The singular voices at IndieLisboa

Choosing films that reflect some of the most singular voices of today is one of the higher notes of the festival’s program. If it’s a fact that this marks the entire festival program, it’s also relevant to highlight many of these films that bring the cinema from all over world to Portugal, by condensing new visions, a new imagination and a constant need to chase what’s new in the world of moving images.

Let’s start with the debut feature of the duo that marks the focus of this year’s Silvestre section. Jessica Forever debuted in Toronto and has since fueled a buzz of praise across the globe. Jessica Forever burns in violent romanticism: in a dystopian future where bloodthirsty youngsters form a matriarchal family clad in bulletproof vests and love. A first feature that is the culmination of the duo’s work in the short films (they won the Golden Bear in 2014) – which can be seen this year in Focus Silvestre. The retrospective is integral (films made in double and individually) and there will be a performance gaming that will be the highest moment of this focus.

Burning, Lee Chang Dong’s latest film, which was shown in competition at the last Cannes Film Festival and was considered by the media as one of the most important films of the year 2018. After eight years without filming, Lee Chang-dong returns to large screen with an adaptation of a short story by Haruki Murakami from the book ‘The Elephant Evaporates’. A mystery story built on a love triangle to which one of the vertices disappeared. A disturbing psychological puzzle that burns slowly over the riddles of youth. According to the director himself, this is a film about the anger of younger generations, their sense of powerlessness and how they are aware that their lives will be worse than their parents.

Shortly after we screened Offside at IndieLisboa 2007, Jafar Panahi was arrested and banned from filming for 20 years by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran. However, 3 Faces is already the fourth film that the director does illegally, and his return to the female world and the social difficulties women face in their country. Three women of three generations, three actresses to play actresses and one video within one film within another, with Panahi to make of itself. A complex set of mirrors that brings us back to the best of modern Iranian cinema.

Returning to the festival is also the filmography of Mike Leigh, one of the most renowned British filmmakers today. Screening in the Silvestre section will be Peterloo, a reenactment of the massacre of the same name, resulting from the attack of the British crown to a peaceful pro-democracy demonstration.

We close today’s list with I Was at Home But, by Angela Shanelec, winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, also premiering in IndieLisboa’s venues. A touching drama that tracks how a teenager’s existential issues can redefine the eyes of the adults around her.

Here are the winners of the Portuguese Film Fund of 2019

Created in 2011, the Portuguese Film Fund is a complementary tool to support the post-production of Portuguese films, a partnership with Fundação GDA, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT), Digital Mix Música e Imagem, The Yellow Color, e a Portugal Film – Agência Internacional de Cinema Português. The pitching of the eight Portuguese projects took place before an international jury during IndieLisboa 2019. This year’s winners have been announced:

DocNomads (ULHT)

1.500€, attributed to a documentary

18, Rui Esperança, short, doc., Prod. Fora de Campo Filmes

Digital Mix Música e Imagem

Post-production services in sound for two films (one feature and one short film)

18, Rui Esperança, short, doc., Prod. Fora de Campo Filmes

O Soldado Nobre, Jorge Vaz Gomes, feature, doc., Prod. Kintop

Fundação GDA

6.000€ for the creation of original music, awarding a feature film (€ 4,000) and a short film (€ 2,000), or alternatively three short films (each € 2,000)

Colmeal, Márcio Laranjeira, Sérgio Braz d’Almeida, short, fic.

Raposa, Leonor Noivo, short, doc., Prod. Terratreme

Suspensão, Luís Soares, short, anim., Prod. Filmes do Gajo

The Yellow Color

Two days of image post-production

Ave Rara, Vasco Saltão, short, fic., Prod. Terratreme

This year’s Jury was composed of David Santos/Noiserv (musician), Fabianny Deschamps (director, artistic advisor), Maria Delgado (programme advisor, critic, BFI London Film Festival) and Weronika Czołnowska (head of industry at New Horizons Film Festival).

Congratulations to everyone involved!

IndieLisboa presents a restored copy of The Apartment in a screening by idealista

It is one of the most iconic works of world cinema. The Apartment won five Oscars, three of which went to producer, director and screenwriter, Billy Wilder. A classic that mixes, in perfect doses, comedy and drama, purity and cynicism. Jack Lemmon is an employee who seeks to rise in the hierarchy, giving up his apartment for the extramarital affairs of his employers.

This edition of IndieLisboa, in partnership with idealista, will present a screening with a restored version in 4K of the film, from the original 35mm negative, by Park Circus in collaboration with MGM.

The screening will take place on May 12th at 15h, at Culturgest. Buy tickets now on Ticketline’s website or on the festival’s central ticket booths.