Queer Lisboa 21 will pay homage to one of the most innovative multimedia artists of today, and one of the pioneers to work within the Internet as an artistic tool. Shu Lea Cheang will be in Portugal to present several of her works and to give a masterclass focused on her work. A native of Taiwan, her work make part of the collections of institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, and will be the subject of a retrospective to take place at Cinema São Jorge and at the MNAC - Chiado National Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Wonders Wander project, designed for Madrid Pride 2017, will be exhibited in an international premiere as part of this retrospective. The BRANDON interactive work, inspired by the life story of Brandon Teena (known to the general public in the movie Boys Do not Cry), curated and restored in 2017 by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, will also be shown as an installation, during the 21st of September, in the framework of the MNAC "Art and Gender" exhibition.
Queer Porto 3 will highlight the work of Peter Friedman, american filmmaker responsible for one of the most important documentaries about HIV/AIDS and its social and political implications, Silverlake Life: The View From Here (1993), which will be shown as a national premiere with the presence of the director in Porto. Silverlake Life was co-directed with Tom Joslin, from whom the festival will debut the documentary Black Star: Autobiography of a Close Friend (1976).
The emphasis on the work of Peter Friedman was the motto for the organization of a thematic program, This Is Me, dedicated to autobiographical representation in queer cinema. The program represents an unique opportunity to watch a set of short films by director, activist and figurehead of experimental filmmaking Barbara Hammer, whose work focuses on body politics issues. Other notable works and figures that contribute to reflect on the issues of this queer autobiography program, are Robert Mapplethorpe's biographical documentary, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and Jonathan Caouette's already classic film Tarnation.
Queer Lisboa 21 inaugurates on September 15th with the premiere of the long-awaited God's Own Country (2017) by Francis Lee, which won the Directing Award of the World Cinema Dramatic section of the Sundance Festival, and was honored to open the last edition of the Festival Of Edinburgh Cinema.
Also in national debut, 1:54 (2016), by Yan England, a movie that addresses the problem of bullying in schools. The film will be screened at the Queer Porto Closing Night (7th October) and, in Lisbon, will be presented in a special session with the presence of the filmmaker, and in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in Lisbon.
* You can check all the movies already announced here.