A History of Film in Lisbon

After The Night (Ate Ver A Luz) is a striking indie gangster story set in the gritty slums of Lisbon and is out in UK cinemas and VoD from the 25th April.

A visually striking film, it accurately shows Lisbon’s diverse culture, people and surroundings and climbs inside the world of Lisbon’s Creole slums.

We take a look back at a cinematic history of films set in Lisbon…

AFTER THE NIGHT (Ate Ver Luz; 2013; Basil Da Cunha)

An outcast living a solitary nocturnal life with an iguana named Dragon as his only friend, Sombra wanders around in the Creole slums of Lisbon as he is looking for cash to pay back the local gang boss. Dragged into an armed robbery, he runs away and is chased until the early hours of the day.

Trailer –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDiVSysmsXM

After The Night is out in cinemas and VoD from the 25th April

A TALKING PICTURE (Um Filme Falado; 2004; Manoel de Oliveira)

For some thought-provoking, for others dull – this movie reveals the encounters of a mother and daughter on a Mediterranean cruise. John Malkovich is the captain.

Clip / trailer –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJnuI-9mrag

 

 

IN VANDA’S ROOM (No Quarto da Vanda; 2000; Pedro Costa) 

This award-winning, warts-and-all documentary/fiction provides a close-up of the lives of Cape Verdean slum dwellers and drug addicts in Lisbon’s deprived Fontainhas district.

Clip / trailer –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMtsdwWSjyk

 

 

THE LETTER (A Carta; 1999; Manoel de Oliveira) 

Passion, futile love, adultery, tragedy, piety… It’s all in this Oliveira classic that won the Jury prize at Cannes.

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THE NINTH GATE (1999; Roman Polanski) 

Stars Jonny Depp as a rare book dealer seeking out a supernatural demon text. In the course of his travels around Europe through France and Spain, to track down the authentic copy of the book for his client, he visits Sintra in Portugal. It’s a picturesque area of Portugal just outside Lisbon with plenty of atmospheric hilltop palaces and castles.

Depp visits Chalet Biester with its turreted outline tucked into lush green woodland exuding mystery.

Clip / trailer –

BONES (Ossos; 1997; Pedro Costa) 

A grim and gripping tale of life in the slums on the outskirts of Lisbon, dealing with poverty, suicide and the struggle of love and death.

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LISBON STORY (Viagem a Lisboa; 1994; Wim Wenders) 

Inventive and beautifully photographed, this German drama follows director Monrow on his quest to finish a silent film in Lisbon. Stars Portuguese band Madredeus and a cameo by Manoel de Oliveira.

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THE WINTER IN LISBON (El Invierno en Lisboa; 1992; Jose Antonio Zorrilla) 

This crime drama is about a disillusioned US jazz pianist who fl ees to Lisbon where he befriends an artist. The film stars famous trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie.

Clip / trailer –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01qb18kO2-Y

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About The Author

Reviews Editor, Contributor and Festival Coordinator

Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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