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ModaLisboa and Sebastián Lelio's new film: highlights in Panorama

For the Panorama section of its 22nd edition, Queer Lisboa announced a partnership with ModaLisboa and Doclisboa, to program a set of documentaries on the world of fashion.


The 51st edition of ModaLisboa runs from the 11th to 14th of October, and Queer Lisboa anticipates this event by presenting three documentaries that reveal the importance of Queer culture in fashion and how fashion has contributed to the blurring of heteronormative notions of gender.

In this program, we highlight the film We Margiela (2017) by the Dutch producer mint film office, which accompanies the birth of the emblematic fashion house directed by the enigmatic Martin Margiela, responsible for a true revolution in fashion industry and that will also give rise to a debate with the presence of Eduarda Abbondanza, ModaLisboa director, and Rui Palma, fashion photographer. Other highlights include the documentary Kevyn Aucoin - Beauty & the Beast in Me (2017) by Lori Kaye, an impressive portrait of deceased artist Kevyn Aucoin, based on his own home video recordings that captures his personal and professional life. Also announced was the documentary George Michael: Freedom - Director's Cut (2018) by George Michael and David Austin, an exhaustive journey through the music and life of one of the greatest contemporary pop stars whose career spanned more than three decades and showed a close relationship with fashion, particularly from the moment he refused to appear publicly in the promotion of his songs, giving rise to the mediatic court proceedings of the singer, against Sony. The documentary cycle will continue in Doclisboa in October.

Finally, the festival announced the titles of two feature films, out of competition, in the Panorama section, with emphasis on the lesbian fiction, Disobedience (2017), directed by Sebastián Lelio (of A Fantastic Woman) and starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. Living in New York where she works as a photographer, Ronit (Weisz) receives the news of her father’s death, an Orthodox Jew, and decides to return home to London for funeral ceremonies. Long estranged from the family, Ronit must learn to deal with the Jewish Orthodox community again. There she is welcomed by her childhood friend, Dovid (Nivola), a protégé of her father who educated him for his successor. But her big surprise is when she learns that Dovid married her best friend, Esti (McAdams).


George Michael: Freedom - Director's Cut, George Michael, David Austin (United Kingdom, 2018, 109 ')
Kevyn Aucoin - Beauty & the Beast in Me, Lori Kaye (USA, 2017, 90 ')
We Margiela, mint film office (Netherlands, 2017, 100 ')


L'Amour Debout, Michaël Dacheux (France, 2018, 83 ')
Disobedience, Sebastián Lelio (USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, 2017, 114 ')