Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Symposium “The Arts and The Public in the Post-Pandemic World” at LEFFEST’20

Between the 14th and the 17th of November, LEFFEST presents the symposium  “The Arts and The Public in the Post-Pandemic World”, a moment of reflection about the effects that the ongoing crisis has had on the arts and culture sectors. The event will take place at Teatro Tivoli BBVA and Cinema Medeia Nimas, and will welcome creatives and programmers representing different artistic fields: Music, Cinema, Literature, Performative and Plastic Arts, and Fashion.

The symposium kicked off today at 9 a.m., at Teatro Tivoli BBVA, with a programme dedicated to Fashion. Following the screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread (2017), a debate was held with textile designer Constança Entrudo and the director of ModaLisboa, Eduarda Abbondanza. At 9.30 a.m., Harry Fischbach’s Parlons cinéma: Capítulos 1-7 (1976) was screened at Cinema Medeia Nimas, as part of the section dedicated to Cinema, followed by a debate with Frédéric Bonnaud, director of the French Cinematheque, and Paulo Branco, producer, distributor and film exhibitor.

The creative forum will carry on tomorrow, the 15th of November, at 9.30 a.m. at Teatro Tivoli BBVA, with a programme dedicated to Performative and Plastic Arts. The event will open with the screening of The Golden Coach (1952) by Jean Renoir, from which a debate will ensue with Bernard Marcadé, art critic and curator; Marie-Laure Bernadac, curator, Neville Wakefield, curator and writer; Rui Horta, choreographer and dancer; Tiago Rodrigues, actor and theatre director; Nithya Iyer, artist and researcher; and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, curator, who will be delivering a video presentation.

On Monday, the 16th of November, at 2 p.m., the symposium’s programme will be devoted to Literature. Starting off with the screening of Danielle Arbid’s most recent film Passion Simple(2020), which occasions the release of the Portuguese edition of the book of the same name, published by Livros do Brasil/Porto Editora and translated by Tereza Coelho, the event will then proceed with a conversation with the filmmaker. Afterwards, there will be a debate with the writer Rui Cardoso Martins, the bookseller and founder of the famous Ler Devagar bookshop José Pinho and the book publisher São José Sousa. The programme closes with the reading of some excerpts of “Passion Simple” by actress Catarina Wallenstein.

On Tuesday, the 17th of November, the symposium will close with a programme dedicated to Music, which will begin with a concert by one of the greatest pianists alive, Piotr Anderszewski. The concert is followed by a conversation between Anderszewski, filmmaker and musician Bruno Monsaingeon, director of Orquestra sem Fronteiras and author of the programme A Lira de Orfeu Martim Sousa Tavares, musician Pedro Abrunhosa and director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Music Service Risto Nieminen. The programme will conclude with the screening of unreleased footage disclosing the famous soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan through the lens of filmmaker Mathieu Almaric.
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