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Published: 0247 GMT November 27, 2021

Portuguese artist: Iranian filmmakers well-known in Portugal

Portuguese artist: Iranian filmmakers well-known in Portugal

The manager of Doclisboa Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival, Miguel Ribeiro, said that Portuguese audiences are in general very curious about cinema from all around the world and that Iranian filmmakers whose films have been screened in Portugal are quite well-known by the audience.

In an interview with the media headquarters of the 15th edition of the Cinema Vérité, he said, “There is of course still a long way to go, especially in what concerns newcomers, and we at Doclisboa are very attentive to what is being done in Iran. Participating at a festival like Cinema Vérité is also a way to strengthen these bridges and we would only wish that we could be there in person to meet all of those attending the festival,” reported.

He added, “At Doclisboa, we don't have one focus within the programme, we like to think of the programme as many entrance doors. I can highlight some of them.”

“In the 19th edition of Doclisboa, which ran from October 21 to 31, we presented complete retrospectives of two filmmakers we profoundly admire: Cecilia Mangini and Ulrike Ottinger. Both of them made films through the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of this one, but in such different ways that having the two retrospectives together allowed to shine a light on the diversity that cinema can bring us into a complex understanding of our times.”

He added that Mangini filmed Italy, the struggles of the Italian people, filmed love, fighting and emancipation. Ottinger filmed fairy tales in a way that they became fictional spaces for the experimentation of ideas that we can only imagine, and she traveled so much with her camera, especially through Asia where her free spirit loved and depicted the arts of these places into her films.

“In Nebulae, the industry space of Doclisboa, Croatia was the invited country. This allowed a lot of filmmakers and producers from the country to bring their ideas for developing films to Lisbon, while we were screening films from the School of Dramatic Arts from Zagreb from the 70s until today.”

He added, “Nebulae is a space designed for the industry attending the festival, a place where we foster the development of films and ideas in an informal but highly participative atmosphere. Here you can find pitching sessions, encounters with people from all fields of action, debates, and talks on subjects that matter to all of us – from creation to funding, from curation to archive. All the activities at Nebulae are open to the audience as we also want to maintain an open debate and involve all of those interested in discussing what we are doing and how we are doing it.”

Commenting on the similarities between the two countries’ cinema industries, he said that Portuguese and Iranian filmographies are quite different, but there’s something that can be seen in both: Cinema as a way to get closer. In both countries there are difficulties in production, there is a growing cinema community and a lot of passion put into every film that is made.

“I also take this chance to invite all to think of further similarities while watching the three Portuguese films we are showing in the Doclisboa programme at Cinema Vérité.”

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Miguel Ribeiro studied Science of Communication at the New University of Lisbon, and joined Doclisboa – International Film Festival in 2012 as programmer and programme coordinator.

Since 2020, he has formed part of the direction of Doclisboa. He is also currently a member of the executive board of Apordoc – the Portuguese Documentary Association. Through several collaborations, Miguel has developed a series of curatorial programmes between film, performance, and visual arts and is a regular presence in panels, talks, and festival juries.

‘Breeding Ground’ by Pedro Filipe Marques, ‘Earth’ by Hiroatsu Suzuki and Rossana Torres, ‘Perpetual Person’ by Javier Bellido Valdivia, and ‘Rio Torto’ by Mário Veloso are among the top films of Doclisboa International Film Festival to be screened in the Iranian festival.

Iran’s Cinema Vérité, to be held from December 9 to 16, is organized by the Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), which is the largest center for production, distribution and promotion of documentary, animated and experimental films in the Middle East.

The Iranian festival aims, among other objectives, to promote creative documentaries and reinforce the link between documentary cinema and social facts and events.



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