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Fantasporto 2012 has decided to pay its tribute to director-producer António-Pedro Vasconcelos

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TRIBUTE TO ANTÓNIO-PEDRO VASCONCELOS 2012   António-Pedro Vasconcelos Homage in Fantasporto 2012   A director who was able to attract over 1 million viewers to the cinemas to see Portuguese films, definitely deserves a tribute at Fantasporto 2012. António-Pedro Vasconcelos is the only director who can boast such a feat and the International Film Festival of Porto has chosen him as the Portuguese personality to be highlighted in its 32ndedition. Becau...

M'zab l'architecture egalitaire

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Director: José Manuel de S. Lopes.
When, in the beginning of the tenth century, the IBADITS settled in El-Atteuf, currently in the Algerian Sahara, looking for a safe haven from the FATIMIDS’ attacks, they considered their community to be in a stage of survival. Such means that luxury and exuberance were forbidden and the members of the community should be content with the very minimum. The austerity reflected in the style of the IBADITAS buildings of the M’zab is a result of a voluntary search for the essential, which largely responds to religious preoccupations

ZÉ DA GUINÉ CRÓNICA DUM AFRICANO EM LISBOA

Director: José Manuel de S. Lopes.
An African youngster, Zé da Guiné, arrives to Lisbon looking for an abundant city, a wonderful World, where all dreams can come true. By that time, in the mid-70s, the city is only abundant in its motion and words. There was no other richness, that richness of the cornucopia he was expecting. He tries to get used to this idea, which is facilitated by the size and movement of the city. He grasps the opportunity and does what he can do best, and which is taught by experience to every African: making the new with the old. He becomes acquainted and friend with all new currents’ protagonists, from arts to the media. He reinvents fashion and invents the night. It is the Brown, the Souk, the Rockhouse, the Noites Longas, the Bebop. Lisbon prevails the night, a colorful night, where all quadrants and all chapels meet and recognize each othr in the mythical Fridays of Noites Longas. Lisbon grows, proud of its people from so many places, and creeds. Before Zé da Guiné, nights were dark, cold and scary. A quarter of a century after, what remains of all this?

European Directors In TIFF Spotlight

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 Manoel De Oliveira (Portugal) The Toronto International Film Festival has always had a love affair with European cinema and this year, in its 35th anniversary year, is no different. Nearly half of the films presented here this week are European or have European co-production partners. The European Film Promotion organization is assisting nearly 50 European sales companies with their presence here in order to assist the films in finding North American distribution here. More in ...

Festroia Lifetime Achievement Award

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  On its 26th edition, FESTROIA – International Film Festival of Setúbal decided once more to pay a tribute to Portuguese cinema, by presenting a Lifetime Achievement Dolphin Award to Rogério Samora, who is celebrating three decades as an actor. Rogério Samora is the fifth Portuguese actor to receive Festroia’s most important individual award, after Ruy de Carvalho (2003), Raul Solnado (2004), Joaquim de Almeida (2006) and Nicolau Breyner (2008). Born in Lisbon in 1958, J...

Queue for The Strange Case of Angelica

People queuing outside the Debussy Theater in Cannes for the 11:00 AM screening of Manoel de Oliveira's The Strange Case of Angelica, part of the Un Certain Regard selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2010.

Fantasporto unveils highlights for the 30th anniversary edition

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At the Rivoli ­ Teatro Municipal, between the 26th February and the 7th March 2010, it is time to celebrate 30 years of dedication to films and the film industry. In the World Heritage City of portwine, of the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean,  Oporto will be again the meeting place of large audiences celebrating the most important film festival in Portugal. As usual, and the prestige of the festival was built on this, the Oporto festival brings the most recent productions presente...

Fantasporto 30: programme released

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At the Rivoli ­ Teatro Municipal, between the 26th February and the 7th March 2010, it is time to celebrate 30 years of dedication to films and the film industry. In the World Heritage City of portwine, of the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean, Oporto will be again the meeting place of large audiences celebrating the most important film festival in Portugal. As usual, and the prestige of the festival was built on this, the Oporto festival brings the most recent productions presented in three...

Award-Winning Portugese Director To Be Jury Member at ÉCU 2010

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Director Joao Salaviza pictured center. Salaviza won the Palme d'Or Short Film award for his film "Arena" at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe) Porguese director, João Salaviza, awarded “Best Short Film” at Cannes 2009 for his film, “Arena” Born in Lisbon in 1984, Salaviza majored in cinema at the School of Theater and Cinema, concluding his studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first shor...

A Peek At Portugese Cinema at NYFF

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   TO DIE LIKE A MAN (Joao Pedro Rodrigues) Portugese cinema has had a bit of a low profile of late (overshadowed by its Iberian neighbor Spain) but this year's New York Film Festival has a surprising number of new films from Portugal that are among the highlights of this year's film gathering. Reaching one's 100th birthday is an accomplishment for anyone anywhere, but while most in their centenary are content to sit on the back porch reminiscing about their lives, director...

Cape Winelands Film Festival at the Labia Theatres

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Since the first edition the Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF) has significantly grown in size and international participation. South African cinephiles will have an opportunity to see a rich diversity of films from more than 35 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Belgium, Burkina Faso, the USA, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestine, the UK, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, France, India, Thailand, Turkey, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia,...

