Dennis Berry (1944-2021)
Director, screenwriter and actor Dennis Berry died last Saturday in Paris, where he lived. His latest film, WILD (2018), an Alfama Films and Leopardo Filmes production, in association with Bando À Parte, will soon be shown by RTP.
Alfred Brendel at LEFFEST
The pianist Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest performers of the 20th century, who came this weekend to give two lectures at the Capuchos Festival, was one of the members of the LEFFEST jury in 2012.
Monte Hellman (1929-2021) - When the director was honored by LEFFEST
“A great cinematic artist and a minimalist poet” - these were the words of Quentin Tarantino when he handed over the Special Golden Lion, in Venice, to Monte Hellman, attributed to Road to Nowhere (2010). Hellman, who was admitted to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert, California a couple of days ago, died this morning.
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'".
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.
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.