Portuguese culture is not just about listening to a poetic Fado or eating some Sardines. There is much more to be explored and the 3rd edition of the UK Portuguese Film Festival 25 NOV – 08 DEC 2012 brings some of the unseen/unheard from this extraordinary culture. Spread in four different venues across London, the festival brings fresh and contemporary Lusophone film productions. The dissemination of Portuguese cinema and its relationship with different art forms, illustrating contemporary tendencies in national film-making and stirring up current debates in Portuguese and Lusophone culture have been the event main focus since 2010.

Following a favourable period of many awards won by Portuguese directors in renowned film festivals around the globe such as Berlin, Cannes and Locarno, the event showcases six internationally acclaimed features and welcomes directors and actors to special screen talks.

This edition promotes a rare opportunity to meet renowned cultural figures such as Anglo-Portuguese painter Paula Rego and Spanish journalist Pilar Del Rio, former literary agent of the novelist Nobel prize-winner José Saramago. Other highlights are recent works by young and acclaimed film director and video artist João Salaviza and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale films about architecture, with works by Julião Sarmento, João Onofre and Filipa César, presented by the curators of the 2013 edition of the Triennale at the Whitechapel. Portugal’s fascism history is shown through Susana Sousa Dias48 while Edgar Pêra’s The Baron narrates a neo-gothic satire literary adaptation.

In partnership with TAP airlines, the festival is offering two return flights to Portugal. Winners will be announced by Christmas.

Supported by the Portuguese Embassy in London and funded by Instituto Camões, the 3rd edition of the festival is sponsored by TAP and AmplitudeNet and it was developed in collaboration with the Barbican Centre, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut Français, the Tricycle Theatre, the Foundation José Saramago, Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies at Birkbeck.

More information about the films, programme and festival guests, visit: www.filmville.org/ukptff

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