A History of Portuguese Cinema

On the occasion of the 2022 France – Portugal Season, the 50th Festival La Rochelle Cinéma offers a wide-ranging retrospective of 24 Portuguese feature films and 2 short subjects, going from silent cinema to the filmmakers of today.

This is an opportunity to revisit the history of one of Europe’s most extraordinary cinema cultures, with distinctive and radical filmmakers like Manoel de Oliveira, João César Monteiro, Pedro Costa, Teresa Villaverde, Rita Azevedo Gomes, Miguel Gomes, and many others, and to discover, in Premiere screenings, João Pedro Rodrigues’s delightful musical fantasy Will-o’-the-Wisp and Cristèle Alves Meira’s touching first film Alma Viva, both shown in Cannes 2022 Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

A roundtable with Portuguese filmmakers, hosted by Miguel Valverde, director of the IndieLisboa Festival, will take place Tuesday, July 5, and there will be an exhibition of film posters from the Melgaço Film Museum, founded by Jean-Loup Passek, in the Chapelle des Dames Blanches, July 2–10.

Finally, a Fema first: we welcome Yann Dedet, collaborator of Maurice Pialat and François Truffaut, for a lesson in film editing. A new event, each year spotlighting a duo of cinema technicians.
For this first lesson in film editing, Yann Dedet has invited editor Valérie Loiseleux and cinematographer Renato Berta to a dialogue on Saturday, July 9, with special emphasis on their work with Manoel de Oliveira.

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With our thanks to JHR and Tandem.