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Monstra Festival reveals the diversity of Portuguese animation still in production – Observer



Monstra Festival reveals the diversity of Portuguese animation still in production - Observer

A feature film, a mini-series about democracy and freedom and several short films from the new studio will debut in 2022, indicating “Vitality, Youth and Diversity” of Portuguese Animated Films.

This Friday, this praise was given by the director of the Lisbon Animation Festival – Monster Fernando Galrito ​​in the morning during a public presentation in Lisbon of some of the animation film projects that are currently underway, even if they are covered by a pandemic.

One of the presented projects was “Niola“, The first animated feature film by Jose Miguel Ribeiro, due to be completed in March 2022, almost ten years after the start of the project.

Praça Filmes is working with France, the Netherlands and Belgium with a budget of 3.2 million euros and guaranteed international distribution. The screenplay was written by Virgilio Almeida from the play “Caixa negra” by José Eduardo Agualusa and Mia Koutu.


The narrative crosses three generations of women, amid the civil war in Angola, will intersect with 2D and 3D animation, with the visual identity of Jose Miguel Ribeiro and the participation of Susa Monteiro.

This Friday at the Monstra festival, a few weeks after Niola’s presentation at the Annecy (France) festival, José Miguel Ribeiro explained that the film is being shot simultaneously in four directions – in four co-producing countries. – and with professionals divided into subgroups due to the pandemic.

In this Friday session, the producer / director duo Vasco Sa and David Dowtel presented a series of short films in production, as part of the animation studio BAP, a newly created structure that became independent from the production company Bando à Parte, created by Rodrigo Areias.

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BAP is used to produce at least five animated short films, which are scheduled to premiere in 2022. As a joke, Vasco Sa asked Fernando Galrito ​​to spend a few more days at the festival to show all the films.

Among them are “Garrano”, the final stage of collaboration between David Doutel and Vasco Sa, “O Homem do Trash” by Laura Gonçalves and “O Homem das Legs Altas” by Victor Hugo Roche.

Animanostra, one of the oldest producers of animated films, decided to present the project “Andrew, rock and wave“Cartoonist José Bandeira in a two-episode mini-series about democracy, freedom and the revolution in April 1974, supported by the RTP.

After 40 years of drawing political cartoons every day, José Bandeira said he was moving towards animated films with a project “memorial but not generational,” “symbolically loaded” about dictatorship and democracy, aimed at the general public.

This project, according to producer Umberto Santana, raised doubts and showed that “there are still very serious taboos” as it is a cartoon project that tells the story of a PIDE inspector and his son, who grew up free.

Animals manufacturer has five short films in finalizationslated for completion in 2022, featuring Martha Monteiro’s Sopa, a tale of domestic violence, and Monica Santos’s Pink Coat, a symbolic musical about former Political Police Inspector Rosa Kasako and where the characters are clothes.

Short film “Ice traders“, The second film by musician and director Joao Gonzalez with animator Ala Nunu.

A Sardinha em Lata, which is currently producing Nuno Beato’s feature film “Demons of My Grandfather”, has presented a pilot episode of the children’s series “Alice’s diary“Brazilian director Diogo Viegas, and his portfolio includes the series Pete and Byrne and The Saskatoons.

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“Animation doesn’t survive without a TV show. Animated films have huge teams that need to work, ”said producer Diogo Carvalho from Sardinha em Lata in the presentation.

Most of these productions receive financial support from the Film and Audiovisual Institute (ICA), but financial assemblers and working groups often rely on the viability of international co-production

According to the latest ICA data, there are currently more than 50 animated film projects in development, at various stages of production and which, given the slowness of production, are prompting tenders for financial support over several years totaling 8.5 million euros.

The Lisbon Monstra Animation Festival, one of the annual stages of the Portuguese Animated Film Exhibition, ends on Sunday.

