The week starts with one of the highlights of the festival, the Queer Focus strand, of which the first programme is dedicated to the theme of Cruising, on Monday, at 18:00, in sala 2 of Cinema São Jorge. In this screening we present the Polish short films Afterimages, by Karol Radziszewski, and Bodies without Bodies in Outer Space, by Rafał Morusiewicz; Fuck Tree, by Liz Rosenfeld; GUO4, by Peter Strickland, director of the acclaimed The Duke of Burgundy and In Fabric; and finally Sodom, the experimental cult film by the late Luther Price. In the same strand, on Tuesday, September 22, time for (W/Hole), by Mahx Capacity, part of the Play programme and, on Wednesday, the documentary Mr. Leather, by Daniel Nolasco, which is part of the programme Skin, and takes a look at the São Paulo fetish gay community in the context of the run for the title of Mr. Leather Brasil. Each of these programmes, always at 18:00 and in sala 2, includes, in addition to the films mentioned, moments of talks, debate or performance art: a pre-recorded conversation with Karol Radziszewski on Monday, an live streamed performance by Nadia Granados in the programme Play and in Skin, David Loira's live performance Blondi.
Another of the main highlights of the festival, on Tuesday 22, is the screening of the legendary, but little seen, docufiction about French activism Race d'Ep !, by Lionel Soukaz and Guy Hocquenghem, at 21:30, at the terrace of Cinemateca Portuguesa. This screening is linked to the new exhibition by Portuguese artists João Pedro Vale + Nuno Alexandre Ferreira, opening on September 23 till October 23 at Stolen Books in Lisbon.
The Queer Art Competition continues on Monday with Comets, by Tamar Shavgulidze (19:00, sala Manoel de Oliveira) where, in the contained universe of a country house in Georgia, the appearance of a figure from the past brings memories of a relationship of youth between two women and, at 21:30 in sala 3, Padrone Dove Sei, by Michele Schirinzi, which will have a second screening on Tuesday at 15:30 and focuses on the theme of masturbation, inviting us to take a hypnotic plunge in a sublime aesthetic beauty.
The Short Films Competition screenings will also continue from Monday to Wednesday, with films from all over the world, namely from India, Georgia, Canada and Brazil, including fiction, documentaries, animations and experimental short films.
The Feature Films Competition is also going strong in the first half of the week, with El Príncipe, by Sebastián Muñoz (21st, 22:00, sala Manoel de Oliveira), Neubau, by Johannes Maria Schmit (22nd, 22: 00, sala Manoel de Oliveira), and Claire Oakley's Make Up (23rd, 22:00, sala Manoel de Oliveira). Muñoz's film takes us to Chile in the 1970s, where we meet Jaime who, after having murdered a friend for no apparent reason, is sent to prison and finds protection and affection in his relationship with El Potro, an older prisoner, while in Neubau we travel to Germany beyond the big urban centres to meet Markus, a young transgender man who takes care of his grandmothers, while longing to move to the big city. Finally, in Make Up we are taken to a mundane holiday trailer park in Cornwall where, in the low season, Ruth comes to visit her boyfriend and ends up meeting the enigmatic Jade. Tucké Royale, actor and screenwriter of Neubau, will attend the screening on Tuesday to present his film.
The Documentary Competition also continues on Monday with the second screening of The Art of Fallism, by Aslaug Aarsæther and Gunnbjørg Gunnarsdóttir (15:30, sala 3) and on Tuesday with Vil, Má, by Gustavo Vinagre (21: 30, sala 3) which screens again on Wednesday, at 15:30, and calls to the limelight the queen of Brazilian sadomasochistic literature Wilma Azevedo who, without fear or modesty, tells the story of her life, recalling the most delicious details filled with eroticism. On Wednesday, at 21:30 and also in sala 3, we present Toutes les Vies de Kojin, by Diako Yazdani, a journey through the contradictions of the Kurdish people facing the issues of their LBGTQI + community.