Welcome to Lisbon: there are mermaids by the Tagus and birds flying over the old city; there are mad scientists and singing fish; lost tourist guides and lost tourists; fado and sad guitars. What a weird city you may think - but no. Lisbon is about being different, sarcastic, welcoming to foreigners even in an economic crisis. Different directors became fascinated by our strangeness. We became fascinated by these directors. The city is never the same in these four episodes, here in Lisbon
- Francisca Castillo
- João Canijo
- Carloto Cotta
- Sónia Balacó
- Fernando Santos/Deborah Krystall
- Cláudia Leal
- Martinho de Jesus
- Joana de Verona
- Denis Côté
- Dominga Sotomayor
- Gabriel Abrantes
- Marie Losier
- André Santos
- Diogo Costa Amarante
- Jorge Quintela
- Rui Xavier
- Nicolas Roy
- Margarida Lucas
- Marie Losier
- Catherine Libert
- Felipe Galvez
- Dominga Sotomayor
- The Red Trio
- Norberto Lobo
- PORTUGAL FILM - PORTUGUESE FILM AGENCY
- INDIELISBOA - ASSOCIAÇÃO CULTURAL
Offers a surprising view of the Portuguese capital.
I see the forest as a way to connect with the world sometimes, a link between civilization and the pure strangeness in the characters’ lives. That’s what Curling is all about: how to connect with the world.
Born in New Brunswick in Canada in 1973, Denis Côté studied film at Ahuntsic College in Montréal. He began his career producing and directing over a dozen low budget shorts whilst also working as a radio presenter and film critic for the Montréal weekly newspaper Ici. In 2005 he directed his first feature LES ÉTATS NORDIQUES, that won the Golden Leopard at Locarno. BESTIAIRE screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2012. In 2013, VIC+FLO SAW A BEAR won a Silver Bear in Berlinale. JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING was selected for Berlinale Forum in 2014. In 2015, his short MAY WE SLEEP SOUNDLY screened at Toronto IFF, followed by EXCURSIONS which was selected at Le rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. His film A SKIN SO SOFT premiered in Locarno. His latest work is the film SOCIAL HYGIENE (2021) which was selected at Berlinale 2021.
Just shoot three-minute snippets of film that you collage together. And that's the way I've always worked
Marie Losier, born in France in 1972, is a filmmaker and curator working in New York. First, she studied literature at the University of Nanterre (France) and then Fine Arts in New York City. She has made a number of film portraits on avant-garde directors, musicians and composers such as Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad and Genesis P-Orridge. Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists. Her films are regularly shown at prestigious art and film festivals and museums. Her first feature film is a portrait of the musical genius Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and her band Psychic TV. The work in progress was presented in 2009 at The Centre George Pompidou in April to open “Hors Pistes”, as well as at the Cinemathèque Francaise in Paris in September. In 2011 the completed result of this project, THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, premiered in Berlinale Forum, winning the Teddy Award for Best Documentary and the Calligari Film Prize. Her latest short documentary FELIX IN WONDERLAND (2019) was selected in the Fuori Concorso section at Locarno FF.
Felix in Wonderland
Cassandro the Exotico!
L'Oiseau de la Nuit
Alan Vega: Just a Million Dreams
Bim, Bam, Boom, las Luchas Morenas
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
Eat My Makeup!
Cet air la
Slap the Gondola!
Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist
The Ontological Cowboy
Electrocute Your Stars
Lunch Break on the Xerox Machine
The Touch Retouched
We work in the sites where the world is taking new forms of life, where contemporary forms of life are being invented
Gabriel Abrantes, born in North Carolina in 1984, is an artist and filmmaker who has produced a significant body of work in film since studying at L’ École National des Beaux-Arts (2005-2006) and Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France (2007). Abrantes received a BA in Cinema and Visual Arts at Cooper Union in 2006. He has exhibited since 2002 in museums such as the MIT:List Center for the Arts in Boston, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, and Museu Serralves in Porto. In 2008, his works, OLYMPIA I/II were chosen for the IndieLisboa Festival, where in 2009 he won the New Talent Fnac Award with VISIONARY IRAQ. A HISTORY OF MUTUAL RESPECT, co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, was awarded the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film in Locarno, and IndieLisboa in 2010. He has established A Mutual Respect, a production company that seeks to find alternative means to produce moving-image work. In 2011, FRATELLI, co-directed with Alexandre Melo, was awarded in Curtas Vila do Conde and LIBERDADE, co-directed with Benjamin Crotty, in Locarno. PALÁCIOS DE PENA, was presented in Venice. In 2013 ZWAZO was shown in Rotterdam and ENNUI ENNUI had its world premiere at the Rome FF. TAPROBANA world premiered in Berlin's shorts competition section in 2014. In 2016, his short film FREUD AND FRIENDS was selected at the Berlinale. In 2018, his first feature DIAMANTINO, co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, was awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize at la Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.
I am interested in working with stories that are close to me; making fiction grow out of the empty spaces of my memory as a way to complete it.
Dominga Sotomayor was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. She directed the short films CESSNA (2005); NOVIEMBRE (2007); DEBAJO (2007); LA MONTAÑA (2008) and VIDEOJUEGO (2009), which have taken part in and received awards at several international film festivals. Her first feature film, DE JUEVES A DOMINGO, was developed at Cannes’ Cinéfondation Résidence, received Hubert Bals Fund script and development support and premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it won the Hivos Tiger Award, before going on to win awards at IndieLisboa (Best Film); New Horizons (Gran Prix Best Film); Valdivia Film Festival (Best Film) and many others. The film has been released in countries worldwide. Her second feature-film project, TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN, participated in the Binger Filmlab and Jerusalem International Film Lab programmes and received support from the Sundance Institute and the Hubert Bals Fund. Sotomayor has also participated in exhibitions in Santiago de Chile and London (Tate Modern) with video pieces and installations. LOS BARCOS (2016) was selected at IFF Rotterdam and IndieLisboa.