In 2018, Queer Porto has as a special guest the American cult writer Dennis Cooper, largely influenced by the punk and queercore movements, who recently embarked on the movies. Cooper will be in Porto, along with Zac Farley, to present their film Permanent Green Light, and for a meeting with Festival viewers.
The Festival opens with the documentary Bixa Travesty, winner of the last Berlinale's Teddy Best Documentary Award, an imaginative and challenging film dominated by the onscreen presence of the electrifying Linn da Quebrada. As a Closing Film we present Shéhérazade, which was premiered at the last edition of Cannes, a powerful fiction about the universe of sex workers in the city of Marseille.
Eight films are part of the Official Competition: 1985 proposes a metaphysical incursion into the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic; Call Her Ganda is an exhaustive documentary about the murder of a trans woman in the Philippines at the hands of a US military; the aforementioned Permanent Green Light; The Rest I Make Up, which traces the history of life and the inescapable work of the playwright of Cuban origin María Irene Fornés; Soldiers. Story from Ferentari, an unusual fiction in a gypsy neighborhood in Bucharest; L'Animale, which tells an intricate web of secrets within an Austrian family; Dykes, Camera, Action!, that reveals itself as an important document on the fundamental role of female artists in the history of queer cinema; and Les Garçons Sauvages, a wild fable that recalls disparate universes such of those of Kenneth Anger and Jules Verne.
Alongside the Official Competition, Teatro Rivoli will also welcome the "In My Shorts" Portuguese School Films Competition, featuring students' works from the School of Arts and Design of Leiria, the Art School of Soares dos Reis and Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema.
Rivoli also hosts a Program on the world of fashion with three documentaries: We Margiela accompanies the birth of the emblematic fashion house directed by the enigmatic Martin Margiela; Kevyn Aucoin - Beauty & the Beast in Me is an impressive portrait of makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin made on the basis of his own home video recordings; and George Michael: Freedom - Director's Cut is an exhaustive journey through the music and life of one of the greatest contemporary pop stars, whose career spanned more than three decades and had a close relationship with fashion.
Guest programmers Paulo Aureliano da Mata and Tales Frey present the program "Carolee Schneemann's Filmic-Paintings", a unique opportunity to get to know in depth one of the most important North American performers. Along with the documentary Breaking the Frame, two short films by the performer will be screened: Interior Scroll - The Cave, 1975-1995 and Vulva's School.
Maus Hábitos welcomes a Queer Pop session dedicated to The Knife / Fever Ray, and also Pussy. An ongoing performative research by Liad Hussein Kantorowicz, a provocative performance that addresses and denounces issues related to discrimination against women and the presentation of the female as a sexual object / subject.
Also in Maus Hábits, the Closing Party will be hosted by DJs Simone and André Fonseca de Carvalho, and will include a concert full of erotism: the charismatic disco-soul icon Alexander Geist will present his most recent work, "Speculative".
The screening of the short film No Democracy Here and the pop culture show #LOSMICRÓFONOS, by Spanish group Mont de Dutor, will close the festival at Mala Voadora on Sunday the 14th.
The full schedule of Queer Porto 4 films can be found here.