On Saturday, September 15th, the program "The virus-cinema: queer cinema and HIV / AIDS" begins, which brings together a cycle, an exhibition and the launch of a book of essays. The cycle to be held at the Cinemateca Portuguesa and São Jorge Cinema aims to make known the filmmakers of HIV/AIDS video-activism, putting these emergency works in dialogue with some of the most iconic feature films on the subject. This weekend, it will be possible to watch Bright Eyes (1986) by Stuart Marshall (Saturday, September 15, 17h, Room 3), one of the first documentaries on AIDS; and Buddies, by Arthur J. Bressan Jr. (1985), which is considered the first fiction on AIDS, presented here in a recently restored copy, with a session on Sunday at 7.30 in the Manoel de Oliveira Room. The start of the cycle at the Cinemateca Portuguesa takes place on Saturday at 9:30 pm with the screening of Kids (1995) by Larry Clark, one of the exponents of North American indie cinema and was also the first argument written by Harmony Korine.
On Saturday, at 4:30pm., in the foyer of Cinema São Jorge, will be launched the book "The virus-cinema: cinema queer and HIV/AIDS", an edition of the Cultural Association Janela Indiscreta, was coordinated by António Fernando Cascais and João Ferreira. a total of 25 essays, where 24 different authors write each one about a film that addresses this theme, offering different perspectives on the challenges that the epidemic represented for the cinema. At 6pm, the "The virus" exhibition opens at the FOCO Gallery. Curated by Thomas Mendonça, it is a challenge launched by a group of young artists to design a play about the theme of HIV/AIDS and the films programmed in the cycle, looking for a perspective on how the epidemic is seen and interpreted by a new generation.
One of the highlights of the Competition for Best Feature Film is the Sauvage screening (15th September, 10pm, Sala Manoel de Oliveira). First film by Camille Vidal-Naquet, the film was honored at the Cannes Film Critics' Week, in which it is an astonishing and disarming portrait of the universe of male prostitution, located in a demarcated Strasbourg, border city of a Europe on the edge of the cliff - the same cliff as Léo, the hero of the film, in an admirable interpretation of Felix Maritaud (recently revealed in 120 battements for a minute). Also in the Competition for Best Feature is Girl, by Lukas Dhont, an impressive portrait of a trans girl, Lara, who has to combine her body changes due to sexual reassignment with the physical demands of professional dancer training . The film screens on Sunday, September 16th, at 10pm, in the Manoel de Oliveira Room.
Guests attending this first festival weekend are swedish director Jerry Carlsson and french Thomas Hakin to present, respectively, Shadow Animals (pictured) and En Attendant, both short films in the Competition for Best Short Film and presented at the session of Curtas 1, on Sunday, September 16th at 7:15 pm in Room 3. In this same Room, at 9.30pm, Queer Lisboa hosts actor Yuri Yamamoto and producer Rogério Mesquita, who will present the feature film Inferninho, in competition in Queer Art section. The film takes place almost entirely in a bar with the same name, Inferninho, directed by Guto Parente and Pedro Diogenes, explores the sense of community threatened by gentrification, about an imaginative and unusual theater background.
Room 2 of Cinema São Jorge hosts on Saturday, September 15, at 6:30 pm the first session of Queer Pop, with a program dedicated to Janelle Monáe. On Sunday, at the same time, Room 2 hosts the presentation and launch of the book Queerquivo - Portuguese LGBT file. Project of playwright and director André Murraças, this is a new Portuguese LGBT file that was born of the lack of registration of lives known or anonymous, and linked to the LGBT universe of our country. There are almost fifty texts written by various personalities about those people who inspired us, shaped and transformed us. The presentation counts with the reading of several texts.