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LEFFEST’18. DATES AND VENUES

The 12th edition of LEFFEST – Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival, which will run from the 16th to the 25th of November 2018, will bring again to the cities of Lisbon and Sintra a vast program that will gather directors, actors, artists, musicians and writers to celebrate cinema. It will take place at cinemas Medeia Monumental and Espaço Nimas, and also at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, in Lisbon, and at the Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval, Palácio Nacional e Jardins de Queluz, Palácio Nacional de Sintra and MU.SA – Museu das Artes de Sintra, in the town of Sintra, and at a movie theatre of NOS.

WILLEM DAFOE, a «monumental» and «unique» actor

WIILEM DAFOE, whom the Berlinale recognized with a lifetime achievement Honorary Golden Bear in its latest edition, and whom was again nominated for a Oscar this year, has been a regular presence at LEFFEST.

Fantastic Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs will do the opening of Berlin Film Festival on the15th of February. It is Anderson’s return to Berlin, where he was awarded the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize in 2012, for Grand Budapest Hotel.

Jonathan Demme – A Dedication

Jonathan Demme, to whom LEFFEST paid a tribute in 2015, beyond the great and eclectic body of work he left, was always a great enthusiast of the films by other directors, about which he always spoke in a very passionate way. P.T. Anderson, who was a great admirer (it was a reciprocal admiration) dedicates him his latest opus, Phantom Thread.

J.M. Coetzee's reading at LEFFEST

J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize in Literature, will publish next March Siete cuentos morales (it will be firstly released in a Spanish edition at El Hilo de Ariadna). The writer has attended LEFFEST for several times and in the year 2011 he shared an unforgettable reading with writers Don DeLillo, Siri Hustvedt and Paul Auster, in a full ‘Amphiteatro de Chimica da Escola Politécnica’.

AMERICAN UTOPIA: The new album by DAVID BYRNE to be released in March

David Byrne, a guest of the LEFFEST in 2009 and member of its Official Selection Jury, releases on March 9th his first solo album in 14 years, American Utopia.

ROOM TO DREAM: DAVID LYNCH's memoir out in June

David Lynch, who was a guest of the LEFFEST in its first edition (2007), releases in June, through Random House, his highly antecipated memoir, Room to Dream: A Life in Art.

AWARD-WINNERS OF THE LEFFEST'17

The present edition of Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival wraps up with the Official Selection's award winners.

About LEFFEST - Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival

We take great pride in our past, but we make a clear commitment to the future, with a high quality programme, that is innovative as always. And on its 12th edition, which will take place from the 16th to the 25th of November, 2018, the LEFFEST is about to bring together, once more, the best of the Seventh Art. But that’s not all. The Festival is, as always, is invested on the interconnection of different cultural offers - from cinema to literature, music or the plastic arts – and asserts itself as a favorable environemnt for the reflection and discussion of the main current topics.
More than displaying films, the LEFFEST wants to offer the audience the chance to confront ideas, to make their voices heard, by participating in the reflections and life experience of the filmmakers, thinkers and writers.

The LEFFEST provides these reflections and experiences both on the screen – through a diverse programming that includes both prestigious and emerging film productions – and live, in the several artistic displays, masterclasses, debates and symposiums programmed for each edition. The Festival ensures the best movie selection for the competition and the projection of fundamental authors in the history of cinema and young emerging filmmakers.

The LEFFEST innovates, but it also keeps what defines it: unveiling new talents, paying tribute the notable personalities, through retrospectives or complete displays, and giving voice to rare filmmakers, those who kept their production immune to the pressures of the film industry; exhibiting creations by artists whose works are strongly associated with cinema; opening new roads and audiences for the Portuguese film industry.

In 2018, the LEFFEST will have, as always since its first edition, the presence of international stars - renowned figures in the current world of cinema, arts, literature, music, thought – who will share their knowledge and experience with the audience, through conferences, masterclasses, workshops, performances, debates, exhibits and shows.

With a programme that was carefully selected by people who live and breathe cinema, the 2018 LEFFEST places Lisbon, Sintra and the country once more in the tour of the major film festivals in the world.
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