Now in its 16th edition, Queer Lisboa is the only film festival in Portugal celebrating movies dedicated exclusively to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes. From 21-29 September, the festival will screen popular international full-length films from the last year, showcase queer films from Brazil and feature Portuguese-produced shorts. In total, 91 films will roll-out in venues throughout Lisbon.
The British film Weekend has been selected to open the festival. This follows Russell, who after hanging out with his straight friends on Friday night, heads over to a nightclub and meets Glen. A wild weekend in bars and bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex, creates an experience that will resonate throughout their lives.
Queer Lisboa has three sections for films in competition. This year nine personalities will have been named to three juries. The Best Feature Film Competition Jury is composed by Portuguese actress Mónica Calle, Portuguese filmmaker and art director João Rui Guerra da Mata, and João Federici, artistic director of Mix Brasil Film Festival, in São Paulo. The Best Documentary Competition Jury is composed by Portuguese artist João Pedro Vale, north-American journalist and essayist Travis Jeppesen, and Portuguese filmmaker Leonor Noivo. The new Jury of the Best Short Film Competition is composed by British programmer Paul Macgregor, Portuguese actor Vítor d’Andrade, and Portuguese radio host Isilda Sanches.
Movies vying in Best Feature Film category are:
■ A Novela das 8 (Prime Time Soap) – Director: Odilon Rocha (Brazil, 2011)
■ American Translation – Director: Jean-Marc Barr (France, 2011)
■ Beauty (Skoonheid) – Director: Oliver Hermanus (South Africa/France, 2011)
■ I Want Your Love – Director: Travis Mathews (USA, 2011)
■ Keep the Lights On – Director: Ira Sachs (USA, 2012)
■ Mosquita y Mari – Director: Aurora Guerrero (USA, 2011)
■ North Texas Sea – Director: Bravo Defurne (Belgium, 2011)
■ She Monkeys (Apflickorna) – Director: Lisa Aschan (Sweden, 2011)
■ Weekend – Director: Andrew Haigh (UK, 2011)
■ Without – Director: Mark Jackson (USA, 2011)
■ Women’s Lake (Frauensee) – Director: Zoltan Paul (Germany, 2012)
Films selected for competition in the Best Documentary Film section include:
■ Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 – Director: Dagmar Schultz (Germany, 2012)
■ Children of Srikandi – Director: The Children of Srikandi Collective (Germany/Indonesia, 2012)
■ Detlef – Directors: Stefan Westerwelle, Jan Rothstein (Germany 2012)
■ El Casamiento (The Marriage) – Director: Aldo Garay (Uruguay, 2011)
■ Habana Muda – Director: Eric Brach (France/Cuba, 2011)
■ I Am Gay and Muslim – Director: Chris Belloni (Morocco/The Netherlands, 2012)
■ Jaurés – Director: Vincent Dieutre (France, 2012)
■ La Table aux Chiens (KATHAKALI) – Director: Julien Touati (France, 2011)
■ No Gravity – Director: Silvia Casalino (Germany, 2011)
■ Olhe Pra Min de Novo (Look at Me Again) – Directors: Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman (Brazil, 2011)
■ Vito – Director: Jeffrey Schwarz (USA, 2011)
Closing Night is Cloudburst, film by Thom Fitgerald. This Canadian film stars Oscar®-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker in a romantic comedy road movie. Stella and Dot are an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married.
For more information on the film festival, visit the Queer Lisboa website.
Queer Lisboa Venues:
Cinema São Jorge | Avenida da Liberdade, 175 | +351 213 103 400 | email@example.com
Ritz Clube | Rua da Glória, 57 | +351 212 417 604 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Teatro do Bairro | Rua Luz Soriano, 63 | +351 213 473 358 | email@example.com
Woof X | Rua Manuel Bernardes, 2 B | +351 213 940 480 | firstname.lastname@example.org
49 ZDB | Rua da Barroca, 49 | +351 213 430 205
Trombeta Bath | Rua do Trombeta, 1C | +351 216 095 626 | email@example.com
Construction | Rua Cecilio de Sousa, 84 | +351 213 428 971 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Ticket: 4,00€
Pack 5 tickets for the price of 4: 16,00€
Discount ticket: 3,50€ 1
Pack 5 tickets for the price of 4: 14,00€
(Discounts available for those under 25 and over 65years old, employees of the Lisbon City Hall, and members of Portuguese LGBT associations. Must present valid ID.)
All screenings are subtitled in English. Portuguese subtitles where mentioned.