Sarajevo Film Festival 2024

Doclisboa announces full 2023 programme

The 21st edition of Doclisboa, set to occur between 19 and 29 October, is a significant event in the world of documentary film. The festival will feature 250 films from 42 countries, including 35 world premieres and 39 films from Portugal. /p>

The lineup is notably diverse, covering a broad range of topics and genres. Theatre of Thought by Werner Herzog takes viewers into the intricacies of the human mind, while films like The Liberated Broom, Listen to the Story I Was Told focus on labour issues. The festival also does not shy away from controversial topics; films about the current war in Ukraine such as Vyrai and Waking Up in Silence are included.

Music is a strong component this year, with Lovano Supreme and Peter Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin taking center stage. Other genres, including dance, are represented with works like Seven Jereles. An eye-catching feature in the lineup is Man in Black, the festival’s opening film by Wang Bing. It provides a look into the life of Wang Xilin, an 86-year-old Chinese composer whose life story is as harrowing as it is inspiring. Meanwhile, Baan, which focuses on the abstract concept of home, will close the festival.

In a nod to cinematic history, the festival will premiere Portrait of Gina, an unreleased film by Orson Welles. This accompanies a retrospective of American New Deal cinema, offering a glimpse into a past era. However, the festival also looks toward the future, featuring documentaries like Human, not Human, which scrutinises the implications of a digitised, automated world.

The International Competition is another focal point, featuring films from 16 countries, six of which are world premieres. The Heart Beat section brings films like Let the Canary Sing, which is an intimate portrait of Cyndi Lauper, and Big Bang Henda, a journey through the works of Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda.

This year, the New Visions section includes works by Mika Taanila and Paula Gaitán and introduces a new feature, Shadowboxing, curated by Cíntia Gil and Jean-Pierre Rehm. The Green Years section, dedicated to young filmmakers, includes 19 premieres from 15 countries. Additionally, the abcDoc educational program returns, emphasizing documentaries as pedagogical tools.

For those interested, tickets are now available both online and at the physical box offices of the participating venues. Full details about the program, juries, competitive sections, and awards can be found on the festival’s website.

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