The 8 1⁄2 Italian Film Festival starts on Wednesday, March 30, and goes on until April 7, at São Jorge Cinema, UCI Cinema – El Corte Inglés and the Portuguese Cinematheque — Cinema Museum, in the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon. The event will show 40 films, six competing works, short-features, documentaries, guests and additional events related to music, literature, culture and Italian cuisine.

After Lisbon, the event will tour around the rest of the country as well as overseas. This year, it will be present in 14 Portuguese cities and nine from Portuguese-speaking countries, including Luanda (Angola), Maputo (Moçambique), Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Florianópolis, Brasília, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre (Brazil).

With the intention of “celebrating the Italian cinema, the Festival is also looking to strengthen the relationship with the national distributors, combining forces in the promotion of the Italian cinema and bringing back to life cinema made by authors and of quality,” says the director Stefano Savio, in the event’s website.