Queer Lisboa, Portugal’s oldest film festival dedicated to screening films relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transsexual themes, is back for its 18th edition. More than 135 feature length and short films from 38 countries will unspool during the 12-day event. Queer Lisboa 18 runs from 19 to 27 September.

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Opening the festival will be The Way He Looks (Brazil), by Daniel Pinheiro.  Reaching for the Moon (Brazil), by Bruno Barreto, has been selected as the closing film.

A highlight of Queer Lisboa 18, no doubt, will be a retrospective of cult director John Waters’ films, including Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974), Desperate Living (1977), and Hairspray (1988). Also screening is Polyester (1981), which debuted the Waters’ “smell-o-vision” concept of using scratch-and-sniff cards containing odors corresponding to scenes from the movie.

Queer Lisboa 18 - John Waters (photo Greg Gorman) Queer Lisboa 18 - Pink Flamingos
(left) John Waters, (right) Divine in “Pink Flamingos”

Five new films by Portuguese director Antonio da Silva make their national premiere at the festival. These include: Beach 19, Cariocas, Nudes Dudes and Pix.

This year’s Queer Focus section is dedicated to the African continent, presenting not only the political and cultural diversity of this continent, but also, the many ways cinema has dealt with issues related to sexuality and gender.

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Scene from “Last Summer”

Click here for the full screening schedule.

Films screening in competition include:

Feature Films in Competition

Appropriate Behavior – (USA, United Kingdom, 2014), Desiree Akhavan
Armée du Salut, L’ / Salvation Army – (Morocco/France/Switzerland, 2013), Abdellah Taïa
Atlántida – (Argentina/France, 2014), Inés María Barrionuevo
Last Summer – (USA, 2013), Mark Thiedeman
Party Girl – (France, 2014), Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis
Rosie – (Switzerland, 2013), Marcel Gisler
Something Must Break / Nånting Måste Gå Sönder – (Sweden, 2014), Ester Martin Bergsmark
Stand – (France, 2014), Jonathan Taieb
Tontos y los Estúpidos, Los / The Silly Ones and the Stupid Ones – (Spain, 2014), Roberto Castón
Xenia – (Greece/France/Belgium, 2014), Panos H. Koutrasº
Yo Soy la Felicidad de Este Mundo / I Am Happiness on Earth – (Mexico, 2014), Julián Hernández

Documentary Films in Competition

American Vagabond – (Finland/Denmark, 2013), Susanna Helke
Castanha – (Brazil, 2014), Davi Pretto
Everything but Oom-Pa-Pa – (Germany, 2014), Kerstin Polte
Fantasmi di San Berillo, I / The Ghosts of San Berillo – (Italy, 2013), Edoardo Morabito
Fuoristrada / Off Road – (Italy, 2013), Elisa Amoruso
Hello Stranger – (Switzerland, 2013), Thomas Ammann
Julia – (Germany/Lithuania, 2013), J. Jackie Baier
Profezia. L’Africa di Pasolini / Prophecy. Pasolini’s Africa – (Italy/Morocco, 2013), Gianni Borgna, Enrico Menduni
Rugby Player, The – (USA, 2013), Scott Gracheff
São Paulo em Hi-Fi – (Brazil, 2013), Lufe Steffen

Queer Lisboa 18 - Everything but Oom Pa Pa

Scene from “Everything but Oom Pa Pa”

Short Films inCompetition

Acrobat – (Canada, 2012), Eduardo Menz
Boa Noite Cinderela / Goodnight Cinderella – (Portugal, 2014), Carlos Conceição
Boys – (Portugal, 2014), Dário Pacheco, José Gonçalves
But You Are a Dog – (Sweden, 2014), Malin Erixon
Cariocas – (Portugal/United Kingdom, 2014), António da Silva
Carreteras / Roads – (Mexico, 2013), Denisse Quintero
Cigano / Gipsy – (Portugal, 2013), David Bonneville
Damn Girl / Fucking Tøs – (Denmark, 2013), Kira Richards Hansen
Frei Luís de Sousa – (Portugal, 2013), Silly Season, Kinéma
Garotas da Moda / Fashion Girls – (Brazil, 2012), Tuca Siqueira
Heile Gänsje – (Germany, 2014), Matt Lambert
I Love Hooligans – (Netherlands, 2013), Jan-Dirk Bouw
King Kong – (Greece, 2013), Nikolaos Kyritsis
Linda, Uma História Horrível / Linda, a Horrible Story – (Brazil, 2013), Bruno Gularte Barreto
Mondial 2010 – (Lebanon, 2014), Roy Dib
Neo Joe Pop – (Portugal, 2013), Daniel Pinheiro
Nubes Flotantes / Wandering Clouds – (Mexico, 2013), Julián Hernández
Pride – (Bulgaria/Germany, 2013), Pavel G. Vesnakov
Rough Trade – (Canada, 2013), Drew Lint
Simple / Einfach – (Germany, 2013), Markus Wende
This is the Way – (Netherlands, 2013’), Giacomo Abbruzzese
Trans – (United Kingdom, 2013), Mark Chapman
Verona – (Brazil, 2014), Marcelo Caetano

