Filmville proudly announces UTOPIA – the Fourth UK Portuguese Film Festival. Showcasing an exciting international line-up selected around the thematic of Film, Memory and Landscape, this is the most ambitious UKPFF yet, expanded to include mostly recent productions and emerging talent.
The programme combines contemporary works by renowned directors such as London Film Festival habitués Zézé Gamboa (The Hero) and João Pedro Rodrigues (Two Drifters), along with productions by new directors Portuguese Salomé Lamas and Brazilian Marcelo Lordello.
The selection weaves together a cross-cultural narrative of surprising connections, presenting a rare opportunity to discover more about the artistic and cultural singularity of production from countries such as Angola, Portugal, Guinea Bissau and Brazil. Among this year’s festival selection is Emmy Award-nominated Brazilian actor Lázaro Ramos, who plays ‘Joãozinho’ in Zezé Gamboa’s The Great Kilapy – a witty portrait of the last decade of Portuguese rule in Angola.
In association with their Pop: Images of Desire, Barbican Cinema will be showing a one-off special archive session from Portuguese New Cinema pioneer Antonio da Cunha Telles. His first feature The Circle stood out for its unusual format and thorough photography.
Other highlights are the playfully over-baked melodrama about an ill-fated preoperative transsexual in João Pedro Rodrigues and João Guerra da Mata’s (To Die Like a Man) The Last Time I Saw Macao, which received Special Mention at the Locarno International Film Festival 2012 and Best Debut with honorable mention at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, João Viana’s The Battle of Tabato, both showing at ICA.
Best First Feature and Best National Film at Doclisboa 2012 Salomé Lamas’ No Man’s Land reveals the shocking story behind the scenes of a hit man’s life in the Portuguese colonial war era.
Once again in partnership with TAP airlines, the festival is offering two return flights to Portugal. The winners will be announced by Christmas. The Portuguese Embassy in London and Instituto Camões in Portugal support the event.
Ciné Lumière (£10, £8 con) 17 Queensberry Place SW7 2DT +44 (0) 20 7871 3515
Barbican Cinema (£11.50, £10.50 con) Silk Street EC2Y 8DS +44 (0) 20 7638 8891
ICA (£10, £8 con) 12 Carlton House Terrace SW1Y 5AH +44 (0) 20 7766 1452
Genesis Cinema (£8.50) 93-95 Mile End Rd E1 4UJ +44 (0) 20 7780 2000
More information about the films and festival guests, visit: www.utopiafestival.org.uk
Filmville was founded in 2007 with the aim of curating and promoting film events around Portuguese speaking countries’ cultures in the UK. Since 2010, Filmville has programmed the annual UK Portuguese Film Festival, working with institutions such as the Barbican Arts Centre, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut français, the Tricycle Theatre and the Picture House. Fimville is run by Erica Faleiro Rodrigues and Guilherme Blanc, with external help from freelancers and key institutions.