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"Diamantino" and "Tranny Fag" open and close Queer Lisboa 22

Queer Lisboa opens its 22nd edition with the Lisbon premiere of Diamantino (2018) by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, winner of the Grand Prix of the 57th Critics Week of the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

A deliriously queer and metaphysical approach to the state of the world, where Carloto Cotta plays Diamantino, a football star in the midst of an existential crisis, and at the mercy of his manipulative and mercenary sisters, in a crusade confronting neo-fascist expressions, the refugee crisis in Europe, genetic modification and the search for the source of genius. A production by Maria & Mayer (Lisbon), Syndrome Filmes (Rio de Janeiro) and Films du Bélier (Paris), it’s with great pride that Queer Lisboa presents once more a national fiction as opening film.

The festival closes with the documentary Bixa Travesty (2018), directed by Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman and winner of the Best Documentary of the Teddy Award at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, where it made its world premiere in the past February.

In this latest work by the Brazilian filmmakers whose films Queer Lisboa has programmed since early in their careers, 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 stage with the song "Enviadescer" in 2016, being a relevant and active voice in defense of the rights of queer minorities.

OPENING FILM

Diamantino, Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt (Portugal, France, Brazil, 2018, 92 ')

CLOSING FILM

Bixa Travesty, Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman (Brazil, 2018, 75 ')