Queer Lisboa 21 will be attended by an impressive number of film professionals, including directors, journalists and programmers.
Shu Lea Cheang, the multimedia artist who this year is the focus of a tribute retrospective by Queer Lisboa 21, in partnership with MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, will be present during the festival not only to present her projects, but also to give a master class, which will be held at MNAC.
Claus Matthes, producer of the last feature film by Shu Lea Cheang, Fluidø, will also be present at Queer Lisboa 21, while Chus Sarrión, who worked with the Taiwanese artist in the project Wonders Wander, created for Madrid Pride2017 and which will debut internationally in Queer Lisboa, will also be at the festival.
From the Feature Film Competition, Queer Lisboa 21 will count on the presence of Brazilian filmmaker Marcelo Caetano (whose credits are due to be assistant director to Anna Muylaert in Mãe Só Há Uma, which will screen on Closing Night), which comes to present Corpo Elétrico, one of the most acclaimed titles of recent Brazilian cinematography, which had a European debut at the last Rotterdam Festival; and Adrián Silvestre, who brings with him the movie Los Objetos Amorosos. The feature film was the winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Seville European Film Festival.
Queer Lisboa 21 receives from Brazil Carlos Juliano Barros, who will present Entre os Homens de Bem, a striking portrait of the current political scenario in Brazil through the portrait made of the deputy Jean Wyllys. The journalist Cecilie Debell, who made her debut with My Mother is Pink, brings to Lisbon this touching road movie about a troubled relationship between a son and his mother. Returning to the festival is the director Jo Sol, with Vivir Y Otras Ficciones, a documentary about the sexual assistance to people with functional diversities.
As part of the Queer Art Competition, the choreographer and musician Pablo Esbert Lillenfeld, and also one of the directors of Introducing the Star: The Choir Girls' Diaries, will present this documentary that is part of an ambitious project that includes a music album and a dance show. A film that is a real step forward in building new metaphors linked to HIV/AIDS. The Chilean Camila José Donoso will present Casa Roshell on the importance of creating spaces for individual and collective freedom, while Samira Elagoz brings to the Competition the documentary Craigslist Allstars, where the director and performer combines a series of encounters with strangers, thus exploring the limits of the relationship of the body with the media, physical and virtual.
From the Short Films Competition, Queer Lisboa 21 will host Lia Hietala, the director who won the Berlinale Teddy Award this year with the short film My Gay Sister, as well as the actress Erika Anne Coleman; Séveryne de Streyker and Maxime Feyers, duo of directors of Calamity; Jonas Amarante, producer of the film Tailor; as well as the Portuguese Carlos Conceição, who will present Coelho Mau, which premiered at Cannes Critics' Week.
From the In My Shorts European School Film Competition, the festival will be attended by Ricky Mastro, director of La Tapette, Simone Bozzelli, director of Loris Sta Bene, as well as producer Mattia de Marco, Inês Alves, author of It's (Not) Just Another Party, and Ricardo Branco, who presents the short Rute.
In the Hard Nights sections, Queer Lisboa 21 will also host the famous American porn actor Colby Keller, who will present the Colby Does America project (as well as joining the Queer Art Competition) and film director Sky Deep, who will present the film Enactone, in addition to being one of the DJs of the Closing Party at Titanic Sur Mer on September 23rd.
The complete Guests List can be checked here.