2nd Portuguese Film Festival in London

The Portuguese Film Festival returns to London after a successful debut last year. The festival will be taking place between the 10th and 30th November with movies screening at Ritzy, Clapham Picture House and the Barbican.

The focus of the festival will be on adaptations of Portuguese literature and will include a special session at the Barbican, with classic silent film Os Lobos (directed by Rino Lupo) being accompanied by Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa.

Here’s the full list of films showing at the festival, organised by cinema.

Ritzy Cinema

Opening Film
Mysteries of Lison (Mistérios de Lisboa)
Preview (to be released in the UK in December)
Thursday 10th November @ 18:30
Portugal/France 2010 Dir. Raúl Ruiz 266 min

This epic retelling of the novel by Camilo Castelo Branco has been widely hailed as the highpoint of Raúl Ruiz’s career. Mysteries of Lisbon thrusts the viewer into a veritable whirlwind of escapades, coincidences and revelations, violent passions and love affairs, all wrapped up in a rhapsodic voyage that takes us from Portugal to France, to Italy, and as far as Brazil. In this Lisbon of intrigue and hidden identities, we encounter a series of characters all somewhat linked to the destiny of Pedro da Silva, orphan in a boarding school. Winner of the ‘Louis-De Luc’ award for best French film.

In French, Portuguese and English with English subtitles
Note: This film will be screened with a small interval

Morning Undersea (Manhã Submersa)
Sunday 20th November @ 18:30
Portugal 1980 Dir. Lauro António 131 min

Adapted from the 1953 homonymous novel by Virgílio Ferreira, the film traces the portrait of a country in an era when the children of low-income families looking to improve their social status, were forced to enter the seminary. This is the story of a child set against the austerity of the house of D. Estefânia, the snow, the sensuality of his native village (Linhares, Serra da Estrela, north east of Portugal) and the silence of the seminar walls.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

The Crime of Father Amaro (O Crime do Padre Amaro)
Tuesday 22nd November @ 18:30
Mexico/Spain/Argentina/France 2002 Dir. Carlos Carrera 118 min

Based on one of de Queiroz’s most controversial novels. A fresh, out of the seminary, Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal, “Y Tu Mama Tambien”) is sent to the small town of Los Reyes to assist the aging Father Benito. Or is he? The young priest’s eyes are immediately flung open when he sees Sanjuanera (Angelica Aragon, “A Walk in the Clouds”). The bishop (Ernesto Gomez Cruz) sees in the pliant young priest the perfect tool for his political manoeuvring, but will he overlook “The Crime of Father Amaro”?

In Portuguese with English subtitles

Disquiet (Filme do Desassosego)
Thursday 24th November @ 18:30
Portugal 2010 Dir. João Botelho

Directed by one the greatest Portuguese film directors, João Botelho, Disquiet is based on the “Book of Disquiet” written by one of Fernando Pessoa’s heteronyms: Bernardo Soares. The Book of Disquiet is widely considered as one the great literary works of the 20th century. The film was a success with audiences and film columnists in Portugal and was distributed sui-generis, outside the mainstream channels. It was screened in cultural centres and alternative venues across Portugal.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

A Bee In The Rain (Uma Abelha na Chuva)
Sunday 27th November @ 18:30
Portugal 1972 Dir. Fernando Lopes 75 min

A Bee in the Rain is an adaptation of the homonymous novel by the neo-realist writer Carlos de Oliveira. It is one of the works of the so-called New Cinema, a Portuguese cinematic trend that assimilated aspects of the French Nouvelle Vague. A Bee in the Rain is the stark portrait of a poor and isolated country, suffocated by totalitarianism, and stranded in rural immobility.

Shorts Session
Wednesday 30th November @ 18:30

This programme follows the theme of this year’s Portuguese Film Festival, presenting seven short films tied to literature. Like a novel, a short story or a poem, the films use different languages to build their own internal logic. Approaches such as surrealism and fantasy, irony and humour or realism and metaphor create dream-like worlds and prompt cultural recollections that stimulate our consciousness and open new possibilities of engagement with daily life.

