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JONATHAN DEMME: A cinema with “something wild”

The director, producer and screenwriter Jonathan Demme, left us today. His cinema was always marked by a strong sense of freedom, something wild which allowed him to tackle different genres, escape labels and crossover between mainstream and independent cinema. He was a guest of the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival in 2015, which paid him a tribute with a retrospective of 19 of his films.

CINDY SHERMAN: "Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011" at the Mnuchin Gallery in New York

The influential American photographer and director Cindy Sherman, who was a guest and member of the Official Selection Jury of the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival in 2009, presents the exhibition Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011 in an intimate space, that of the Mnuchin Gallery, in New York.

“The Cleaner”: first major retrospective in Europe of MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ’s work

Following the release, last October, of her memoir, Walk Through Walls, artist Marina Abramović, a pivotal reference of performance art, to whom the LEFFEST’12 dedicated one of its CinemArt sections, presents The Cleaner, a retrospective look at 50 years of work, including a section of early pieces never shown before.

JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI: Retrospective at the Toulouse Cinémathèque

From April 11th to May 4th, the Toulouse Cinémathèque dedicates a retrospective to the work of Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski, a guest of the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival in 2008, 2015 (where 11 minutes, his most recent film, won the Best Film Prize) and 2016, of which he was a member of the Jury of the Official Selection – In Competition.

PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI: Mozart, Schumann and his film “Warsaw is my name” in the new work “Fantasies”

In the new CD and DVD, Fantasies, Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski interprets Mozart and Schumann and releases his film Warsaw is my name, which was screened in a world premiere in the 2016 edition of the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival.

BARBET SCHROEDER: Complete Retrospective at the POMPIDOU CENTRE in April

The Pompidou Centre will dedicate a complete retrospective to the work of Barbet Schroeder, in his presence, from April 21st to June 11. Schroeder was a guest of the 2015 edition of the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, which paid him a tribute.

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 11th edition, which will take place from the 17th to the 26th of November, 2017, 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 restrospectives 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 2017, 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 2017 LEFFEST places Lisbon, Sintra and the country once more in the tour of the major film festivals in the world.
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