Portugal with a hint of Brazil

Utopia – the 4th UK Portuguese Film Festival starts next week, showcasing the best in Portuguese-language cinema, and we are giving away tickets for various movies. This year’s theme is “film, memory and landscape”, reflecting the nostalgic nature of the Camões country, as well as the cultural and visual connection to its former colonies.

The event includes two previously unseen Brazilian films: They´ll come Back, by Marcelo Lordello (pictured above) and the documentary Housemaids, by Gabriel Mascaro. Brazilian actors such as Lázaro Ramos will also feature in non-Brazilian films.

The programme combines contemporary works by renowned directors such as London Film Festival regulars Zezé Gamboa (The Hero) and João Pedro Rodrigues (Two Drifters), along with productions by new directors Portuguese Salomé Lamas and Brazilian Marcelo Lordello.

The selection weaves together a cross-cultural narrative of surprising links, presenting a rare opportunity to discover more about the artistic and cultural singularity of production from countries such as Angola, Portugal, Guinea Bissau and Brazil.

Among this year’s festival selection is Emmy Award-nominated Brazilian actor Lázaro Ramos, who plays Joãozinho in Zezé Gamboa’s The Great Kilapy – a candid and witty portrait of the last decade of Portuguese rule in Angola.

Other highlights are the playfully over-baked melodrama about an ill-fated preoperative transsexual in João Pedro Rodrigues and João Guerra da Mata’s The Last Time I Saw Macao, which received a Special Mention award at the Locarno International Film Festival 2012.

The event will take place at various locations in London (such as the Ciné Lumière, the Barbican and the ICA) between November 27th and December 8th 2013.

Jungledrums is giving away three pairs of tickets: one for the opening next Wednesday (the Great Kilapy, at 6:20 at the Ciné Lumière) and the two Brazilian films (They´ll Come Back and Housemaids). Just e-mail us at info@jungledrums.org and let us know which of the three you would like to see.

You can check the full programme and book tickets by visiting the website (just click here).

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