LisbonTalks Universidade Lusófona and Industry Screenings

LisbonTalks Universidade Lusófona have started, with a programme that will be held mostly online. On this edition, dedicated to promotion, distribution and film exhibition in Portugal, only the talks around director Sarah Maldoror’s work will happen in person. Unless otherwise stated, registration is not required and access is free.

POSTPONED:September 2 at 17:00 |
online via Facebook
The popularity of streaming services has been destroying the “home cinema” market. However, the desire to own the media that one consumes has led to the boom of the vinyl record and film collecting, particularly special boutique editions. It would not be a finished conversation without talking about piracy and film sharing in circles of cinephilia. One has to have taste, and good taste.

Moderated by: Ricardo Vieira Lisboa

With: Pip Chodorov, Adrian Martin
Anette Dujisin

August 31 at 17:00 | online via Facebook
Art house theatres and the work of film clubs and festivals as alternative exhibition circuits are important for the films they show, both for the audiences they create and nurture and for the inherent dynamization of the areas where they are located. There has never been a greater need for these kinds of theatres than now. How can this expansion be carried through? We will explore spaces in the European context and take the pulse of Portuguese theaters.

Moderated by: José Manuel Damásio

With: Candela Varas,
Pedro Borges, Ramiro Ledo

September 2 at 17:00 | online via Zoom/ Mário Soares and Maria Barroso Foundation Gardens
The roundtable Négritude, identities and human rights, promoted by the Mário Soares and Maria Barroso Foundation, recalls structuring topics in Sarah Maldoror’s cinematographic work to discuss the issues of racism and discrimination in Portugal, the hate speeches, the colonial heritage and inequalities in access to democratic participation.
Capacity at Mário Soares and Maria Barroso Foundation Gardens: 25 people

Moderated by: Fernanda Rollo

With: Bruno Sena Martins,
Jorge Vala, Annouchka de Andrade

Explore the documentation that can be found at the Mário Soares e Maria Barroso Foundation, on the life and career of Sarah Maldoror, here.


SARAH MALDOROR’S CINEMA with Annouchka de Andrade
September 3 at 18:00 | Cinemateca Portuguesa Terrace
A roundtable around IndieLisboa 2021’s retrospective. Based on Maldoror’s work, we will reassess and continue her political, social and ethnographic study. Decisive work in the struggles against colonialism and revolutionary movements that aimed to promote black culture. Now more than ever, the previously filmed and discussed topics are still unresolved.

With: Annouchka de Andrade, Maria do Carmo Piçarra,
Marta Lança, Raquel Schefer, Joana Ascensão

September 4 at 17:00
| Online via Facebook
In 2020, the most discussed and awarded films, nationally and overseas, were directed by two women: Ana Rocha de Sousa’s Listen and Catarina Vasconcelos’ The Metamorphosis of Birds. The Three Female Directorsprogram with films by Sofia Bost, Mariana Gaivão and Leonor Teles and the features Amor Fati by Cláudia Varejão and Listen welcomed the Portuguese audience back to the theaters. It is necessary to keep on working and showcasing the cinema made by women in Portugal.

Moderated by: Mariana Liz

Com: Anastasia Lukovnikova,
Susana Nobre, Tota Alves, Filipa Reis

September 5 at 17:00 | Online via Facebook
There is without a doubt, a challenge in distributing and selling short films and taking them to other audiences that are not the festival-goers, but recent cases in Portugal prove otherwise. We’re talking about the 2017 program Three New Portuguese Shorts and the most recent, Three Female Directors which is being shown outside our country. What future might short films have after or even during their festival run?

Moderated by: Ana David

With: Michiel Philippaerts,
Catherine Colas, Wouter Jansen


The Lisbon Screenings and the Portuguese Film Fund, portuguese film screenings for international professionals, are currently happening. The feature films Around Rocha’s Table by Samuel Barbosa and Granary Squares by Gonçalo Lamas (world premiere) are also part of the festival’s programme. The short films Blindman’s Buff by Tomás Paula Marques, What Remains by Daniel Soares and Sleep Tight by Catarina Ruivo will have their world premieres in this edition’s National Competition.


Tomorrow at 14:00 the first Portuguese Film Fund & PLOT pitching session will be held. Registration is required and the session is open to all industry professionals, with or without accreditation.

The Portuguese Film Fund award cerimony takes place this tuesday, August 31, at 17:30 in Bblioteca Palácio Galveias. The jury is composed of musician Salvador Sobral,  Jeonju Festival programmer Sung Moon, and the artistic director of the Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Daniel Ebner.

Open Air Cinema

This year, the open air screenings return to Cinemateca’s terrace and to Biblioteca Palácio Galveias’ garden. Films from sections such as Director’s Cut, Retrospective, IndieJúnior or even International Competition can be seen under the moonlight.

