It’s time once again to celebrate independent films in Lisbon. True cine-philes, who appreciate unique techniques, nonlinear stories, experimentation, and raw, gritty film-making, are lining up to participate in the 12th edition of IndieLisboa. This 11-day event, filled with hundreds of screenings, special events, talks and concerts, unspools 23 April to 3 May.
260 films will roll out at IndieLisboa 2015. 86 are long form and 174 are shorts. 35 Portuguese films will also be screened with 20 competing for a national prize. In total, there will be 208 film sessions taking place at Culturgest, Cinema São Jorge, Cinema Ideal and Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema.
Something new and different for 2015 is the Mouth of Hell section. These are films programmed specifically for midnight screenings. These aren’t for the faint of heart. If you like thrills and chills, check out films like: Goodnight Mommy, In the Basement and White Bird in a Blizzard.
Also in this edition, there are special screenings at the festival including Portuguese premieres, such as the awaited The Portuguese Falcon, by João Leitão, and acclaimed international premieres, such as Göran Olsson’s Concerning Violence.
Click here to see a full list of IndieLisboa 2015 films.
Competition plays a significant part of IndieLisboa. Films in these two key categories follow:
These are films that have never been publicly screened in Portugal, and which were completed within the last two years. These can encompass first or second works, fiction, animation, documentaries or experimental films.
Feature Length Films in Competition:
■ Aferim! – Radu Jude, Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic, Fiction, 2015
■ Christmas, Again – Charles Poekel, USA, Fiction, 2014
■ Ela Volta na Quinta/She Comes Back on Thursday – André Novais Oliveira, Brazil, Fiction, 2014
■ Güeros – Alonso Ruiz Palacios, Mexico, Fiction, 2014
■ Koza/Goat – Ivan Ostrochovský, Slovakia/Czech Republic, Fiction, 2015
■ Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry, USA, Fiction, 2014
■ Melbourne – Nima Javidi, Iran, Fiction, 2014
■ Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storys in the Air – Phillip Warnell, UK/Belgium/USA, Documentary, 2014
■ Quand Je Ne Dors Pas – Tommy Weber, France, Fiction, 2014
■ Sivas – Kaan Mujdeci, Turkey/Germany, Fiction, 2014
■ Une Jeunesse Allemande/A German Youth – Jean-Gabriel Périot, France/Switzerland/ Germany, Documentary, 2015
This section provides national and international recognition to Portuguese films finished within the last two years, and have their world premier at IndieLisboa.
Feature Length Portugal National Films in Competition:
■ Gipsofila/Gypsophila – Margarida Leitão, Portugal, Documentary, 2015
■ Os Olhos de André/The Eyes of André – António Borges Correia, Portugal, Fiction, 2015
■ A Toca do Lobo/The Wolf’s Lair – Catarina Mourão, Portugal, Documentary/Fiction, 2015
■ Uma Rapariga da Sua Idade/A Girl of Her Age – Márcio Laranjeira, Portugal/USA, Documentary/Fiction, 2014
Additional sections at the festival include: Silvestre, featuring films that are not afraid to follow unexpected paths, refuse impositions or seek alternative routes; Independent Hero, a retrospective section dedicated to those who go beyond the mainstream in filmmaking, with this year spotlighting Mia Hansen-Løve and Whit Stillman; IndieJunior, programmed for children between three year-old and fifteen year-old; Director’s Cut, a program of recently restored or rediscovered titles; IndieMusic, films, mainly documentaries, focusing in music; and, Brand New, Brand New examining works of young filmmakers taking their first steps .
For more information, visit the IndieLisboa website.
Regular Screenings – €4.00 (€1.00 more for 3D films)
Portuguese Cinema Screenings – €3.20
Indie Junior – €1.00
Festival Screening Locations:
Cinema São Jorge
Av. da Liberdade, 175
Rua do Loreto, 15/17
Edifício Sede da CGD, Rua Arco do Cego, 50
Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema
Rua Barata Salgueiro, 39
Indie film fan? See our coverage of:
■ IndieLisboa 2014
■ IndieLisboa 2013
■ IndieLisboa 2012