Documentary films can be riveting, thought-provoking, evocative and entertaining. From 22 October to 1 November, DocLisboa, the International Documentary Film Festival in Lisbon, celebrates this non-fiction form of story-telling. In this edition, 236 films from 40 different countries will unspool in venues around the city, including 43 world premieres, 10 international premieres, four European premieres and nine first works.

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Bella e Perduta (Lost and Beautiful) opens the festival. This film by Italian director Pietro Marcello follows a shepherd and a young buffalo as they journey across Italian landscapes.

Bella-e-Perduta Lost and Beautiful

From Opening Film “Bella-e-Perduta” (” Lost and Beautiful”)

El Botón de Nácar (The Pearl Button) a German/French/Chilean/Spanish co-production by Patricio Guzmán, has been selected to close the festival. The film tells the history of all humanity found in the ocean waters on the Chilean shores.

Films chosen to compete for festival prizes in International and Portuguese sections include:

International Competition

88:88 – Isiah Medina, Canada, 2015 (First Work)
A Distant Episode – Ben Rivers, United Kingdom, 2015 (European Premiere)
A Glória de Fazer Cinema em Portugal (The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal) – Manuel Mozos, Portugal, 2015
Allo Chérie – Danielle Arbid, Lebanon/France, 2015 (World Premiere)
And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead – Billy Woodberry, USA/Portugal, 2015 (World Premiere)
Aragane – Kaori Oda, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Japan, 2015 (International Premiere, First Work)
Babor Casanova – Karim Sayad, Switzerland, 2015 (International Premiere)
Balikbayan #1 – Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines, 2015 (European Premiere)
Dead Slow Ahead – Mauro Herce, Spain/France, 2015 (First Work)
Bella e Perduta (Lost and Beautiful) – Pietro Marcello, Italy, 2015
Diario de un Corto (Diary of a Short) – Flavia de la Fuente, Argentina/Chile, 2015 (European Premiere)
Il Solengo – Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis, Italy/Argentina, 2015 (World Premiere, First Work)
Je Me Suis Mis en Marche (I Hit the Road) – Martin Verdet, France, 2015 (International Premiere)
Kvota (Quota) – Kim Namsuk, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2015 (International Premiere, First Work)
La Visite (The Visit) – Pippo Delbono, France, 2015 (International Premiere)
Last Man in Dhaka Central (The Young Man Was, Part 3) – Mohaiemen, Bangladesh/Holland/USA, 2015 (World Premiere)
Malenkiy Prints (The Little Prince) – Olga Privolnova, Russia, 2015 (World Premiere, First Work)
Matériaux de Hongrie (Hungary Material) – Noëlle Pujol, France, 2015(World Premiere)
My Talk with Florence – Paul Poet, Austria, 2015
O Futebol – Sérgio Oksman, Spain, 2015
Schicht (Shift) – Alex Gerbaulet, Germany, 2015

La Visite

From “La Visite”

Portuguese Films Competition

Acorda, Leviatã (Wake up, Leviathan) – Carlos Conceição, Angola/Portugal, 2015 (World Premiere)
Où Est la Jungle? (Where is the Jungle?) – Iván Castiñeiras Gallego, Spain/Portugal, 2015 (World Premiere)
Portugal – Um Dia de Cada Vez (Portugal – One Day at a Time) – Anabela Moreira, João Canijo, Portugal, 2015 (World Premiere)
Raimundo – Paulo Abreu, Portugal, 2015 (World Premeire)
Rio Corgo – Maya Kosa, Sérgio da Costa, Switzerland/Portugal, 2015 (World Premeire, First Work)
Setil – Tiago Siopa, Portugal, 2015 (World Premeiere, First Work)
Talvez Deserto Talvez Universo (Maybe Desert Perhaps Universe) – Karen Akerman, Miguel Seabra Lopes, Portugal/Brazil, 2015 (World Premeire)
Vila do Conde Expraiada (Vila do Conde Extended) – Miguel Clara Vasconcelos, Portugal, 2015 (World Premeire)

Additional film sections in the 2015 edition include: Heart Beat, films with a strong link to music and the performing arts; New Visions, films expressing their voice through new realities, cinematic techniques and questioning; Cinema of Urgency, films on subject that require immediate attention by communities and governments; Green Years, films produced by students and emerging filmmakers; and, Passages, the convergence of film into museums and docs into contemporary art.

Listen to me Marlon by Stevan Riley

From “Listen to me Marlon” in the Heart Beat section

Two retrospectives are scheduled for this edition. Serbian film director Želimir Žilnik presents his works telling stories of people on the edge of non-existence, such as when communist Yugoslavia would not officially recognize its citizens could be out of work in Nezaposleni Ljudi (The Unemployed), neglected by their parents in Pioniri Maleni mi smo Vojska Prava, svakog Dana ničemo ko Zelena Trava (Little Pioneers), or homeless, Crini Film (Black Film). The I Don’t Throw Bombs, I Make Films retrospective examines how the phenomenon of terrorism should/can be represented in film while filmmakers struggle with the problem of documenting political, social and aesthetic order.

For more information, visit the DocLisboa website.

Lisbon Venues

Culturgest – Central Ticket Office
Edifício Sede da Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Rua Arco do Cego
Phone: +351 217 905 155

Cinema São Jorge
Av. da Liberdade, 175
Phone: +351 213 103 400

Cinemateca Portuguesa
Rua Barata Salgueiro, 39
Phone: +351 213 596 250/1

Cinema City Campo Pequeno
Campo Pequeno
Phone: +351 217 981 420

Museu da Eletricidade – EDP
Avenida Brasília
Phone: +351 210 028 130

Cinema Ideal
Rua do Loreto ,15

Tickets: Central Ticket Office – Culturgest
■ Standard Ticket – €4.00
■ Standard Ticket Cinemateca Portuguesa – €3.20

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