Exotic Bird (Pássaro Exótico)
US-Portugal 2011, Dir. Inês Portugal, EXP, 1’30”

Lovecinema (CinemaAmor)
Portugal 1999, Dir. Jacinto Lucas Pires, FIC, 16’35”

Candid (Cândido)
Portugal 2007, Dir. Zepe (José Pedro Cavalheiro), ANI, 11’20”

Portugal 2011, Dir. Gabriel Abrantes, EXP, 17’

Canticle of All Creatures (Cânticos Das Criaturas)
Portugal 2006, Dir. Miguel Gomes, FIC, 24′

Sailor Dogs (Cães Marinheiros)
Portugal 2007, Joana Toste, ANI, 6’30”

Before Tomorrow (Antes De Amanhã)
Portugal 2007, Gonçalo Galvão Teles, FIC, 16′

All shorts in Portuguese with English subtitles

Standard – £10.00 online
Members – £8.00 online
Concessions £9.00
Child £6.00

Box Office: 0871 902 5739 (calls cost 10p a minute from a BT landline)

The Barbican Cinema

The Wolves (Os Lobos)
+ Live Music by Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa
Sunday 13th November @ 16:00
Portugal 1923 Dir. Rino Lupo 83min

Introduced by Tiago Baptista from the Portuguese Cinemateque, Rino Lupo’s biographer and responsible for the restoration of the film

Based on a play by Francisco Lage and João de Oliveira, Rino Lupo makes one of the most captivating films of the Portuguese silent era. The film is shot entirely on location in Serra da Estrela and Foz do Douro with nonprofessional actors. The wolves in the title are the two protagonists; wildly violent in their desires and impulses. The sea and the mountains push heavily, encircling their psyches and ways of life.

The film – which is a UK premiere – will be accompanied by live music composed by Luis Soldado, conducted by Maestro Rui Pinheiro, and performed by Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa.

In Portuguese with English intertitles

Standard – £9.50 online (£10.50 full price)
Barbican Members – £7.50 online (£8.50 full price)
Concessions – £8.50

Box Office: 020 7638 8891

Picturehouse Clapham

Blindness (Ensaio sobre a Cegueira)
Tuesday 15th November @ 18:30
Canada/Brazil/Japan 2008 Dir. Fernando Meirelles 121 min

Fernando Meirelles’ film is an adaptation of the homonymous novel by Portuguese writer José Saramago. The blindness of the title is a ‘white blindness’ epidemic that spreads rapidly trough the population of a big city; the metaphorical plot of an apocalyptic world dominated by an animal-like people that seeks to question human nature’s limits and contradictions when faced with extreme situations. The star-studded cast includes Julianne Moore, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover and Mark Ruffalo.

The Murmuring Coast (A Costa dos Múrmurios)
Tuesday 29th November @ 18:30
Portugal 2004 Dir. Margarida Cardoso 115 min

Evita’s arrival in colonial Mozambique, to wed soldier Luís, is as full of hope as Portugal’s clutch on its African colonies is friable. The war murmurs its violence on the coastal vignette in front, as Evita starts to retreat from a love she no longer recognises, to abandon herself in a world she cannot understand. Based on Lídia Jorge’s homonymous novel, this is a febrile portrait of the end of Portuguese colonialism in the 1960s, mirrored in a woman’s complex relationship with masculinity, coloured and cycled by the supreme photography of Lisa Hagstrand and the beautiful music of Bernardo Sassetti.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

Standard: £9.00 online
Members: £7.00 online
Concessions: £8.00
Child and Teenagers (15-17): £6.00

Box Office: 0871 902 5727 (calls cost 10p a minute from a BT landline)


10th-30th November 2011
2nd UK Portuguese Film Festival
See above for details of all venues, screenings and ticket details

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