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Queer Lisboa and Queer Porto, in this atypical year, assume their in-person format, celebrating the idea of community and socialization, within the necessary restrictions. Through a set of key terms across the many expressions of queer culture, such as Cruising, Sex, Bodies, Play, Skin and Memory, the festivals celebrate the body and its sexual diversity - what these terms teach us about the influence of our living and social contexts, and the places we inhabit, in the construction of our volatile identities. We celebrate the importance of our presence, struggle and transgression, in the appropriation and subjectivization of the physical and mental spaces that surround us. With the many films that make up the different competitive sections of the festivals in the two cities, reinforced by a set of special sessions and conversations, debates and performances, we demand touch and look, delivery and wonder, and a set of experiences that cross our bodies and that praise our complexities.
One of the main highlights of Queer Porto 6 is the Festivals' Opening Film, Si C’Était de L’Amour, by Patric Chiha, premiered worldwide in the last edition of the Berlinale, where it received the Teddy Award for Best Documentary. As the Closing Film, the Festival has chosen Le Milieu de L'Horizon, by Delphine Lehericey, which had its world premiere at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2019, where it won the Greenpeace Prize.
A total of eight fiction or documentary feature films are part of the Official Competition: Malou Reyman's A Perfectly Normal Family, which was screened this year at Rotterdam International Film Festival; L'Acrobate, by Rodrigue Jean, who returns to Queer Porto five years after presenting L'Amour au Temps de la Guerre Civile; the documentary Always Amber, by Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen Bergenman; Deux, by Filippo Meneghetti; Dopamina, by Natalia Imery Almario; Hombres de Piel Dura, by José Celestino Campusano; Para Onde Voam as Feiticeiras, by Eliane Caffé, Carla Caffé and Beto Amaral; and Rescue the Fire, by Jasco Viefhues. The prize for Best Film, in the amount of € 3,000, is awarded by RTP2 for the acquisition of its exhibition rights.
In addition to the Official Competition, the festival will also have its usual “In My Shorts” Competition, consisting of Portuguese school films. This year, four schools are represented. From Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Gonçalo Pina brings us À Tarde, sob o Sol, while from Kino-Doc we will receive Caravagyo, by Ana Manana and Joana Lourenço. Escola Artística de Soares dos Reis will be represented by three works: A Dança do Narciso Inseguro, by Ana Matos; De A a D, by Maria João Paiva; and Somewhere in Outer Space this Might Be Happening Somehow, an experimental short film imbued with 60s and 70s avant-garde touches, by Paulo Malafaya. Also exploring territories similar to the Malafaya's film, we have, finally, from Ar.Co, Test Room, by Pedro Antunes.
As in Lisbon, this year there will also be a Queer Focus section at Queer Porto, dedicated exclusively to the theme Cruising and divided into three sessions. In the first session we can find Afterimages and Kisieland, by Karol Radziszewski, and Bodies without Bodies in Outer Space, by Rafał Morusiewicz. With a session consisting exclusively of Polish films, in addition to cruising as a central theme, the context of the lives of the LGBTQI + population in present-day Poland is also reflected here, beset by the violent policies and government speeches in that country. Polish director, photographer and activist Karol Radziszewski will be present in Porto for a conversation on these topics.
The second session brings us Et in Arcadia Ego, by Sam Ashby, and Tearoom, by William E. Jones. And, finally, the third session is programmed by British artist, graphic designer and editor Sam Ashby, who chose to show Museum, by Arnoud Holleman, Umbrales, by Marie Louise Alemann, Underground, by the godfather of gay porn cinema Peter de Rome, and liz/james/stillholes, by Liz Rosenfeld. Sam Ashby and Liz Rosenfeld will be in Porto for a conversation after this screening.
The program also includes a Special Session where we will show Days (in the photo), the most recent acclaimed work by Tsai Ming-liang, awarded with the Special Jury Award at the last Teddy Ceremony of the Berlinale.
And there is still space for the event A Importância de Acreditar no Desconhecido, by Colectivo Prometeu, in Maus Hábitos and also spread across various spaces in the city of Porto.
This year, the Queer Lisboa and Queer Porto Festivals programming team took into account more than 1,000 films, 497 of them received as submissions, a number figure for the festival.