Queer Lisboa: Lisbon’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Returns with 95 Films This Year

Queer Lisboa - Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film FestivalWhen we recently told you about Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival we said it was the first of several film festivals in Lisbon until the end of 2009. The second is Queer Lisboa, the city’s gay and lesbian film festival which is in its 13th edition this year. It has become one of the largest gay film festivals in Europe, screening a total of 95 films this year. Eight of those will be Portuguese productions, while everything else will come from all corners of the globe. That includes “Pedro,” a film about a famous resident of MTV’s “The Real World,” while the first screening will be of “Morrer Como Um Homem” which has already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.  That’s a Portuguese film by João Pedro Rodrigues, a director who achieved international acclaim with his 2000 film “O Fantasma.”
In addition to the films, the organization says it is also “celebrating seven icons of queer culture” through poetry readings, concerts, and debates with various personalities.
The festival takes place between the 18th and 26th of this month in Cinema São Jorge in Avenida de Liberdade, and there are prizes for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short Feature. Tickets cost 3.50, but there’s a 20% discount if you buy tickets for five films. You may consult the entire program on the festival’s website www.queerlisboa.pt