4rd FAMILY FILM PROJECT
We can hear bombs in the background during a call via Skype between the grandmother (in Latvia) and her granddaughter (in Ukraine’s war zone). In Madrid, a woman looking for her father who she never knew investigates historical archives about an attempted coup. A Lithuanian mother takes her 12 adopted children to know their biological mothers. A young British ex-prisoner allows to be portrayed in film by his brother, who is trying to get closer through the film medium. A daughter returns to her homeland at South Korea and documents her mother. Denise, a 20 years old girl, almost daily visits the Viennese amusement park "Prater" to give a few laps in the electronic carousel "Tagada" because it helps her overcome its difficult past. A polish lone mother deals with a distant relationship. A young Kazakhstan transsexual shares with the omnipresent camera her innermost world. An illegal immigrant from West Africa films Berlin and reflects on the relationship between him, his legal status and his camera...
These are just some of the actual stories that mark the 2015 edition of Family Film Project. At its fourth year, the film festival settles at Teatro Carlos Alberto, nerve center of a festival which extends to other cultural places of the city, like Espaço Mira and the Coliseum.
This year's program brings together 45 films from 27 different nationalities, selected from more than 1800 entries. From documentary to fiction, from experimental to video installation, from short length to feature film, the welcomed movies set an eclectic prospect of the possible access to family space through cinematic approaches.
As in the previous year, the competition program will be divided into three thematic areas: Lives and Places (focusing on voyeuristic, biographical or documentary record of habitats and everyday), Connections (focused on interpersonal and community dynamics) and Memory and Archive (dedicated to creative looks from witnesses and found footage). Out of competition, there will also be sessions reserved for the genres of fiction and animation.
The festival will also feature a guest film section witch will be dedicated to Italian filmmaker Alina Marazzi. On the 12th, at 19h30, the director will be at the festival presenting her films Un'Ora sola ti vorrei and parliaments Tutto di te.
In addition to the film sessions at the Teatro Carlos Alberto, highlight for the inauguration, on the 8th (Espaço Mira) and 9th (Theatre Carlos Alberto), of two exhibitions from Luciana Fina within the festival schedule: Third Floor and Vue Portraits.
In partnership with the Research Group Aesthetics, Politics and Knowledge of the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto, it will also be held the conference | Walls (the 9th, 16h) which intends to critically think about the notion of "walls" - visible and invisible, virtual and material - from the contribution of philosophy, politics and arts in order to question the family displacements, the area between private and public, the intimate, the peripheral, the ephemeral and the untimely in contemporary. The conference will be attended by Daniel Blaufuks (photographer), João Mendes Ribeiro (architect and set designer) and Jorge Ricardo Pinto (geographer), moderated by choreographer Né Barros.
On the same day will be the release of the book Displacements of Intimacy which was born from the homonymous conference at 2014 edition.