Very soon one of the most awaited events in Portugal will be held once again: the Queer Lisboa in its thirteenth edition. It is a cultural gay festival appreciated worldwide. This event, held from September 18th to September 26th, marks the end of the summer. The event will take place in three Sao Jorge cinema halls in Lisbon.
This is a festival for gay and lesbian films along with short films. This supposes a healthy competition that brings together 95 movies and short films sponsored by the Audiovisual Institute. This year’s jury is composed of: Richard Zimler (EE.UU., Portugal), the actress and director Isabel Medina (Portugal), the cinema critic Boyd Van Hoeij (Luxembourg), the editor Florence Fradelizi (France) and the editor and distributor Ricke Merighi (Italy). The best documentary will be chosen by an international jury composed of the psychologist Nodin Nuno (Portugal), the programmer Melissa Pritchard (Germany) and the director Oded Lotan (Israel). The best short film will be selected by the public.
The “Opening Night Film” will be screened after the opening ceremony, around 22:00 hours. It will present the premiere of a film “To Die Like a Man” by Joao Pedro Rodrigues. This time the director and all the cast will also be presented. This film has already been premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and it will have a special preview in America during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. In short there will be a lot of news to be discovered. During the fourth annual Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 2000, other João Pedro Rodrigues films had been shown, like his first movie “O Fantasma”.
Queer Lisboa will finish with a gala night on Saturday September 26th at 21:00 hours. The U.S. film “Were the World Mine” directed by Tom Gustafson will be screened. It is a musical comedy famous in the most prestigious gay world festivals.
Queer Lisbon inaugurates this year a new space in its program: the Memory Queer. For seven consecutive days, the São Jorge Bound Cinema between 19:00 and 21:30 hours will offer a program of concerts, poetry readings, film screenings, talks and challenges for the public .
It will start with the Portuguese poet António Botto, then the painter Francis Bacon, then the diva Amalia who’ll sing some typical Portuguese fado, the artist António Variações and Stonewaal and the Berlin Wall. Finally, Judy Garland will create a space in the São Jorge Cinema lounge with music and various exhibitions.
This festival is full of cultural events and it presents each year a distinct and innovative program of events. If you want to see them live, rent apartments in Lisbon. Here you will find a gay atmosphere full of exciting news.