Cinemateca | Terrace Screenings

Watching the Detectives | Chris Kennedy + Forensickness | Chloé Galibert-Laîné | Director’s Cut

Watching the Detectives, Chris Kennedy | exp., 2017, 36′
A film that illuminates the ways in which real investigations in virtual communities are carried out, such as on reddit or 4chan, exemplified by the events that followed the tragedy of the Boston Marathon in 2013, through the possibilities of crowdsourcing.

Forensickness, Chloé Galibert-Laîné | doc., 2020, 40′
Chloé Galibert-Laîné analyzes Chris Kennedy’s Watching the Detectives and the content produced after the Boston attacks. At the same time, Galibert-Laîné uses Structuralism, film editing and her academic language in her own investigation.

Mon. 21:30 | August 23

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas | F.W. Murnau | Director’s Cut In Context

The last film by German director F.W. Murnau, it was produced by Robert Flaherty, in turn responsible for Nanook of the North (1922), the first successful feature-length documentary in American cinemas. This film is divided into two parts, “Paradise” and “Paradise Lost”, showing the experience of a couple on a Polynesian island, colonized and explored by western France.

Tue. 21:30 | August 24 | Tickets

Blood | Pedro Costa | Director’s Cut In Context

The Portuguese director’s first feature film points to a palimpsest of cinephile references that never cloud Pedro Costa’s authorial imprint. In this film, Vicente and Nino’s life becomes even more unmoored after the abandonment of their father. Clara tries to help them, but it’s a world where survival is a constant struggle. With Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Ferreira and Inês de Medeiros.

Wed. 21:30 | August 25 | Tickets

Silver River | Raoul Walsh | Director’s In Context

A western with Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan that tells the story of the soldier Mike McComb, the determined Georgia Moore and Silver City, where McComb opens a thriving saloon. The film, based on a story by Stephen Longstreet, is known for not having an ending — declared as finished by the studio before it was completed, due to the bad behavior of its stars that led to increased production costs.

Thu. 21:30 | August 26 | Tickets

Hopper/Welles | Orson Welles | Director’s Cut

Filip Jan Rymsza, who had already produced The Other Side of the Wind – A Welles film kept in a shelf for 40 years and released in 2018 – returns with this conversation between two magisterial figures of American cinema, filmed in 1970. In the two hours of this visual document unknown until now, the two directors vividly debate, questioning the nature of their work and violence in the United States, among other topics. A historical record.

Fri. 21:30 | August 27 | Tickets
Tue. 21:30 | August 31 | Tickets

The Green Years | Paulo Rocha | Director’s Cut In Context

A classic of Portuguese cinema that marks the emergence of Paulo Rocha and the New Cinema wave. Júlio (Rui Gomes) and Ilda (Isabel Ruth), two working-class youngsters trying to make it in Lisbon, will see their relationship marked by tragedy.

Sat. 21:30 | August 28 | Tickets

Around Rocha’s Table | Samuel Barbosa | Director’s Cut

A classic of Portuguese cinema that marks the emergence of Paulo Rocha and the New Cinema wave. Júlio (Rui Gomes) and Ilda (Isabel Ruth), two working-class youngsters trying to make it in Lisbon, will see their relationship marked by tragedy.

Mon. 21:30 | August 30 | Tickets

Sarah Maldoror 4, 80′ | Retrospective

À Bissau, le carnaval, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1980, 18′
Cap-Vert, un Carnaval dans le Sahel, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1979, 28′
Fogo, l’île de feu, Sarah Maldoror | 1979, 34′

Thu. 21:30 | September 2 | Tickets

Sarah Maldoror 6, 83′ | Retrospective

L’Hôpital de Leningrad, Sarah Maldoror | fic., 1982, 59′
Vlady, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1989, 24′

Fri. 21:30 | September 3

Le Passager du Tassili | Sarah Maldoror | Retrospective

A telefilm that faithfully adapts Akli Tadjer’s novel, Les A.N.I du Tassili — “unidentified Algerians”, indicates, the acronym. Like the book, the film follows an Algerian who grew up in France, but will visit the birthplace. He eventually returns, along with the ANI returning from their vacations to go back to the Parisian banlieues, happy to be there.

