The UK’s first Portuguese Film Festival

A mix of music and cinema portrays the best of Portugal’s vast cinematic cultural references

The first Portuguese Film Festival to happen in the UK will bring to the Barbican and Ritzy cinemas six titles (four of these UK premieres), revolving around one central theme: Sound in Cinema – Music in Film.
It’s set to celebrate not only the traditional Fado, represented by director Perdigão Queiroga’s film Fado, Story of a Singer, that opens the event on June 26th, but also other genres that go from the Arabic influence to sub-Saharan African elements.

The selection of titles mixes narrative features and documentaries and even has a musical comedy, My Voice, by Flora Gomes. The interesting plot tells the story of a young woman that moves from Guinea Bissau to Paris and believes that she’ll be cursed for life if she dares to sing.

Other films from the programme are Manoel de Olveira’s The Cannibals, Perpetual Movements: A Cine-Tribute to Carlos Paredes, a portrait of this that is considered to be a Portuguese guitar genius, directed by Edgar Pêra, “Our Beloved Month of August”, directed by Miguel Gomes, and Bruno de Almeida’s  documentary “The Art of Amália”, that pictures the resemblances between Fado and American blues through the melancholic music of the famous singer Amália Rodrigues.

Ticket prices: £4.50-£9.50

Sat 26 June– Sun 27 June – Barbican Cinema
barbican.org.uk/film

Thu 8 July – Fri 9 July Ritzy Cinema
picturehouses.co.uk/cinema

By Zaira Brilhante

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