FESTin film festival features 45 Portuguese-language films

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 17-04-2019 12:40:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal's film festival FESTin, which focuses on Portuguese-language films, kicks off on 15 May in Lisbon

The film festival will predominantly be featuring films from Brazil, organisers said.

"Aos teus olhos" ("Liquid truth") by Brazilian filmmaker Carolina Jabor, which focus on a swimming teacher, who is accused of abusing one of his students and becomes a victim of cyberbullying, will open this year's FESTin film festival.

The festival, which celebrates its tenth edition and runs until May 22, will showcase 45 films including "Boni Bonita" by Daniel Barosa, "Ferrugem" ("Rust"), by Aly Muritiba - which was showcased at Sundance -, "O olho e a faca," ("The eye and the knife") by Paulo Sacramento, "Todas as canções de amor" ("All those love songs"), by Joana Mariani, and "Unicórnio" ("Unicorn"), by Eduardo Nunes.

Parallel activities include a charity collection of school materials to donate to children in Mozambique and the festival will also take part in the celebrations of 100 years since the birth of Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and 90 years since the Camões Institute was founded.

Adriana Niemeyer, FESTin's artistic director, recalled that there were difficulties in organising the festival due to scarce resources and pointed out that it was funded by an audiovisual fund by Brazil's cinema agency.

While FESTin has gained greater visibility in Lisbon, it is itinerant, and this year will take place in several countries including Tunisia and Cabo Verde.

Throughout its previous editions, FESTin received over 200 guests and 40,000 spectators.


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