As part of the Queer Art Competition, Queer Lisboa 22 will screen on Friday the 21st at 7:15 pm the film of A Moça do Calendario, with the presence of actress and Brazilian cult director Helena Ignez and the protagonist of the film, Djin Sganzerla, daughter of Ignez. The film tells the story of Inácio, a former street sweeper, who works as a dancer and mechanic, in what is a fragmented social criticism of Brazil today. Also present in Lisbon are the director Nicoletta Nesler and the producer Susi Monzali, to present the Italian documentary Lunàdigas - ovvero delle Donne senza Figli, a playful, but serious, approach to the theme of women who do not want to have children and the implications that this decision often entails. The film is part of the Competition for Best Documentary and is screened on Thursday 20th at 9:30 pm in Room 3. Returning to the festival are the directors from Porto Alegre, Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, with their most recent Hard Paint (in the image), about the strange clash between virtual reality and real life, difficult to manage by its protagonist, Pedro, who makes money through webcam shows. This film ends the Competition for Best Feature Film, with screening on Friday, the 21st at 10 pm, in the Manoel de Oliveira Room.
In the Cinemateca Portuguesa and Cinema São Jorge, the cycle "The virus-cinema: cinema queer and VIH/SIDA" continues. In its final stretch, you can still watch Zero Patience (Friday, 21, 5h15 pm, at Manoel de Oliveira Room) by John Greyson, a musical that parodies the attempt to discover the "patient zero"; or La Pudeur or L'Impudeur (Friday 21st, 9:30 pm., M. Félix Ribeiro Room), the video diary in the first person of Hervé Guibert. To conclude this cycle, the Cinemateca Portuguesa welcomes the film Les Nuits Fauves by Cyril Collard, on Saturday 22nd at 9.30 pm in the M. Félix Ribeiro Room, the controversial film that launched a lively debate on HIV/AIDS in France at the time of its launch in 1992.
The 51st edition of ModaLisboa runs from October 11th to 14th, and Queer Lisboa anticipates this event by presenting a set of documentaries that reveal the importance of queer culture in fashion and how fashion has contributed to the blurring of heteronormative notions of gender. As part of the program, the documentary We Margiela, by the Dutch production company mint film office, accompanies the birth of the emblematic fashion house directed by the enigmatic Martin Margiela, for a real revolution in this industry. Following the exhibition, there is a Debate in the presence of Eduarda Abbondanza, director of ModaLisboa, and Rui Palma, fashion photographer.
The Panorama section of this year also screens L'Amour Debout, by Michaël Dacheux (Saturday 22nd, 5h15 pm., Manoel de Oliveira Room), about the reunion of two young people who now live in Paris and try to perceive their way of separation. And in a special session, Queer Lisboa 22 brings together three of the most important Portuguese short films produced in this last year in a single session: Anjo, by Miguel Nunes; Flores, by Jorge Jácome; and Self Destructive Boys, by André Santos and Marco Leão, with screening on Thursday, 20th at 7:30 pm., in the Manoel de Oliveira Room.
The two short sessions of the In My Shorts Competition (Friday 21st, 5 pm., Room 3 and Saturday 22nd, 3pm., Room 3) of European school films host a set of films from institutions as diverse as London Film School, the Cinema and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, or Le Fresnoy, and attended by Samuel Auer, Night Owls director, by Mauro Soares, Hello Cinta Pertamaku, Cambio e Desligo, and Clara Stern, director of Mathias.
Within the parallel activities of Queer Lisboa 22, on Thursday 20th, at 6:30 pm., in Room 2, the producer and director of documentaries, audio and virtual reality, Rob Eagle will give a Workshop with the title Queer lives in interactive storytelling. The Workshop, free and open to all interested parties, offers a broad perspective of the tools at our disposal to tell stories of queer lives in interactive media beyond traditional cinema and about what we can build alone and with the resources available in Lisbon.
The second and final weekend of Queer Lisboa 22 is also the stage for the second session of Queer Pop (Saturday, 22nd, 6:30 pm., Room 2), which will be dedicated to Eurovision, a Festival that, born in 1956, has today a history that, between songs, people and facts, translates, to a certain extent, the political, social and musical evolution of Europe. In addition to this session, the documentary Punk Voyage, by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi (Saturday 22nd, 5pm., Room 3), about the Finnish band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) will also be screened.
At 9 pm on Saturday, the 22nd, in the Manoel de Oliveira Room, the Queer Lisboa 22 Closing Night will be held, where prizes will be announced for the various categories of the Competition, as well as the Audience Awards. As a closing film will be the documentary Bixa Travesty, directed by Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman. In this latest work of these Brazilian directors whose work Queer Lisboa has programmed since their first works, the duo proposes an imaginative and challenging documentary, dominated by the onscreen presence of the electrifying Linn da Quebrada. A self-proclaimed "tranny fag" and multimedia artist, from the outskirts of São Paulo, Linn gained prominence on the stage with the song "Enviadescer" in 2016, being a relevant and active voice for the defense of the rights of queer minorities. Following the film, there is the Closing Party at Titanic Sur Mer with the special Homodrop party: one of London's most celebrated queer raves. Along with the host of the night (Florian Dovillez aka Cheriii), one of the best ambassadors of the Lisbon pop scene - Vanda Noronha aka Call Me Mother and Ana D'Armada Moreira -, and a very anticipated concert of MIKEY., An Australian singer and performer based in Berlin who, for his music and iconic night clothes, has earned a place in the heart of throngs of fans.