Queer Lisboa 22nd edition is, perhaps, one of the most committed politically, socially and also culturally. The current moment in queer culture, of growing experimentalism, and of a rethinking of its identity and of its frontiers of intervention, seems to imply a new breath when searching for new concepts and expressions, closer to the real experiences of queer individuals and communities today.
It is under this commitment that this year’s festival assumes the issues associated with HIV/AIDS as one of the central themes of its programming, highlighting the urgent cinema that responded to the epidemic in its origins, through the program "The virus-cinema: cinema queer and HIV/AIDS”, already announced, as well as through its accompanying book and exposition.
Other themes such as drugs, different religious expressions, post-porno, or specific problems related to intersex individuals, transgenders, or new virtual realities, dominate the competitions of the present edition, along with the ever classic themes of the discovery of sexuality, feminism, or with the revisions of historical figures and events of queer culture.
Migratory movements and what they imply in terms of identity, nourish and find a place of reflection in much of the cinema of recent years. This edition of Queer Lisboa also includes some of these titles. In addition to films such as And Breathe Normally, Room for a Man or Martyr, present in the competitions, Panorama Special Focus complements this presence with films like Burka Songs 2.0 or Apricot Groves, an armenian production of Pouria Heidary Oureh that will give place to a debate, following the screening, with the presence of programmer Esra Özban. Also, in collaboration with Olhares do Mediterrâneo Festival, which will take place from September 27th to 30th at Cinema São Jorge, a collaborative screening of Mr. Gay Syria, documentary by director Ayse Toprak, will take place on September 29, at 16h30, in Sala 3.
Alongside the screening of the previously announced lesbian feature film Disobedience, this year's Panorama section also hosts Michaël Dacheux's L'Amour Debout. Besides, this Section will welcome a special session bringing together three of the most important and recent Portuguese queer short films: Anjo, by Miguel Nunes; Flores, by Jorge Jácome; and Self Destructive Boys, by André Santos and Marco Leão.
Queer Pop will dedicate its first program to Janelle Monáe, and the second to Eurovision Song Contest. In addition to this, the documentary Punk Voyage, by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi, about the Finnish band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN), will also be screened.
In the Hard Nights Section, we’ll welcome back two filmmakers previously invited to the festival, and whose work we have accompanied: Bruce LaBruce, with It’s not the Pornographer that is Perverse..., and Émilie Jouvet, with her bold and performative documentary My Body my Rules.
In total, 100 films from 32 different nationalities will be screened at Queer Lisboa 22. Of the 32 countries present, USA is the most represented, with 27 titles. Brazil follows, with an expressive presence of 15 films; France with 14; and the United Kingdom with 10 films. A total of 8 Portuguese films will be screened at the Festival.
Producer and director of documentaries, audio and virtual reality, Rob Eagle will give a workshop entitled Queer Lives in Interactive Storytelling, in which he will attempt to offer a broad perspective of the tools at our disposal when it comes to tell stories of queer lives in interactive media and beyond the traditional cinema tools.
Back to the Festival is playwright and director André Murraças, for the presentation and launch of the book Queerquivo - arquivo LGBT português, a new Portuguese LGBT Arquive that was born from the lack of registration of known or anonymous lives, and linked to the LGBT universe of our country.
Parallel to the festival, everyone is invited to join our Official Parties. Following the premiére of Diamantino, Titanic Sur Mer hosts the Opening Party on September 14th, with the presence of the film team, and where we will dance to the sound of Candy Fur (a pop-exploding-fantastic-dj-duo) and Ricardo Varela. The next night, it is time for Estúdio Time Out to host the second edition of Miss Drag Lisboa, presented by Portuguese-Canadian drag queen Miss Moço. During the week there will be a Festival Team Party at Corvo Bar and a Queer Rendez-Vous at TR3S, culminating, on the 22nd, with the Closing Party, again at Titanic Sur Mer. It will be a special Homodrop Party, one of London's most celebrated queer raves. Alongside 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 a highly anticipated concert by MIKEY., 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.
The full schedule of Queer Lisboa 22 films can be found here, and the Calendar of sessions and activities here.