In My Short Competition

16 films are in competition for this award. All are produced in European film schools. The Portuguese film school, ESTC – Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, is represented with seven short films. Films in competition are:

17 Anni – (Switzerland, 2013), Filippo Demarchi
Blood, Rice and Tears / Blut, Reis und Tränen – (Germany, 2014), Johannes Rosenstein
Bonne Espérance / Good Hope – (Switzerland, 2013), Kaspar Schiltknecht
Brick / Steen – (Netherlands, 2013), Viktor van der Valk
Corpo Palco – (Portugal, 2014), Tenisha da Cruz
Extrasystole – (France, 2013), Alice Douard
Gabrielle – (Belgium, 2013), Margo Fruitier, Paul Cartron
Imóvel – (Portugal, 2014), Sérgio Galvão Roxo
Naranari – (Portugal, 2014), Tiago Vitória
Ode – (Portugal, 2014), Ana Sofia Sousa
Rebel Menopause – (United Kingdom, Italy, 2014), Adele Tulli
Recently in the Woods – (Germany, 2013), Daniel van Westen
To Love Somebody – (Portugal, 2013), Alberto Abbate, Dina Naser
Transalmada – (Portugal, 2014), Marcelo Pereira
Vítor – (Portugal, 2014), Daniela Leitão, Francisco M. Gomes, Tomás Quitério
Y Otro Año, Perdices / Once Again, Partridges – (Spain, 2013), Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz

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Scene from “São Paulo em Hi-Fi”

When the projector is turned off and the screening room lights come up…the parties begin! Queer Lisboa knows how to throw a good party. The Opening Party (Friday the 19th) starts at midnight at Teatro do Bairro in Bairro Alto. The Birkenrock Party (Saturday the 20th) feature 90’s women’s music at Ponto G. Galeria Zé dos Bois hosts Rabbit Hole: Ororo Rises (Wednesday the 24th) at 22:00. Up-and-coming DJs and artists are headliners at the Absolut Art and Party by Queer Lisboa at Ministerium Club (Friday the 26th) at Terreiro do Paço. And, last but not least, the Closing Night Party will rage all night and early morning at one of Lisbon’s most popular gay clubs, Construction (Saturday the 27th).

On 3 & 4 October, Queer Lisboa travels to Casa das Artes in Porto, with a retrospective of films from the festival This will be but a taste of what is to come, as Queer Porto debuts at Casa das Artes in October 2015.

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 | cinemasaojorge@egeac.pt
Teatro do Bairro | Rua Luz Soriano, 63 | +351 213 473 358 | teatrodobairro.geral@sapo.pt
Ministerium Club | Terreiro do Paço, Ala Nascente 72-72 | +351 218 888 454 | comercial@ministerium.pt
Galeria Bar Chic | Rua da Conceição da Gloria, 26 | +351 213 426 911
Galeria Zé Dos Bois | Rua da Barroca, 59 | +351 213 430 205 | zdb@zedosbois.org
49 ZDB | Rua da Barroca, 49 | +351 213 430 205
Ponto G | Rua da Madelena, 106 | +351 913 532 405 | projectopg2012@gmail.com.com
Construction | Rua Cecilio de Sousa, 84 | +351 213 428 971 | construction.lisbon@gmail.com

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.

Click here to see Queer Lisboa 2013
Click here to see Queer Lisboa 2012
Click here to see Queer Lisboa 2011


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