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3X3D (Edgar Pêra, Jean-Luc Godard,Peter Greenaway, 2013)
"One of 2013's most thrillingly virtuoso filmmaking achievements." – Hollywood Reporter ... The closing night film of the 2013 Cannes Critics' Week is actually three films in one: a tripty… Read more

A Cicade De Cassiano (Edgar Pera, 1991)
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A History of Mutual Respect (Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt, 2010)
Eccentric and disquieting, this film follows two cynical and worldly young Europeans (played by the film's directors) who travel to Latin America seeking pure exotic sensuality in the third world. Un… Read more

ANOTHER WAY OF LIFE (Paulo Rocha, 1967)
Returning from military service in Angola, a young Portuguese fisherman learns that his girl, in the absence of news from him, has married his brother. He is obliged to accept the situation and takes… Read more

BELLE TOUJOURS (Manoel de Oliveira, 2006)
“I'm a different woman now. I'm not the same woman who needed to be in love with one man to make love with another.” Thirty-nine years after Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriére shocked a… Read more

Christ's Passion in Old Portuguese Paintings (Baptisto Rosa, 1961)
This colour film deals with the various stages of Our Lord's Passion as revealed in the most representative works of the Portuguese painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. ... Read more

CHRISTOPHER COLOMBUS - THE ENIGMA (Manoel de Oliveira, 2007)
Life is the journey, life is the enigma. ... At 99 years old, veteran filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira (Belle Toujours, MIFF 07) returns to MIFF with Christopher Columbus - The Enigma, a romanticised ble… Read more

CITY OF PIRATES (Raul Ruiz, 1983)
La Ville Les Pirates stunned the Venice Film Festival with its breathtaking imagery and bloodthirsty relationship between a murderous child and the woman who may be his mother. Between Anne Alvaro, a… Read more

COLOSSAL YOUTH (Pedro Costa, )
“It's no exaggeration to say that Colossal Youth was the single most divisive film at Cannes in 2006.” - LA Weekly ... Mining material from his films Bones and In Vanda's Room, filmmaker Pedro Co… Read more

Douro Fiana Fluvial (Manuel de Oliviera, 1932)
A lively documentary impression of the port of Oporto. The film owes something to the Soviet classics and the French avantgarde, yet remained essentially Portuguese and is noted for its photography a… Read more

ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLOND HAIR GIRL (Manoel de Oliveira, 2009)
“All the evil in the world comes from the fact we care about one another.” ... Now in his 100th year, the world's oldest working filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira brings another great work to MIFF aft… Read more

FADOS (Carlos Saura, 2008)
Encounter the music from Portugal that is conquering the world. ... Fado, the Portugese national song of passion, sorrow and remembrance born from the slums of 19th-century Lisbon, is the subject of … Read more

FEW DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, A (Santiago Amigorena, )
“[Juliet] Binoche is charmingly convincing as a sophisticated French female James Bond who speaks several languages, is handy with an automatic and has kept a pet turtle longer than she keeps her m… Read more

FROM THE EAST (Chantal Akerman, 1993)
This stylised documentary from the (always art) House of Akerman is the product of the director's travels from East Germany to Moscow shot over some six months. Without the conventional documentary t… Read more

GEBO AND THE SHADOW (Manoel de Oliveira, 2012)
"Every shot is a tour de force of precision that leans toward pure hallucination." - Cinema Scope ... At the age of 104, the indefatigable Manoel de Oliveira (The Strange Case of Angelica, MIFF 2010)… Read more

LAST TIME I SAW MACAO, The (João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, 2012)
"Chris Marker, James Bond, film noir, B-movies, sci-fi. [We] like to see the film as being influenced by all of them, but also as if we started from zero." – filmmakers João Pedro R… Read more

Lisbon Seen By Its Children (Antonio Lopes Ribeiro, 1959)
A film of an art exhibition which aimed at giving Portuguese children the opportunity of showing their impression of life around them. ... Read more

LONDON BRIEF (Jon Jost, 1997)
To those familiar with the extensive array of films by Jon Jost, he is a figurehead, a pioneer amongst independent and experimental filmmakers. Jost is a one-man crew. With camera in hand, he has con… Read more

Man, A (Laurent Simoes, 2005)
Our anti-hero reclines on his banana lounger, drinks, smokes and harasses his girlfriend. You don't need familiarity with this poem, or any Bukowski, to appreciate the Beat sensibility. ... Read more

MEMORIES (Harun Farocki, Eugène Green, Pedro Costa, 2007)
Originally created for the Jeonju International Film Festival's Digital Project, Memories is a short film triptych from three very different European directors. German Harun Farocki's Respite is an o… Read more

murmuring coast, the (Margarida Cardoso, 2004)
The debut feature of Margarida Cardoso is a beautifully nuanced film about love, power, subordination and pride. ... Young bride Evita arrives in an African colony coastal town to spend her honeymoon… Read more

MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Raúl Ruiz, 2010)
"Raúl Ruiz's head-spinning Mysteries of Lisbon is a period drama of contemporary import - and of the highest order." - Variety ... The fate of a dozen characters intertwine over three decades,… Read more

NE CHANGE RIEN (Pedro Costa, 2009)
“The film is a sensorial exaltation… feast on the liquescent black and white cinematography, while Jeanne Balibar purrs her way through the recording and performing of an ensemble of musical … Read more

ODETE (João Pedro Rogrigues, 2005)
Odete screened at the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, 2005, where it won a Special Mention. ... With Odete, filmmaker João Pedro Rodriguez asks, “Can we survive the loss of… Read more

PALACES OF PITY (Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt, 2011)
A richly symbolic, absurdly comic parable of Portugal's historical burden of guilt and oppression. ... Winners of the Best Experimental Short at MIFF 11 for A History of Mutual Respect, directors Gab… Read more

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