Bianca-Olivia Nita
Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

DOCLISBOA: Doclisboa is consistent in defending diversity, matching films with audiences and surpassing the rules of the mainstream market

What is the focus of this year’s edition of DocLisboa? Is there a theme for the films selected in the festival?

DocLisboa does not centre on themes. The program has sections, retrospective and focus sections, but they are not linked to a larger theme.

This year, we present a full retrospective of Czech filmmaker Vera Chytilová, and a thematic retrospective entitled Another America – The Unique Cinema of Quebec. We also host an exhibition by Sharon Lockhart, gathering her photographic work and her films with children in Poland, and a side program on Andres Veiel, with 3 films that look at different artistic processes.

Why these and not others?

Vera Chytilová is a major figure in Czech cinematography and a surprising filmmaker, and we find her work inspiring and important.

The retrospective on Quebec cinema covers a period from 1955 until 2016, and it’s a showcase for a filmography full of diversity, with filmmakers largely unknown to the European audiences, but that opened new ways for film and documentary.

Sharon Lockhart

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