Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


This week at LEFFEST: new films, concerts and debates

Tuesday, November 16: today begins the second half of our festival, taking place between the 10th and the 21st of this month, and we would like to prepare you for the upcoming avalanche of films, concerts and debates!

Let's begin by introducing the latest premieres in the Official Selection in Competition. Today, we have Unclenching The Fists, winner of the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes Festival – a screening where the director of the film Kira Kovalenko and actor Soslan Khugaev will both be present, at 7.45 p.m., Cinema Medeia Nimas. Other films In Competition await us this week: The Innocents, Eskil Vogt’s supernatural thriller; White Building, directed by Kavich Neang, an elegy to a building that is set to be demolished; Lorenzo Vigas’ The Box, the portrait of a structural absence in the identity of a nation; Red Rocket, where Sean Baker embarks on a new expedition to the peripheries of North American society; and Brother’s Keeper, directed by Ferit Karahan, moral drama that takes place in a Kafkaesque boarding school. Both Red Rocket and Brother’s Keeper will have special screenings where the filmmakers will be present – a virtual Q&A with Sean Baker and a conversation with Ferit Karahan.

These sessions join those of the Out of Competition section, that will be enriched by the presence of filmmakers, actors and other collaborators. Among them we can find Mathieu Amalric, returning to LEFFEST to present his latest feature film Hold Me Tight; actress Daphné Patakia, who plays Bartholomea in Benedetta – Paul Verhoeven’s new shocker – and will attend one of the film’s screenings; and the multiple guests for Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel’s colossal new project, Pathos Ethos Logos – Luis Miguel Cintra, Abbot Bernardino da Costa (Singeverga Monastery), Rafaela Jacinto (actress) and João Antunes (Doctors Without Borders Portugal), Ângela Cerveira (actress), Fabiana Silva (actress) and Martim Grange (facilitator and trainer for Climate Fresk).

This week brings us major works in contemporary cinema to be (re)discovered in our retrospective programs. Maria Speth, Tony Gatlif and Mike Dibb will attend multiple screenings of their films; Cristi Puiu and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi will participate in livestream conversations. 

Our celebration of Roma culture continues with a rich and diverse selection of films that can help us approach the experience and legacy of this people. Directors will be attending the following sessions: Eat Your Bones (2014), Jean-Charles Hue; Black Cat, White Cat (1998) and Time of the Gypsies (1988), Emir Kusturica; Run, Gypsy (1982), Tony Gatlif; Being Gypsy(1970), Peter Nestler; Gypsy Eyes (2012) and Batrachian’s Ballad (2016), Leonor Teles.

Beyond cinema, Roma culture is also the focal point of three debates: “To Be an Artist, a Woman and Rom”, where filmmakers Leonor Teles, Laura Halilovic and Katariina Lillqvist, and actress Maria Gil participate; “From Al-Andaluz to "Gran Redada" in 1749”, a talk with Manuel Martinez and Araceli Cañadas Ortega, where Ana Luísa Amaral will read some of Lorca’s poems; “Current Situation of the Rom Community in Portugal”, a conversation with Bruno Gonçalves, Maria Gil, Carlos Miguel and Piménio Ferreira.

And there are still concerts set to happen in the next days: Diego El Gavi’s powerful fusion of jazz, Cuban music and flamenco, Areno’s extraordinarily intense songs and the healthy madness of Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra.

We have a full week ahead of us at LEFFEST!

Tickets for all activities are on sale at Ticketline (Teatro Tivoli BBVA e Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval) and ActiveTicket (Cinema Medeia Nimas).

The schedule and locations of all events can be found on our Programme.
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