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DOCLISBOA’20 programme unveiled / 206 films, 49 countries represented, 31 world premieres

This year's program features 206 films, 31 world premieres and 30 international premieres, spread over the six moments of the festival, between October 2020 and March 2021.
The model of this year’s festival starts from the will to engage encounters and to create a ground for the collective experience of cinematographic art, in contribution to social reconstruction and strengthening. It is in this sense that the direction of Doclisboa invites the public to accompany the festival on a six-month journey through different programmatic landscapes: "Signals" (October 22 to November 1), "Movements" (November 5 to 11), "Spaces of Intimacy" (December 3 to 9) , “So Many Stories Left Untold” (January 14 to 20), “Archives of the Time Being” (February 4 to 10) and “Where I’m Coming From, Where I’m Going To” (March 4 to 10).
In the festival’s first moment, which will takes place between October 22 and November 1, the curtain will be lifted to reveal what can be seen over the next six months, through “Signals” - a selection of five films representative of the different programmes designed for each moment - Mon Amour, by David Teboul; Riverock, by Paula Gaitán; War, by José Oliveira and Marta Ramos, Chelas Nha Kau, by the collective Bataclan 1950 and Bagabaga Studios - these last screening for their world premiere at Doclisboa; and Kubrick by Kubrick, by Gregory Monro.
Doclisboa's first moment is completed by the previously announced retrospective Permanent Travel - The Restless Cinema of Georgia, the Body of Work programme, the Opening Session with Nheengatu - The Language of the Amazon Forest, by José Barahona, and two special sessions of Cinema of Urgency, programmed by the collective Mentuwajê Guardians of Culture and SOS Racismo.
The second moment of Doclisboa takes place from November 5 to 11. “Movements” intends to swim within the fluid concepts of identity, space and time in their most diverse layers, whether in the personal, social or political sphere, offering a look at the latest films by Maria Clara Escobar, Luciana Fina, Mouaad el Salem and Cláudia Varejão.
Over the following months, the festival will also present world premieres such as "Life in Common", by Diogo Pereira, and "Visions of the Empire", by Joana Pontes; will journey through different musical spheres, reverberating with the punk energy of "Mata-Ratos Live at the Linda-a-Velha Academy", in a documentary by Patrick Mendes, and basking in the delicacy and tenderness with which a 90-year-old piano teacher engraves her Brahms lessons upon her young students, in Edgardo Cozarinsky’s “Medium”. Doclisboa’s 18th edition will also feature the latest films by Paula Gaitán, Frederick Wiseman, and Radu Jude.

Screenings will all take place in physical cinemas in Lisbon (Cinema São Jorge, Culturgest, Cinemateca Portuguesa and Cinema Ideal), with the exception of Green Years and the historical programme designed for Body of Work, which will be available at from October 22 to November 3.
Doclisboa’s industry hub, Nebulae, will take place entirely online, offering activities, gatherings, opportunities and people for the advancement of the creation, production and dissemination of independent film.
From October to March, the whole world fits in Lisbon!
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