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Julian Assange – A First Step Toward Justice

A British court has just rejected the U.S. request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Stuck in London since April 2019, after spending seven years isolated at the Ecuadorian Embassy in that capital, where he sought refuge and asylum, Assange saw the widespread claims that demanded this decision accepted. These claims include ones made by the German government, which had already expressed concern about "human rights and humanitarian aspects of a possible extradition [which should not] be neglected", and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Niels Melzer, who requested his immediate release and affirmed that "prosecuting Assange for publishing true information about serious official misconduct, whether in America or elsewhere, is what is called 'killing the messenger'".

In memory of Wilson Filipe (1948-2020)

Two years ago, as part of the thematic cycle "A Desire Called Utopia", LEFFEST presented, for the first time, a version of “Torre Bela”, by Thomas Harlan, digitized by the Portuguese cinematheque, in what was the final version of the film made by the director, with a longer duration than the one that circulated in theatres around here.

Ivry Gitlis – the incandescent violin

The great violinist Ivry Gitlis (1922-2020) died at the age of 98, on Christmas Eve, in Paris, where he had lived since the 1960s. He was one of LEFFEST’s guests in 2015 and spent several days with us. He participated in a public conversation with violinist and director Bruno Monsaingeon and pianist Itamar Golan, at the Monumental cinema. He also took part in a soiree dedicated to the poet Arseni Tarkovski, at TNDMII, with pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Itamar Golan and Natsuko Inoué. Additionally, he was present at the reading of poems by Arseni Tarkovski by his grandson Andrei A. Tarkovski, Itamar Golan and Luís Caetano.

About LEFFEST - Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival

In 2021, LEFFEST will return to Lisbon and Sintra for another surprise-filled edition, from November 11th through the 205th.
Committed to a selection delivering the best of contemporary film production, the 14th edition of LEFFEST’s program will transcend the limits of cinema by bridging it with other arts and disciplines. As always, the audience may expect varied activities, the presence of important figures in the fields of art and culture, as well as the creation of a debate platform, translating the interdisciplinary engagement which has become the event’s trademark.

From the beginning, LEFFEST has hosted big names such as Francis F. Coppola, David Lynch, Bernardo Bertolucci, Agnès Varda, Emir Kusturika, Lucrecia Martel, James Gray, Lucrecia Martel, Wim Wenders, David Cronenberg, Nan Goldin, Pedro Almodóvar, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Nanni Moretti, Werner Schroeter, Léos Carax, Abel Ferrara, Piotr Anderszewski, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Teresa Villaverde, Isabelle Huppert, Don DeLillo, John Berger, Peter Handke, Wagner Moura, Maria João Pires, Fanny Ardant, Robert Pattinson, Monica Bellucci, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Alice Rohrwacher, Willem Dafoe, among many others.

Stay tuned for more exciting news!
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