Fantasporto program highlights, 3 competitive sections, tribute to Director José Fonseca e Costa ...

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Apart from the 3 competitive Sections- Fantasy , Directors Week and Orient Express- the festival pays tribute to Portuguese Director José Fonseca e Costa who will receive a Career Award . A retrospective of Galicean Cinema will highlight the festival as one of the most promising in modern Europe. Jorg Buttgereit and a retrospective of his work offer a glimpse of the complex and polemic work of this German filmmaker. And a selection of the Best European shorts will be presented in a fabu...

Berlinale Camera for Manoel de Oliveira

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Since 1986, the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks with this award.As announced previously, Berlinale Cameras are being awarded to French director Claude Chabrol, and German film and television producer Günter Rohrbach (at the Friedrichstadtpalast at 9 pm on Feb. 9). As the Festival would now like to make known, it will also be honouring Portuguese di...

Fantasporto to showcase Fantasy Cinema for its 28th consecutive year.

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Fantasporto is back for its 28th consecutive year. For 15 days, Oporto, Portugal, becomes the capital of the film world , starting with a multimedia show in the square opposite the Rivoli Theatre. And the red carpet, sound and lights will welcome the visitors of Portugal’s greatest festival. In its competitive sections (Fantasy Films, Directors Week and Orient Express) Fantasporto offers a wide range of the latest and best film production in the world, screened at the two auditoriums of the R...

FANTASPORTO 2008 - PORTO AGAIN THE CAPITAL OF THE FILM WORLD

Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival is back. Its 28th edition starts on the 25th February till 9th March at the Rivoli Theatre and the Sá da Bandeira Theatre, the main theatres of the 2008 event. The Opening Night is on the 25th with the awarded feature “No Country for Old Men” by Joel e Ethan Coen. Before the Coen’s film, an Homage to Max von Sydow in the presence of the artist and in the year of Ingmar Bergman’s death, for whom he was one of his favourite actors.The...

FANTASPORTO 2008 - FANTASY CINEMA IS BACK TO OPORTO

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Fantasporto is back for its 28th consecutive year. For 15 days, Oporto, Portugal, becomes the capital of the film world , starting with a multimedia show in the square opposite the Rivoli Theatre. And the red carpet, sound and lights will welcome the visitors of Portugal’s greatest festival. In its competitive sections (Fantasy Films, Directors Week and Orient Express) Fantasporto offers a wide range of the latest and best film production in the world, screened at the two auditoriums of the R...

Debut Of A Portugese Minimalist

 Wednesday, August 1-----When COLOSSAL YOUTH, Portugese director Pedro Costa's minimalist mural of urban decay in contemporary Lisbon, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, it was the kind of film that critics love to argue about. Some of the film's (and the director's) supporters declared the film to a meditative study of societal tensions, while others found its slow pacing and oversized length (nearly 3 hours) to be almost unbearable. Walk outs at Cannes (not to mention...

Kim Ki Duk and many more...back to Fantasporto

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It happens every year. In February, the month of St Valentine and Carnival, the second most important city in Portugal receives thousands of film enthusiasts for another edition of Fantasporto. A fortnight of the best cinema in the world. And, as usual, new discoveries and new creators together with old talents and retrospectives. The 27th edition of the biggest film festival in Portugal is supported by the Ministry of Culture, through the ICAM, the Portuguese Film Institute, as well as the Opor...

The film festival of Portugal is back to Oporto in a week

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The film festival of Portugal is back to Oporto between the 20th February and the 5th March. As usual, the Rivoli is the main theatre of Portugal¹s leading festival- with its competitive sections, Fantasy, Directors Week and Orient Express, as well as the Retrospectives of the 26th edition. And they are the Hungarian Cinema, Bollywood Cinema, Bill Plympton, the Brothers Shaw and German Expressionism.Also included in the program is the best of the latest Portuguese cinema and an Homage to Manoel...

Madeira has a film festival!

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1st Funchal International Film Festival pays homage to director/producer ANTÓNIO DA CUNHA TELLES and SPANISH CINEMA 7th till 13th NovemberThis yearly event is a project to fulfill the need of audiences to see the film production of lesser known countries and, at the same time, to promote Madeira and its capital as a wonderful tourism destination.Bearing this in mind, the FICF 2005 was born. Its first edition will be held the 5th till 13th November, and it will pay homage to Madeira director/ pr...

Fantasporto program preview

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FIRST LINE UP FOR FANTASPORTO’200525 YEARS OF FESTIVAL21st February till March 7th 2005Welcome to Oporto, Unesco World Heritage Town and to its 25th edition of Fantasporto!The Oporto International Film Festival, or Fantasporto, as it is better known, is the biggest and most prestigious film event in Portugal and it is spreading its wings internationally. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary next February 2005, the festival is going to bring to Oporto some of its winners, some well known faces ...

Fantosporto (25th) final line up will hit big in Portugal

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FINAL LINE UP FOR FANTASPORTO’200525 YEARS OF FESTIVALThe Oporto International Film Festival, or Fantasporto, as it is better known, is the biggest and most prestigious film event in Portugal and it is spreading its wings internationally. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary next February 2005, the festival is going to bring to Oporto some of its winners, some well known faces of the cinema of today as well as their films. Already confirmed are the presences of Guilherme del Toro, the Mexican ...

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