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The Caminhos festival takes place in November to showcase the best of Portuguese cinema – Observer



The Caminhos festival takes place in November to showcase the best of Portuguese cinema - Observer

The Caminhos Festival, which will take place in Coimbra from 5 to 19 November, will screen 152 films in a program that aims to highlight the best of Portuguese cinema produced over the past year.

In the main competitive part of the festival, among others, “Alma Viva”, a film of Portuguese-French origin by Christel Alves Meira, who will represent Portugal at the Oscars, as well as “Fogo Fátuo” by Joao Pedro Rodrigues and “Mato Seco em Chamas” by Joan Piment and Aderly Queiroz announced the organization.

The highlight of the animation is João González’s Ice Dealers, which won the Best Short Film award at Cannes Critics’ Week.

As far as documentaries are concerned, there will be previews of Viagem ao Sol by Ansgar Schäfer and Susana Sousa Diaz, Périphérique Nord by Paulo Carneiro and SITA – The Life and Times of Sita Valles by Margarida Cardoso.


“Our goal is to be able to present the greatest possible variety of productions, as well as the most outstanding films of the Portuguese film scene, year after year,” festival director Thiago Santos told Lusa.

Focusing on more experimental approaches and the search for new languages ​​in cinema, Outros Olhares will feature, among others, Ana Sofia Fonseca’s Cesária Évora and Marie Carré’s Objetos de Luz. and Acacio de Almeida, “Um Corpo que Dança” by Marco Martins and “Indiginatu” by Velket Bungue.

The festival, which is divided between the Casa do Cinema de Coimbra and the Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (TAGV), continues to focus on the competitive part dedicated to cinema created in an academic context, with a national and international dimension.

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“The selection of essays is widely represented and attracts more and more schools,” said Thiago Santos, highlighting the very positive evolution in the quality of films made in this context.

This year, in connection with the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s independence, the lusophonic films section is dedicated to this country, and there are several works dedicated to “Brazilian society and its injustices,” the official said.

At the opening ceremony of the festival on November 5, the Cinema will show a restored copy of Histórias Selvagens by Antonio Campos, a 1978 work filmed in Montemor o Velho depicting the post-revolutionary period. Portuguese.

At the closing ceremony, which will be held at the Convento São Francisco, Victor Torpedo and The Pop Kids will score the 1920s film Hipnotismo ao Domicilio by Reinaldo Ferreira.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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