Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


13th edition: November 15 to 24, 2019

"Moving pictures can still do what they have been invented for one hundred years ago. They can still be moving."
Lisbon Story, Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders, celebrated in this year’s LEFFEST (Lisbon Story and The State of Things, amidst Lisbon and Sintra – the two cities where, in a continuous movement, the festival takes place), states he learned from Ozu that “cinema’s biggest adventure is life itself”.

It is within cinema and life, ours and others’, faraway, so close, within the lives of many characters we shall find onscreen, that resist, and fight, and make us believe, that is made yet another LEFFEST edition – the 13th. It reunites directors, actors, artists, musicians, philosophers, activists, spectators, to celebrate the seventh art and, with and from it, ponder the world, the state of things.

A Competition including 11 films, arising from the four corners of the world. The most anticipated premieres, some of which find in the festival a unique opportunity to be seen in theatres. The tributes and retrospectives on Christian PetzoldWillem DafoeStephen FrearsCorneliu PorumboiuRita Azevedo GomesAlice RohrwacherDamien Manivel and José Miguel Ribeiro, who will be with us to discuss their work. The special sessions, featuring Marighella, Wagner Moura’s film hindered from Brazilian and world theatres; the Mão Morta film-concert; Margarite Duras’ Hiroshima Mon Amour brought to us, in a rare moment, by Fanny Ardant; Teresa Salgueiro’s concert, dedicated to Wenders. The Educational Program. The masterclasses.

And two very special initiatives: the international symposium RESISTANCES, gathering activists, politicians and creators who, around the world, resist and fight against oppression, and LOOKING FOR HOMELAND, rethinking, through a cycle of cinema and debates, the concept of “homeland”. We return to Wenders’ films, where Herzog proclaims: “Where life enters us directly, there is cinema. And that will surely survive.”

Welcome to LEFFEST’19!

Age rating ot the festival: M/18


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