From the 15th to the 18th of January, the Solar da Música Nova Auditorium will host the 6th edition of MONSTRARE – International Exhibition of Social Cinema, an event that, through its seventh art, intends to bring to the public some of the most pressing social problems of today. case of the refugee crisis or mental illness. In addition to the presentation of films, a debate will be held with the presence of filmmakers and figures, as well as a workshop in the audiovisual area.
The inaugural day, January 15, is the Short Films Day, dedicated to the screening of three “shorts”: António Sequeira's “On the Threshold of Thought”, “Aegean” by Tómas Barão da Cunha and Raúl Fretes, and “Law to Memory ”, by Rúben Sevivas. The presentations take place from 21h00.
“On the Threshold of Thought” addresses the issue of mental illness. When Dinis is diagnosed with schizophrenia, before entering university, his mother has to take care of him and ensure his safety, but at the same time allow him to be able to lead a normal life like other teenagers. This story will be told from the point of view of the mother, a nurse who is used to caring for others, but who finds herself struggling and hindered in caring for her own child, thus exploiting this vulnerable side of a caregiver rarely explored in the cinema.
“Right to Memory” brings us one of the striking figures of opposition to the Estado Novo. On the 22nd of 1958, General Humberto Delgado gave the celebrated speech with which he concluded the key rally at the Cine-Parque. PIDE destroyed the voice records of the General after the election campaign except this one. The recording survived because it was buried in a backyard for several years. The speech stood the test of time, Cine-Parque …
On the Aegean coast, the refugee crisis grows with each passing day. By land and by sea, hundreds of refugees arrive without any sight for the future. Between Athens and Thessaloniki, between Greece and the world, three distinct paths intersect in a refuge on the Aegean coast. “Aegean” thus addresses a current theme, the refugee crisis.
The acclaimed film critic, curator of Cinema MED, Rui Tendinha, will be present, as well as one of the trainers of the workshop that integrates this program, the director Diogo Simão.
On Thursday, the 16th, at 21h00, will be featured the feature film "Cargo", by Bruno Gascon. Viktoriya (Michalina Olszanska) is a young Russian girl who dreams of a better future. António (Vítor Norte) is a Portuguese truck driver facing serious financial difficulties and only wants to support his family. His ways will cross when he is hired to transport a group of illegal immigrants. But what Antonio eventually learns later is that by accepting that work he involuntarily ended up in a dangerous scheme of trafficking in human beings.
Shot in Belmonte, Fundão, Covilhã, and Castelo Branco, it is a dramatic story about the intricacies of sexual exploitation and slavery that marks Bruno Gascon's feature film debut. In addition to Olszanska and North in the lead roles, the film also includes Rita Blanco, Miguel Borges, Ana Cristina Oliveira, Dmitry Bogomolov, Duarte Grilo and international model Sara Sampaio. The director will be present at this session.
Berrnardo Lopes will also be present at the Solar da Música Nova Auditorium, on the 17th, at 21h00, for the presentation of the documentary “Doctors Clowns”, which he is co-author with Helder Faria.
Where suffering reigns, Doctors Clowns, smile specialists, spark hope and relieve pain to patients, families, and hospital staff. Its effect on those most in need is unveiled throughout the documentary, which accompanies the teams present in five of the fifteen national hospitals covered by the Red Nose Operation visits: the Lisbon IPO, D. Estefânia Hospital, Amadora-Sintra Hospital, Pediatric of Coimbra and Northern Maternal Infant Center. The film explores the mission of the Red Noses, since its founding in 2002, when Beatriz Quintella, Dr. Da Graça, proposed to D. Estefânia Hospital to bring her clown character to the children to this day.
Rubaiyat Hossain's “Made in Bangladesh” is the feature film that ends this 6th edition of MONSTRARE. Shimu, 23, works at a textile factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with increasingly harsh working conditions, she decides to set up a union with her colleagues. Despite threats from the bosses and disapproval from her husband, nothing moves Shimu. She and her mates will have to fight together until the end.
Note that this is a joint production of France, Bangladesh, Denmark and Portugal.
In parallel with the presentation of short and feature films, on 17 (14h00 to 19h00) and 18 (11h00 to 13h30 and 14h30 to 16h00) there is an intensive workshop on audiovisuals. This training is organized by ShortCutz Faro, featuring several trainers who will make the recipients aware of the various stages of the process of producing a film.
On the second day of training the exercises done within the workshop will be displayed.
“Monstrare”, a Latin word that means making something visible or denouncing, again sets the tone for this Exhibition promoted by Loulé City Council, through the Loulé Film Office. This is the first event in Portugal dedicated exclusively to social cinema in 2020.
For those responsible for the Municipality of Loulé, the Cinema is one of the arts that is increasingly gaining space in the county, the result mainly of the work carried out by the Loulé Film Office that has allowed to bring to Loulé several national and international productions. 2020 is expected to be a decisive year in this regard.