PORTO FEMME SESSIONS
Feminine Cinema Cycle – 20th Screening
Sala de Espetáculos
Every last Wednesday of each month, the Maus Hábitos screens thematic cinema cycles in which the common denominator is films directed by women. The objective is to give visibility to the work of women in the film industry, through the projection of their works and, whenever possible, their presence in the sessions, promoting the encounter between the public and the authors.
This month we present a program based on the second edition of the Porto Femme International Film Festival, which took place from the 18th to the 22nd of June.
This program includes award-winning films, as well as team favorites and others of importance for various reasons. The purpose is to present a sample that is representative of the program presented, as well as of perspectives and genres.
TAIL END OF THE YEAR
Taiwan/USA | 22’ | Fiction | 2018 | BEST SHORT - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Director: Chieh Yang
Synopsis: On Chinese New Year Eve, ten-year old Yang Lan anxiously awaits his mother, a professional singer, to come home. While the big family is celebrating loudly with Mahjong, fi reworks, dinner and laughs, she struggles to reconcile her urge to feel, at least for a brief moment, loved.
Sweden | 13’52’’’ | Fiction | 2018 | BEST SHORT - XX ELEMENT COMPETITION
Director: Jimmy Olsson
Cast: Hannah Alem Davidsson, Mio Adermark, Jimmy Olsson
Production: Jimmy Olsson, Peter Selvehed, Christian Kielberg, Ville Olin
Synopsis: Charlotte has got a new job as a second-grade teacher. One night she is attacked by a nazi and is severely injured. When she comes back to her students, she discovers that one is the son of that nazi.
Belgium | 10’ | Fiction | 2017 | BEST ANIMATION - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Director: Rocío Álvarez
Synopsis: A poetic journey through the history of desire and sexuality where the female pleasure, long ignored and repressed, takes pride of the place it holds.
NOT AN ISOLATED STORY
Portugal, Brasil | 20’ | Documentary | 2017 | DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL MENTION - NATIONAL COMPETITION
Director: Marta Pinheiro
Producer: Gabriela Menezes
Synopsis: Violence against women is more usual than people think. The film is developed in four stories of violence, suffered by four different women, who complement each other. The first woman is stalked and death threatened, the second is held in false imprisonment, the third woman undergoes an abortion because of physical violence and the fourth story is based on the testimony of a woman who has a relative who murdered his wife in front of the couple’s baby son. Among the scenes, clippings of reports of several other abused women. All the stories and testimonies are real facts, but they are not isolated stories.