring to London the work of José de Sá Caetano and João César Monteiro, key filmmakers and intelligent and beautiful films that give us an intuition of Portugal’s contemporary cinema, culture and utopias.

Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, Festival Director

Ruins Within
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Letters from War

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The Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival has existed for seven years thanks to the support of Instituto Camões of Portugal, the institutional backing of the Portuguese Embassy in London and sponsorship from TAP. The festival works in partnership with King’s College, Birkbeck College University of London and Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema. The festival is curated by Filmville.

The Portuguese XX Century


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


6th edition
Women and Film
17 – 22 Nov 2015

Go To 2015



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Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

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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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