16–09–2021

Doclisboa unveils its Opening and Closing Sessions, among many other surprises, for the 19th edition

The 19th edition of Doclisboa launches with the motto of resistance, through a double bill reflecting on the continuity of struggle.

From Serbia, the festival presents Landscapes of Resistance, by Marta Popivoda, a film about one of the first women to be part of the Yugoslav resistance against Nazism. Through the story of this former partisan, Popivoda reflects on possibilities for the struggles of the present. In the same session, the film The Earth Is Still Blue When I Get Off Work, by Sérgio Silva, director and former programmer of the Brazilian Cinematheque, brings a contemplative look at the cinematographic archive and the ephemeral nature of heritage. Later in the festival Sérgio Silva will also present a special session, curated by him, dedicated to the Brazilian Cinematheque.

The Tale of King Crab from Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis, directors of Il Solengo (winner of Doclisboa’15), will close this year’s festival. The film, which had its world premiere in Cannes, sits in the folds of the universe of history and mythology, building a fiction upon the legend of Luciano; a complex anti-hero exiled from Italian medieval society, who leaves for Tierra del Fuego in search of treasure.

HEARTBEAT

The opening of the Heart Beat section will be taken on by a-ha The Movie, by Thomas Robsahm and Aslaug Holm. A film that follows the trajectory of the renowned Norwegian band from its early beginning to its rapid rise and international recognition until the band’s split .

The festival also welcomes Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s first film, Jane by Charlotte, in which the actress and singer sets out to film her mother, Jane Birkin, in a documentary that traces a complex and intimate history of their relationship and memories.

Heart Beat also announces another three world premieres, of three Portuguese titles.

Everything Must Go, by Maria João Guardão, follows the process of the eviction of João Fiadeiro from the space inhabited by his company, Atelier RE.AL, over the last 15 years, while giving a grand overview of his career’s work and very noticeable presence as a catalyst within  Portugal’s contemporary cultural panorama. In Eunice or a Letter to a Young ActressTiago Durão shares an intimate look at his accomplice, veteran Portuguese actress Eunice Muñoz, through her many roles as a woman, mother and grandmother. Meanwhile Spread Through Inland, by António Aleixo, produced by Tiago Pereira and with the participation of the Portuguese geographer Álvaro Domingues, travels to the center of Portugal in an attempt to recuperate the collective memory of this invisible side of the country.

Also in Heartbeat: in The Poet ’s Wife, by German filmmaker Helke Misselwitz (world premiere), we allow ourselves to be permeated by the work and wisdom of Turkish painter Güler Yücel and her love for life. Jamila Wignot’s Ailey honors the legacy of legendary African-American choreographer and activist Alvin Ailey. In Becoming CousteauLiz Garbus focuses on the life and legacy of the iconic explorer Jacques Cousteau. Oan Kim and Brigitte Bouillot map the life and artistic explorations of the Korean painter Kim Tschang-Yeul, in The Man Who Paints Water Drops, and Eugenio Puppo travels through the history of Brazilian post-new cinema in The Good Cinema.

The programme also comprises Philipp Hartmann’s most recent title, From the 84 DaysCharm Circle, by Nira BursteinYou Didn’t Know About Me, by Alan Minas Silva, and Captains of Zaatari, by Egyptian Ali Elarabi.

FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON

The section From the Earth to the Moon will present the three episodes of the documentary Uprising, directed by Steve McQueen and James Rogan. Distributed by the BBC Studios, the series builds on the 1981 New Cross fire, where 13 young Black British people lost their lives,portraying a country deeply entangled in its tensions between black communities and the growth of the far-right party National Front, under the shadow of the Thatcher era.

The festival also welcomes the return of Mark Cousins with The Story of Looking, a fundamental visual encyclopedia that reflects on how reality is perceived through the gaze.

The Argentinian Lucas Larriera presents his parallel investigation into the broadcast transmission of the 1969 moon landing in Channel 54, where the nature and veracity of the concept of image is the starting point for a series of conspiracy theories.

Closing Words reflects on the choice of ending life, lived through the attentive generosity of caregivers. A film with a delicate view, directed by the Belgians Gaëlle Hardy and Agnès Lejeune.

From The Earth to the Moon also includes two world premieres of Portuguese productions, examining Lisbon’s physical and psychic fabric: Jamaika, by José Sarmento Matos, an immersive vision of the reality of this neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon during the period of isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, where segregation and a lack of public policies intensifies the neighborhood’s weaknesses. Diogo Varela Silva returns to the festival with the film From the Neighbourhood, a portrait of the past and present of the historic Portuguese neighbourhoods of Alfama and Mouraria.

The environmental disaster in the Japanese city of Minamata and the decades-long legal battle waged by the affected community are the focus of Kazuo Hara‘s epic Minamata Mandala, which over the past 15 years has followed the lives of these victims. From The Wild Sea, by Robin Petré offers a powerful document of the climate crisis and the increasing destruction of marine animal life.

The lineup is completed with Mother Lode, by Matteo Tortone, North by Current, by Angelo Madsen Minax, A Midsummer Night’s Road, by Noga ChevionYou Can’t Show My Face by Knutte Wester and The Spark, by Antoine Harari & Valeria Mazzucchi.

 

Opening Session
The Earth is still Blue when I get off Work, by Sérgio Silva
Landscapes of Resistance, by Marta Popivoda

Closing Session
The Tale of King Crab, by Alessio Rigo de Righi e Matteo Zoppis

Heart Beat
a-ha The Movie, by Thomas Robsahm e Aslaug Holm
Ailey, by Jamila Wignot
Becoming Cousteau, by Liz Garbus
Captains of Zaatari, by Ali Elarabi
Charm Circle, de Nira Burstein
Spread Through Inland, by António Aleixo
Eunice or a Letter to a Young Actress, by Tiago Durão
From the 84 Days, by Philipp Hartmann
Jane by Charlotte, by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Everything Must Go, by Maria João Guardão
The Good Cinema, by Eugenio Puppo
The Man Who Paints Water Drops, by Oan Kim & Brigitte Bouillot
The Poet’s Wife, by Helke Misselwitz
You Didn’t Know About Me, by Alan Minas Silva

From the Earth to the Moon
a-ha The Movie, by Thomas Robsahm e Aslaug Holm
Ailey, by Jamila Wignot
Becoming Cousteau, by Liz Garbus
Captains of Zaatari, by Ali Elarabi
Charm Circle, de Nira Burstein
Cosmic Chant. Niño de Elche, by Marc Sempere-Moya & Leire Apellaniz
Spread Through Inland, by António Aleixo
Eunice or a Letter to a Young Actress, by Tiago Durão
From the 84 Days, by Philipp Hartmann
Jane by Charlotte, by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Everything Must Go, by Maria João Guardão
The Good Cinema, by Eugenio Puppo
The Man Who Paints Water Drops, by Oan Kim & Brigitte Bouillot
The Poet’s Wife, by Helke Misselwitz
You Didn’t Know About Me, by Alan Minas Silva