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Periferias Festival presents over 30 films in Alentejo and Extremadura

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More than 30 films will be screened in historical and cultural places of Marvão (Portalegre) and Cáceres (Spanish Extremadura), at the 7th edition of the International Film Festival Peripheries that opens on Saturday, was released today

The festival, taking place until the 18th of this month, will bring outdoor cinema back to villages and historical places of the Portuguese-Spanish streak, in an initiative of the Periferias Cultural Association (Portugal) and Gato Pardo (Spain).

The director of the Periferias festival, Paula Duque, told the Lusa agency today that the initiative is directed to themes such as human rights, environment, and art.

“We want it to be a reflection festival and we hope the public will adhere to this cultural offer,” he said.

The cinema produced in both countries continues to occupy a prominent place in this year’s program, which includes works of different genres, such as documentary, fiction, and animation.

In addition to the films, the festival, which is supported by the Participatory Budget of Portugal, will promote concerts, exhibitions, and debates.

“This is a festival that is consolidated and which, in the last edition, was attended by more than 4,500 people, a spectacular turnout. We can say that it is a cultural offer that asserts itself,” said Paula Duque.

Among the usual and other premier stages, the festival has scheduled sessions for the castles of Marvão and Valencia de Alcántara, in the Spanish province of Cáceres, in the deactivated train station of Beirã, in streets and squares of various historical centers, in the ruins of the Roman city of Ammaia or, this year for the first time, in the bullring of Santo António das Areias.

The festival is also present in Castelo de Vide, Fontanheira and Portagem, and in the Spanish towns of Cedillo, Zarza la Mayor and Malpartida de Cáceres, as well as learning about the history and heritage of the sites through guided tours and walking tours.

The official opening of the festival takes place on Saturday, from 21:30, at Marvão Castle, with the screening of the movie “Rain is singing in the village of the dead”, by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora.

The film, distinguished at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the jury’s special award, was shot over nine months in an indigenous village of the Krahô tribe in Brazil.

The program of the Periferias festival also includes the premiere of a documentary about Mozambican writer Mia Couto, “I’m the author of my name”, by Swedish filmmaker Solveig Nordlund.

The name of Mia Couto is also associated, as the author of the story, to the film Mabata Bata, by Mozambican director Sol de Carvalho, which will be screened on the last day of the festival, in Galegos, Marvão.

In addition to Portugal’s Participatory Budget, the festival has the support of the Portuguese side, the European Regional Development Fund, the Euroace Program (Alentejo, Centro, Extremadura), Marvão and Castelo de Vide municipalities, Alentejo Regional Directorate of Culture, Regional Coordination Commission for Alentejo and Tourism of Portugal.

On the Spanish side, the main supports are from the Board and Film Library of Extremadura, Diputacion de Cáceres and the Ayuntamiento de Valencia de Alcántara.

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