Portuguese cinema is present in the Swiss festival that runs from August 3 to 13, with five Portuguese productions by Carlos Conceição, Acácio de Almeida and Marie Carré, Sofia El Khyari, João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, and Manoel de Oliveira.
The feature film “Nação Valente” by Carlos Conceição, a co-production between Mirabilis (Angola), Virgine Films (France) and Terratreme (Portugal) is part of the International Competition, competing for the Golden Leopard.
“Nação Valente” is a film about “the end of Portuguese colonialism, the independence of Angola”, is another project that has the support of the Tourism and Film Support Fund.
The film “Onde Fica esta Rua ou Sem Antes nem Depois”, by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, also produced by the Portuguese production company Terratreme, will be presented in the Out of Competition section.
This category will also screen the documentary “Objects of Light”, by Acácio de Almeida and Marie Carré, a Bando à Parte production.
The international competition section of short and medium-length films will feature the short animation film “L’Ombre des papillons”, by Moroccan director Sofia El Khyari, a production between France, Portugal, Qatar, and Morocco.
Finally, beside the major classics of cinema present in the section History(s) of Cinema will be Manoel de Oliveira‘s film, “O Dia do Desespero” (1992), about the last days of writer Camilo Castelo Branco’s life.