Sat. 21:30 | September 4 | Tickets

Sarah Maldoror 10 – Retratos de Artistas, 62′ | Retrospective

Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 2008, 13′
La Tribu du Bois de L’É, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1997, 12′
Miró, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1979, 5′
Wifredo Lam, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1980, 4′
Alberto Carlisky, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1980, 4′
Vlady, Sarah Maldoror | doc., 1989, 24′

Mon. 21:30 | Septembter 6 | Tickets

Biblioteca Palácio Galveias | Garden Screenings

Shiva Baby | Emma Seligman | International Competition

Shiva is a weeklong period of mourning for the Jewish religion and also an opportunity to honor those who have passed away as well as their family. This acerbic comedy puts a young Jewish woman in the thankless position of having to face the most claustrophobic shiva possible, where she finds herself confronted with an ex-girlfriend, a secret sugar daddy and multiple snooping relatives.

Wed. 21:15 | August 25 | Tickets

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn | Radu Jude | Silvestre

A satire of the global pandemic that we still live in. This film begins with a sex tape that goes awry. At stake is the life and career of Emi, a teacher who is forced by her students’ parents to resign. However, Emi refuses. Recommended for those who enjoy transgressive cinematic experiences – in the best sense.

Thu. 21:15 | August 26 | Tickets

The Nowhere Inn | Bill Benz | IndieMusic

Bill Benz, in his first feature film, reunites with Carrie Brownstein (from the band Sleater-Kinney), with whom he worked on the comedy she created with Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live), Portlandia. Brownstein is the author of the script alongside Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent. The idea, in this mockumentary psychological thriller, is to explore who the “real Annie” is through the eyes of her best friend, Carrie.

Fri. 21:15 | August 27 | Tickets

Family Ties, 53′ | (3+) Whole Family | IndieJúnior

A screening with ten short films created to entertain the whole family!

Sat. 21:15 | August 28 | Tickets

Poly Styrene: I am a Cliché | Celeste Bell, Paul Sng | IndieMusic

Poly Styrene, from the English band X-Ray Spex, saw the Sex Pistols in 1976 and converted to punk rock. This film, directed by Paul Sng and the singer’s daughter, Celeste Bell, portrays a musical icon who has become a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements, having revolted against the racist, sexist and oppressive structures in England, at the end of the 20th century. The opposite of a cliché.

Sun. 21:15 | August 29 | Tickets

The Witches of the Orient | Julien Faraut | International Competition

As mulheres da equipa feminina de vólei japonesa que ganhou a medalha de ouro nos Jogos Olímpicos de 1964, em Tóquio, eram conhecidas como “As Bruxas do Oriente”. Ainda hoje mantêm um recorde de 258 vitórias consecutivas. Agora, nos seus setenta anos, reencontram-se num passeio por memórias, com direito a sequência de anime e um olhar brincalhão, repleto de referências pop.

Wed. 21:15 | September 1 | Tickets

Mouth of Madness Shorts, 93′ | Mouth of Madness

Rendang of Death, Percolate Galactic | anim., 2020, 7′
Flick, Ariel Zengotita | fic., 2020, 10′
A Stranger from the Past, Jan Verdijk | fic., 2020, 5′
The Thing that Ate the Birds, Dan Gitsham/Sophie Mair | fic., 2021, 12′
Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother, Stephen Irwin | anim., 2020, 9′
Survivers, Carlos Gómez-Trigo | fic., 2020, 6′
T’es morte Hélène, Michiel Blanchart | fic., 2020, 24′
Flex, David Strindberg/Josefin Malmen | fic., 2020, 4′
Bobby Pinwheel, Rob Kleinschmidt | anim., 2020, 4′
Metube 3: August Sings “Une Furtiva Lagrima”, Daniel Moshel | fic., 2020, 10′

Thu. 21:15 | September 2 | Tickets

Ney under the skin | Felipe Nepomuceno | IndieMusic

Anthological documentary that traces the impact of the music, performances and ideas by Brazilian singer Ney Matogrosso, from the second half of the twentieth century, through archival footage of his concerts and interviews over the decades.

Fri. 21:15 | September 3 | Tickets

Hello World! | Anne-Lise Koehler, Éric Serre | 6+ | IndieJúnior

“What happened? – “You were just born”. “And where did I come from?” – “From an egg”. “And before that?” – “From a bird”. “And before that?”
For several brand new, just-hatched animals of different species – such as the owl, the turtle, the salamander or the beaver – the world is a fresh and mysterious place, with all its magic and danger, ready to be discovered.

Sat. 21:15 | September 4 | Tickets

Delphine’s Prayers | Rosine Mbakam | International Competition

A raw documentary about Delphine, a young Cameroonian woman who is carrying a suffering that has sprouted horns. Rosine Mbakam’s camera keeps its eye on Delphine, without looking away or illustrating what she expresses. Cameroonian-born and Belgium-based, Mbakam and her cinema, which has focused on the migrant experience, explore themes such as the weight and dominance of patriarchal societies over African women and the Western culture’s sexual, colonial exploitation.

Sun. 21:15 | September 5 | Tickets