For its 9th edition, Utopia Festival is tuning into the complicity between film and music. We will be focusing on this often neglected cinematic layer, showcasing several Portuguese composers and sound architects, and culminating with an inspiring junction of Portuguese silent film and British live music. 2018’s crown jewel is the screening of Portuguese silent gem Lisbon, anecdotal chronicle, a film by legendary director Leitão de Barros, which will be accompanied live on the piano by British composer Neil Brand. The festival will kick off with a celebration of the 20th anniversary of José Saramago’s Nobel award, with the screening of António Ferreira’s adaptation of Embargo, followed by a Q&A with leading actor Filipe Castro. We are thrilled to announce that this will be on a second screening for schools, a great opportunity for London teenagers to sample foreign independent film. Once again, the festival will extend beyond London, with two screenings in Liverpool and one in Bristol,  respectively with the renowned The Nothing Factory, by Pedro Pinho, Where I Grow Old, By Marília Rocha, and Saudade’s Labyrinth, by Miguel Gonçalves. Where I Grow Old will be followed by a Q&A with leading actress Francisca Manuel, and Where I Grow Old, a co-production between Portugal and Brazil, will also be presented at the Brazilian Embassy.

Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, Festival Director

The Factory of Nothing
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The Camões Centre for Studies in Portuguese Language and Culture was created in 2010 by agreement between Instituto Camões (Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Portugal) and King's College London. The Camões Centre provides the teaching staff and the students at KCL, and other interested parties, a nucleus for the deepening of knowledge in the fields of Portuguese language, culture, history and politics, and for the participation in academic and cultural activities within these fields. It also works as a focal point for Portuguese-related activities across a range of academic disciplines at university level in the UK.

Launched in 2010, the annual Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival is programmed by Filmville to promote in the UK films from Portuguese speaking countries. The festival has partnered with institutions such as the Barbican Arts Centre, the ICA, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut français, the Tricycle Theatre and The Picture House.

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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

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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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7th edition
“7 Wishes / 7 Films
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2016

Go To 2016


8th edition
“From Text to Screen and Back to Text. Film and Literature – The Portuguese Context”
13 Nov – 1 Dec 2017

Go To 2017
Where I Grow Old



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Director and Producer:
Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Producer and Public Relations:
Fernanda Franco

Invited Programmers:
Ana Reimão (Liverpool)
José Lingna Nafafé (Bristol)

Programming Assistant:
Daniela Ribeiro

Miguel Rodrigues

Graphic Design:
Maria João Macedo

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 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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