The first of the Feature Film Competition screenings will be of Lingua Franca, by Isabel Sandoval (19:00, sala Manoel de Oliveira) and Vento Seco, by Daniel Nolasco, (22:00, sala Manoel de Oliveira). While in the former we are introduced the precariousness of the situation of Olivia, a Filipino transgender woman living in Brooklyn, who desperately seeks to change her legal situation in the country through an arranged marriage, in Vento Seco we meet Sandro, a middle aged man who, in the Brazilian state of Goiás, lives comfortably in the monotony of his days, between working at a factory and having sexual encounters with a colleague, until the stranger Maicon enters the scene and disrupts his life. Two films from very different worlds that open a very strong competition which continues on Sunday, September 20, at 22:00, with Las Mil y Una, by Clarisa Navas, premiered in the most recent Berlinale, a film that invites us to the relationship of Iris and Renata who, with their group of friends, will form a queer resistance to the prejudices and rumours that involve the presence of Renata in the marginalized neighbourhood in which they live.
The Documentary Competition will start with La Casa dell'Amore, by Luca Ferri (16:00, sala Manoel de Oliveira), portrait of a transgender woman based in Milan, who earns her living as a sex work, and continues into the afternoon in sala 3 with The Art of Fallism, by Aslaug Aarsæther and Gunnbjørg Gunnarsdóttir, and Queer Genius, by Chet Catherine Pancake. The first, to be shown at 18:30, follows some of the voices of a movement against all forms of repression, which started in 2015 in South Africa with the overthrow of the statue of Cecil Rhodes in Cape Town, while at 21:30, Queer Genius poses the question “what is genius?” to several queer artists, including Barbara Hammer and Rasheedah Phillips. The next day, Sunday at 19:00, at sala Manoel de Oliveira, time for another screening in the same competition, David France's urgent Wecome to Chechnya, a documentary about the fight for human rights by courageous activists in Chechnya who, in the face of the brutal threat to the existence of LGBTQI+ people, work underground to rescue victims, providing them with safe houses or access to a visa that allows them to escape safely.
Early afternoon on Saturday, we start showing the Queer Art competition with Les Nuits d'Allonzo, by Antoine Granier (15:30, sala 3), a daydream of two young men who meet on the side of the road, and embark together on an adventure that, whether real or imagined, lived or recounted, floats in realms separated by a line as thin as the one between past and present, inscribed like an echo in the landscape of Auvergne, the place of their wanderings. From Queer Art we will have two more films on the next day, both in sala 3. At 15:30 Hiding in the Lights, by Katrina Daschner, a work in which queer structures of desire are staged, and which, in the eight parts in which it is divided, presents a journey through the origins of cinema as a place of staged visual pleasure. At 21:30, make way for Evan Purchell's Ask Any Buddy, a tribute to gay pornography as a crucial element in building identities in the 1970s.
Also on Saturday, at 18:00 in sala 2 of Cinema São Jorge, we host the event Freedom, Participation e Activism, in partnership with GAT - Group of Activists for Treatments and CheckpointLX, and part of the initiative “Lisbon Without AIDS - Fast-Track City ”, which consists of a debate preceded by the screening of the short film Thrive, by Jamie di Spirito.
On Sunday, at 16:00 in sala Manoel de Oliveira, an unmissable opportunity to watch (or rewatch) the Opening Film of the festival, Los Fuertes, by Omar Zúñiga, and later, at 18:30 in sala 3, the first of four programmes of the Short Film Competition, where we will screening beautiful short films from Spain, Austria, Germany, France, Russia and Brazil. This screening will also be attendend by Roman Kané, the director of the short film Extérieur Crépuscule.