In addition to “resuming a program that includes activities such as 'masterclasses' and performances”, the organization reveals, in a statement released today, that it has created a new competitive section, in partnership with the Rectory of the University of Porto, The Common House Award, “dedicated exclusively to queer Portuguese cinema”.
“After a completely atypical edition last year, Queer Porto returns, recovering one of the premises that founded the festival: that of working with various spaces in the city”, reads the statement.
The 7th edition of the festival is scheduled for October, between the 12th and the 16th, and will take place at Teatro Rivoli, at the Rectory of the University of Porto, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, at Maus Hábitos and at the suitcase flying .
Queer Porto 7 opens on October 12, with “Socks on Fire”, by Bo McGuire, “a cinematic love letter from a grandson to a grandmother, set against the backdrop of the struggle between a homophobic aunt and an uncle ' drag queen', for a property”.
The closing session will show “Au coeur du bois”, by Claus Drexel, “set in the Bois de Boulogne, and which focuses on the sex workers who make up the mythology of this space”.
The organization also highlights, in this edition, the presence of the German director Monika Treut, “an unmissable name of the new queer cinema in Europe since the 80s”, who will present “Genderation”, a documentary “which, after more than 30 years, he looks at the protagonists of his 1986 classic 'Gendernauts', also included in the program of the current edition of the festival and which will be followed by a 'masterclass' with the director”.
The new Casa Comum Award competition “comes open space for a closer look at the way in which Portuguese cinema has approached the queer issue in recent years, without forgetting a necessary reinterpretation of history”.
“This is the delicate work that Tiago Resende does in 'Películas', when he reads a letter to Luís Miguel Nava, the poet from Viseu, the land where the director was born. André Murraças also rescues history, by recovering a short story by António José da Silva Pinto, in 'O berloque Vermelho'. Paulo Patrício, on the other hand, reminds us of that other figure, that of Gisberta, rightly evoked in cinema, theater and literature, to which this 'Your name is' adds something very new”, says the organization, adding that the program is complete with six more short films.
In the Official Competition, the organization highlights “Tiempos de Deseo”, documentary by Raquel Marques, who “in a demanding and subtle training of intimacy, follows the pregnancy of her ex-partner”, “La mif”, by Fred Baillif, “Best Film in Generation of the last Berlinale, an incursion into a shelter for underage girls that exposes the wounds of a guardianship system at the limit”, and “Deus tem AIDS”, by Gustavo Vinagre and Fábio Leal, “composed of a mosaic of gestures, provocations and testimonies of HIV positive Brazilian artists”.
This year, the In My Shorts Competition, reveals the organization, “received more submissions of Portuguese films from school than in any of the previous years, with a strong presence from the Superior School of Theater and Cinema and the University of Beira Interior”.
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