The 4th edition of Queer Porto has as special guest north-American cult novelist Dennis Cooper, largely influenced by the punk and queercore movements, author of novels such as Frisk and The Sluts, and who recently started working in film. Cooper will be in Porto along with Zac Farley to present the feature they co-directed, Permanent Green Light (Friday, October 12th, 10pm, Small Auditorium of the Rivoli Theater), and for a talk with the Festival audience before the screening, at 6pm, at Café Rivoli.
As a Closing Film for this 4th edition, the festival features Jean-Bernard Marlin's Shéhérazade, which premiered at the Critics' Week of the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival, and which is a powerful fiction on the universe of sex workers in the city of Marseille, where the young Zachary falls in love with Shéhérazade, a love seeking for some sort of redemption among the violence and abandon of their social and familial environments.
From the Official Competition, Michelle Memran's The Rest I Make Up will also be screened (Friday, October 12th, 3 pm, Small Auditorium), which traces the life story and the seminal work of Cban-born playwrite María Irene Fornés, up to our days where she has to deal with Alzheimer's; Soldiers. Story from Ferentari, by Ivana Mladenovic, an unusual fiction set in a gypsy neighborhood of Bucharest, recounting the relationship between two men from very different backgrounds; and Dykes, Camera, Action! (Saturday, October 13th, 3 pm, Small Auditorium), by Caroline Berler, a very pertinent document on the relevance of women artists in the history of queer cinema.
Alongside the Official Competition, Rivoli Theatre will also host a program on Documentaries about Fashion, including We Margiela (Friday, October 12th, 5 pm, Small Auditorium), a very rare look inside the mythical fashion, and George Michael: Freedom - Director's Cut (Saturday, October 13, 5 pm, Small Auditorium) by George Michael and David Austin, an exhaustive journey for music and life of one of the greatest contemporary pop stars whose career crosses more than three decades and that had a close relationship with fashion, particularly from the moment of refusal to appear publicly in the promotion of his songs.
Following the screening of the Documentaries on Fashion, the Wrong Weather store joins the Festival with the retrospective exhibition on the legendary Maison Margiela. The exhibition Margiela 5, will be on display in the gallery between the 10th and 20th of October and can be seen between 10:30 am and 7:30 pm from Monday to Saturday.
Continuing to cross languages and disciplines, Queer Porto 4 presents other proposals, such as the performance Pussy. An Ongoing Performative Research by Liad Hussein Kantorowicz, to be held on Friday, October 12th, at 11.30 pm at Maus Hábitos, a provocative performance that addresses and denounces issues related to discrimination against women and the presentation of women as object / sexual subject; the screening of Liad's short film No Democracy Here (followed by a talk with her (Sunday the 14th, at Mala Voadora, 5pm); as well as the #LOSMICRÓFONOS show (on Sunday the 14th, at 8:30 pm), by Spanish group Mont de Dutor, which closes the festival at Mala Voadora, and which suggests a dip in a common universe that surrounds us constantly: pop culture.
For waving Queer Porto 4 goodbye, the Closing Party (Saturday 13th, 23h30, Maus Hábitos) includes the participation of DJ's Simone and Sauvage (André Fonseca Carvalho), two well-known names of Porto that join to celebrate between soul, funk and disco rhythms, culminating in electronic music bodies inside. The erotic moment will arrive with the concert of charismatic Alexander Geist, featuring his latest work, "Speculative." After having traveled with his stage shows around the world, the disco-soul icon, converted into a cult figure of the European underground scene, arrives in Porto to show us why it is considered "Berlin's daring darling" (as ExBerliner wrote) or "a genre pushing queer act" (according to The Quietus).