Twelve films will compete in the 13th edition of the Leffest festival, which takes place between November 15 and 24, being evaluated by a jury that includes pianist Maria João Pires and actor Wagner Moura, the organization announced today.
The competition – featuring titles such as ‘Atlantis’ by Valentyn Vasyanovych, ‘Happy Birthday’ by Cédric Kahn, ‘Patrick’ by Gonçalo Waddington or ‘The Wild Goose Laque’ by Yi’nan Diao – aims ” discover high quality films by young filmmakers from all over the globe, “says the organization.
The jury of this section is composed by Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, singer and actress Yasmine Hamdan, Brazilian actor Wagner Moura and actress and model Victoria Guerra.
Four prizes were awarded last year, with Emir Baigazin’s ‘O Rio’ being considered the Best Leffest Film.
Out of competition, but also on display, will be 14 other films.
In this section, you can watch titles such as ‘A Dog Called Money’ by Seamus Murphy featuring PJ Harvey’s alternative song icon ‘Adults in the Room’, Costa-Gavras movie about former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, or ‘By the Grace of God’, by François Ozon, based on actual cases of pedophilia in the Catholic Church.
This selection of out-of-competition films aims, according to the organization, to provide “a comprehensive look at world film production, giving you the chance to see the most anticipated films of the coming season in national premiere.”
In addition, some directors and / or actors will be present to present their films, answer questions and talk to the public.
The festival will be attended by industry figures such as German director Wim Wenders, US actor Willem Dafoe, songwriter and director Laurie Anderson, and US filmmaker Abel Ferrara.
Leffest will include in its calendar the international symposium ‘Resistances’, where topics such as climate justice, social equality, allegations of corruption and other claims will be discussed.
Confirmed speakers include yellow vest movement representative Maxime Nicole, philosopher and actor Mehdi Belhaj Cacem and Boycott human rights activist and co-founder Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Omar Barghouti.
The festival will take place between Lisbon and Sintra, with exhibitions occupying spaces such as Nimas, Cinema Medeia Monumental, Forum Lisbon, Maria Matos Theater or Teatro do Bairro, in the capital, as well as Olga Cadaval Cultural Center, National Palace of Queluz and Quinta Mont Fleuri, in Sintra.
In the draft of the protocol between the municipality of Sintra and the festival’s organizer, Leopardo Filmes, by producer Paulo Branco, a financial support of 250 thousand euros was foreseen for this edition.
After 10 editions held in Estoril and Lisbon, Leffest, launched in 2007, directed by producer Paulo Branco, takes place for the third consecutive year in Sintra, after the municipality decided to replace the Cascais Chamber.