In the final two days of Queer Porto 6 we still have in store a variety of films, as well as some parallel activities.
Friday, the 16th, opens at 16:00, at Teatro Rivoli’s Pequeno Auditório, with Rescue the Fire, by Jasco Viefhues, where we remember Jürgen Baldiga, a photographer and artist in the 90s struggling with HIV while around him everything he knows and loves is disappearing; followed, at 19:00, by Always Amber, by Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen Bergenman. The film shows 17-year-old Amber, and best friend Sebastian, who refuse society's need to put a gender tag on them, living in an open and loving world where everything seems possible until the moment when Amber falls in love with Charlie and their utopian world is shaken. Both films are part of the Official Competition and will be the last of this competition to be presented, although on the following day, Saturday 17th, there is still the opportunity to watch Malou Reymann's A Perfectly Normal Family, already screened on the first day of the festival.
Also on Friday, at 22:00, takes place this edition’s Special Screening with the hypnotic and melancholic Days, the most recent film by renowned Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang. The film introduces us to Kang, played by the filmmaker's usual collaborator, Lee Kang-sheng, who throws himself into a life of wandering, while trying to deal with the pain caused by the disease and the treatment he undergoes. When Kang meets Nom, the two will find in each other the comfort they needed, before going separate ways.
Earlier the same day, at “Casa Comum” of the Rectory of the University of Porto, the third and last screening of the Queer Focus takes place; a programme curated by British artist, graphic designer and publisher Sam Ashby, who chose to show Museum, by Arnoud Holleman, a choreography of glances between people who indulge in cruising in a fictional museum; Umbrales, by Marie Louise Alemann, a 1980 film shot in Paris and Buenos Aires during Argentina's last dictatorship, which offers a rare look at the queer experience in a repressive regime; Underground, by the godfather of gay porn Peter de Rome, where a trip on the New York subway ends in an unusual sexual encounter; and liz/james/stillholes, by Liz Rosenfeld, an exploration of glory holes, feminism and queer frustration in general. Sam Ashby and Liz Rosenfeld will be live through video call -and not in person as it was announced at first-, for a conversation following the screening.
Finally, on the same day, time for the event Prometeu, by Colectivo Prometeu, which is spread over three different venues in the city of Porto: Espiga, Instituto and Bardo Creative Ground. This is a collective whose mission is to promote an annual meeting between the community and artists from different mediums, allowing them to get to know each other and express themselves around a theme, which this year will be “the importance of believing in the unknown”. The programme of the event, which includes exhibitions, performances and concerts, among other activities, continues also on Saturday in the same venues.
Also on Saturday, there will be an opportunity to watch the Opening Film of the festival, Si C'Était de L'Amour, by Patric Chiha, at 19:00, which precedes the Closing Ceremony, where the Best Film and In My Shorts awards will be announced, followed by the screening of the Closing Film, Le Milieu de L'Horizon, by Delphine Lehericey, a story set during the dry summer of 1976, in rural Switzerland, where we watch, through the eyes of Gus, a child on the brink of adolescence, the collapse of a traditional family that lives on what is produced in their small farm. The breaking point happens when his mother (played by actress Laetitia Casta) falls in love with a new friend, the feminist Cécile, thus questioning the role she had been playing in the family until then. The film premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2019, where it won the Greenpeace Prize.