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Doclisboa’14 shows History through Cinema

In the year that celebrates the 40th anniversary of April 25 (The Carnation Revolution), “My Other Country” by Swedish director Solveig Nordlung will be making its world premiere at Doclisboa’14 on the special programme “Our 20th Century – History facing Cinema”. The film which is about the director’s life in Portugal from the 1960s until the revolutionary period will be presented on October 19, 22 and 26.

This section also includes a look on World War I, in the year of its centenary, with the featuring of the movie Après les Combats de Bois-le-prêtre (October 17 and 25), from 1915, a historical document and an exceptional testimony from the battlefront, only brought to the public this year.

The programme also counts with Prigionieri della Guerra, by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucch, the directors of last year’s opening session film. This film is also composed of World War I images and will be presented on October 17 and 25. 

Under the same section the festival highlights Night Will Fall, by André Singer, featured on October 17. This film looks for the trails of another film about World War II that the Imperial War Museum London tried to restore – the previously announced German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. After Doclisboa, Cinema Ideal will feature Night Will Fall and two more films from the festival’s programme, Rio Zona Norte by Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos and The Exiles, by American director Ken MacKenzie, on October 27, 28 e 29, respectively.

Under the World War II subject, Doclisboa highlights two titles on the “Neorealism and New Realisms” retrospective, Giorni di Gloria, which had the collaboration of Luchino Visconti, Giuseppe De Santis, Marcello Pagliero and Mario Serandrei and Lettere di Condannati a Morte della Resistenza, by Fausto Fornari (October 17 e 26). 

Also under this retrospective and as a part of Doclisboa special programming isNuit et Brouillard (October 26), at Culturgest, a tribute to Alain Resnais, author of one of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, filmed 10 years after the liberation of the concentration camps.

In “Our 20th Century – History facing Cinema” programme and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall we also will present Die Mauer, by Jürgen Böttcher (October 18 e 24) and Facing the Judgment of History, by Russian director Fridrikh Ermler (October 20 e 21) a film that confronts a member of the Tsarist’s regime Duma, with USSR’s fate.

Among the known public figures of Doclisboa, it is worth mentioning two filmmakers who have had retrospectives in past editions, represented this year with the films Respite, by Harun Farocki, about a Dutch refugee camp for Jews fleeing World War II that will be displayed on October 24 and 25 and Veillée d’Armes, by Marcel Ophuls, which takes place during the siege of Sarajevo in 1992, presented in a single session on October 25.

Also Out of the Present, by director Andrei Ujică brings a known figure of the Festival. The Romanian director of the film The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu was part of the jury on Doclisboa’s 2012 edition, the same year he also presented a master class.

As part of “Our 20th Century – Cinema in face of History” program is the closing session of the Festival, dedicated this year to a friend and regular presence of Doclisboa, Peter von Bagh, director of the film Sosialismi which will be featured at 9h30 pm on October 25, at Culturgest.