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The abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad will not be accepted by parliament, MP says – Observer



The abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad will not be accepted by parliament, MP says - Observer

According to Socialist MP Paulo Pisco, the views of the BE, PCP and PAN on the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad were voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities voted on Tuesday in favor of four projects – from the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal, “People-Animal-Nature” and “Enough”, which mainly advocate the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad and free school textbooks.

According to Paulo Pisco, a socialist member of the commission, the opinions of the BE, PKP and PAN were approved, but Chega’s opinion deserved to be abstained from the PS because it contained “xenophobic elements” in its purpose.

The MP had in mind, in particular, the recipients of this teaching, which is currently intended not only for the Portuguese or the descendants of the Portuguese, but also for those who want to learn the Portuguese language, with which Chega allegedly disagrees, according to Paulo Pisco. .


After the approval of these opinions, the abolition of the bribe would be discussed and voted on in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic, but Paulo Pisco said that they should not be approved, since the “commitment” of the government is different.

“The government’s obligation is to reduce the burden of the Portuguese” and this will always be determined “in every approved state budget”.

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Portuguese health minister rejects conflict of interest over marriage to president



The health minister said there was no conflict of interest in her marriage to the current chairman of the Order of Dietitians, saying that the trusteeship of that body had been delegated to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion.

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“Honestly, I don’t think it exists. I have no doubt that this Lady Secretary of State will fill this leadership role,” Manuel Pizarro said on Monday (age 26) on the sidelines of the Pharmacist’s Day celebrations in Sintra, in the Lisbon area.

Aware of the possible conflict of interest, Manuel Pizarro explained that he took “the most appropriate measure (…)”, which was to entrust the functions of guardianship of the Order of Nutritionists to Margarida Tavares.”

“(…) Since I took office as a minister, I have been aware that, since professional organizations have an administrative oversight role, (…) there is a risk of conflict of interest, and I have taken the measures that seem to me the most appropriate, which from the very decided at the outset that he would delegate this oversight function over the Order of Nutritionists to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he stressed.

When asked about the reasons why Margarida Tavares’ name still does not appear in the Diário da República, the official said that “it was necessary to wait for the inauguration of the secretaries of state” and then “to organize the whole process of delegation of authority.” .

“It’s even a good chance that there is a Secretary of State for Health Promotion. I think custody of the Order of Dietitians has been well handed over to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he repeated, noting that “he definitely won’t go through the Minister’s order.” [da Saúde]”.

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“If the secretary of state is responsible for this, it should not go through the minister,” he stressed.

Manuel Pizarro’s statements came after news that the government official may have a conflict of interest because he is married to the chairman of the Order of Dietitians, Alexandra Bento.

The Order of Dietitians was created in 2011 with the approval of the current Minister of Health, who at the time served as Secretary of State for Health.

In addition, Alexandra Bento was the only President of the Order of Occupational Health to attend the inauguration of Manuel Pizarro on 10 September.

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Portuguese newspaper criticizes CR7: “Less Ronaldo, more Portugal” | international football



Portuguese newspaper criticizes CR7: "Less Ronaldo, more Portugal" |  international football

The cover of one of the most important sports newspapers in Portugal this Monday drew a critical tone against the greatest player in the history of the country.

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On the eve of the day when the Portuguese national team will play with Spain and draw for reaching the semi-finals of the League of Nations, the daily newspaper “A Bola” printed a photo Cristiano Ronaldo stating that the player had lost influence in the team commanded by Fernando Santos.

“Less Ronaldo, more Portugal,” reads the headline.

The publication reports that the 37-year-old striker could start on the bench and lists some of the positives of his possible absence, such as the buffing of protagonist Bruno Fernandes. See below:

This Tuesday’s cover of A Bola is being printed by Cristiano Ronaldo – Photo: Reproduction

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Cristiano Ronaldo started and assisted in a 4–0 thrashing of the Czech Republic on the last round. He has only scored twice in his last eight caps, both against Switzerland.

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For Manchester United in the 2022/23 season, he started in three of the eight games played. In the last of them, against Sheriff from Moldova, in the Europa League, he scored for the first time.

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