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DocLisboa opens its 13th edition tonight


- Over 200 films will screen until 31 October; Portugal - One Day at a Time is one of the most eagerly awaited local titles in the programme

DocLisboa opens its 13th edition tonight
Portugal - One Day at a Time by João Canijo and Anabela Monteiro

The 13th DocLisboa gets under way tonight with the screening, in competition, of Italian director Pietro Marcello’s Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
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(previously screened at Locarno) and will come to an end on 31 October with Patricio Guzman’s latest film, The Pearl Button [+see also:
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. In between, the festival is programming 234 films from 40 countries, 43 of them as world premieres. Short and feature-length films are no longer separated into different sections this year.

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Portuguese film production is represented by a total of 46 short and feature-length films, ten of which are screening in competition. Among them is Portugal - One Day at a Time [+see also:
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, co-directed by veteran filmmaker João Canijo and actress Anabela Monteiro. The two of them previously collaborated closely on E o Amor, a film shot in 2013 in the northern fishing community of Caxias.

Their new entry is the result of a year and a half of shooting, which generated over 300 hours of images, subsequently edited into a 155-minute film. In Portugal - One Day at a Time, Canijo and Moreira paint a poignant portrait of the Portuguese countryside, which has increasingly been threatened by desertification in the last 40 years. They film the locals and their perception of the slow passing of time... The screening at DocLisboa is a launch platform for the film’s local theatrical release, which is scheduled for 5 November (courtesy of Midas Filmes).

Other Portuguese titles in competition include the features Rio Corgo by Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa, Maybe Desert Perhaps Universe by Miguel Seabra Lopes and Karen Akerman, and the short film Vila do Conde Extended by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos.

As in previous editions, the festival includes Heart Beat, a section dedicated to music, which this year will unveil, among others, Diogo Varela Silva’s Celeste (a documentary on the director’s grandmother, fado singer Celeste Rodrigues), Tiago Pereira’s Porque Não Sou o Giacometti do Século XXI and Hervé Martin-Delpierre’s Daft Punk Unchained.

As previously announced, DocLisboa also features a section dedicated to terrorism and cinema, entitled “I don’t throw bombs, I make films” (read more), and a retrospective on Zelimir Zilnik, which includes two master classes led by the 73-year-old Serbian director.

The 13th edition marks a new chapter in the history of DocLisboa, now directed by three people: Cíntia Gil, Davide Oberto and Tiago Afonso.

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