April 13
“Vestida de Azul”: a talk with Valeria Vegas and Jó Bernardo

“El Futuro Ya No Está Aquí: da Euforia à Desilusão na Movida e Transição Espanhola (1975–1986)” is the title of the thematic film program that Batalha Centro de Cinema presents between the 6th and 31st of May. Curated by Guilherme Blanc and Virginia Pablos, the program offers a perspective on the neighboring country's transition to democracy after the fall of the Francoist regime.


The program offers a perspective on this historical period, highlighting films by directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Carlos Saura or Eloy de la Iglesia, who portrayed the margins of society, alongside works by feminist filmmakers such as Josefina Molina and Cecilia Bartolomé, and other queer and trans filmic expressions previously censored by the dictatorship.


On Thursday, May 18, at 7:15 pm, the documentary “Dressed in Blue” (Antonio Giménez Rico, 1983) will be screened. Following the lives of six trans women (Loren, Renée, Nacha, Josette, Eva and Tamara), this pioneering work of queer Spanish cinema has gained a cult status over the past few years, a status that will grow even further in the coming months, as its shooting will be the starting point for the second part of the successful "Veneno" series, by Los Javis, currently in production.


Per invitation by Batalha Centro de Cinema, Queer Porto organizes a debate which aims to reflect on the central themes of this film, and also to establish bridges with the Portuguese context of dictatorship and democratic transition, without neglecting a more contemporary perspective. For the conversation, moderated by Queer Porto Artistic Director, João Ferreira, we invited Jó Bernardo, pioneer Portuguese trans activist and actress, and Valeria Vegas, Spanish trans journalist and author of the book "Vestidas de azul. Análisis social y cinematográfico de la mujer transexual en los años de la Transición española" (Ed. Dos Bigotes, 2019).


All info about the film program, here.

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