Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival has announced today some of the highlights of its 23rd edition, to be held from the 20th to the 28th of September 2019, at Cinema São Jorge and Cinemateca Portuguesa.
One of the top highlights of Queer Lisboa 23 it’s a retrospective season of the Panorama strand, Berlin International Film Festival’s celebrated section, on its 40th anniversary. Under the title “Berlinale Panorama 40”, the strand looks back at the films that made the history of one of the most daring and inspiring showcases of independent and unaligned film (including queer film) in Europe.
In 2019, to celebrate its great achievements, the Berlinale proposed to Wieland Speck, the former artistic director with the longest tenure as the head of Panorama (1993-2017), and Andreas Struck, one of the section’s current curators, to put together a programme which would trace its history. With this season in Lisbon, programmed in collaboration with Speck e Struck, Queer Lisboa aims to look back at the queer films that made the history of Panorama, themselves directed by filmmakers for whom the Berlinale is a milestone in their trajectory.
From the programme we would highlight the features Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: A Chapter in David Wojnarowicz’s Life, 1989-1991, by Marion Scemama, a revelatory and moving mosaic of the life of the ground-breaking American political artist David Wojnarowicz, the sublime and tortured Rebels of the Neon God, Tsai-Ming Liang’s first feature, and 100 Days Before the Command, by Hussein Erkenov, a film about the intimacy shared by five Soviet soldiers who are permanently surrounded by violence. In the shorts selection of the strand you can find such pivotal queer titles as Max, by Monika Treut, and The Attendant, by Isaac Julien.
This year, the programming team of Queer Lisboa and Queer Porto Festivals viewed more than 1000 films, 490 of which were submissions, a record figure for the Festivals.
* Click here for the complete list of the titles already announced for Queer Lisboa 23.