LATE ESSAYS: J.M. COETZEE as literary critic

South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and a guest of the LEFFEST in three editions, assembles in Late Essays: 2006 – 2017  his work on the field of literary criticism of the last eleven years.

THE BEAUTIFUL SMILE: Pivotal book by NAN GOLDIN reissued

The Beautiful Smile, originally published in 2007 on the occasion of Nan Goldin’s Hasselblad Award and since out of print, has been reissued by Steidl.

INSTANT STORIES: WIM WENDERS’ Polaroids in an exhibition and a book

Instant Stories, an exhibition held at the Photographers’ Gallery in London until February 11th, and a book to be launched on the 19th of the same month by Schirmer Mosel, tell the story of Wim Wenders' fascination with Polaroid photography.

LAURIE ANDERSON: new record and book out in February 2018

Laurie Anderson, a guest of the LEFFEST at several of its editions, has two new works scheduled for the next month of February: a record, Landfall, in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, and a book, All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Essays on Pictures, Language and Code.


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

TESNOTA: social realism in the bleak heart of Russia

Tesnota/Closeness, the first film of Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov, who films the ethnic and religious divides in the bleak heart of Russia, received the LEFFEST- Jaeger-LeCoultre Best Film Award.

COCOTE: an original visual cocktail

Cocote, directed by Dominican filmmaker Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias received the Special Jury Prize João Bénard da Costa, for its vision and innovation.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME: the agony and ecstasy of a first love

Luca Guadagnino’s Call me By Your Name was the film that won the Audience Award NOS.

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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