PortoPostDoc: documentary films storm Porto
by Vitor Pinto
- A new competition dedicated to documentary films is set to kick off in December; but it has already unveiled its works to whet the public’s appetite
A brand-new film festival will take place in the city of Porto between 4 and 13 December this year. Although the dates for this event might seem a little far off, the PortoPostDoc is already advertising itself as an exciting competition with the potential to attract an audience eager for new and innovative ideas in a city in which, despite its ever-growing creative energy, there is only one movie theatre dedicated to arthouse cinema, in addition to very occasional themed programmes organised by organisations such as Milímetro or the Porto Cineclub.
As its name suggests, PortoPostDoc will primarily focus on documentary films in all their intricacy and variations, including that variety that is as fashionable as it is unsettling, flirting with fiction and questioning the limits of what is real and what is not. Dario Oliveira, who has for 21 years been the artistic director of the Vila do Conde Short Film Festival, is heading the project; over the next few weeks, he is already organising a series of screenings under the banner “Há filmes na Baixa” (lit. “There are films in the centre”) to whet the public’s appetite.
A Mãe e o Mar, the new documentary by Gonçalo Tocha (director of the award-winning It’s the Earth Not the Moon [+see also:
film profile]), kicked off the first of these screenings, but the programme also includes other works such as Coast of Death [+see also:
interview: Lois Patiño
film profile] by Galician director Lois Patiño (read the review), To Kill a Man [+see also:
film profile], a Franco-Chilean co-production directed by Alejandro Fernández Alemendras that won at the last IndieLisboa Festival, and O Som ao Redor (lit. “Sounds of the Neighbourhood”) by Brazil’s Kleber Mendonça Filho.
Beyond the screenings, PortoPostDoc also has a production aspect to it. Among the six projects being prepared is one that explores Porto’s working-class neighbourhoods, to be directed by João Salaviza, the winner of a Palme d’Or for his short Arena as well as a Golden Bear for Rafa, another short. It is hoped that this project, as well as the others, will be released in 2015.
(Translated from Spanish)