The 14th edition of Doclisboa — International Film Festival will be held from October 20 to 30, in Lisbon. The full programme of the event was announced on Monday.

The festival will feature a total of 259 films. The programme includes 46 Portuguese films, 13 of which in competition.

In addition to the International Competition and the Portuguese Competition sections, the festival includes sections such as New Visions, Heart Beat, Green Years, Cinema of Urgency, as well as the new section From the Earth to the Moon. This year’s edition will also feature the section For an Impossible Cinema: Documentary and Avant-garde in Cuba Retrospective.

The 14th edition of Doclisboa will have a new prize. The initiative — in collaboration with Fundação José Saramago and Lello bookshop — is aimed at awarding the best documentary mostly spoken in Portuguese.

Oleg and the Rare Arts, by Andrés Duque, and In the Interstices of Reality or the Films of António de Macedo, by João Monteiro, will be the opening and closing films, respectively, of this edition, the organisers have announced.

The opening session will be held on October 20, 9.30 pm, at Culturgest. Oleg and the Rare Arts, which has been awarded in festivals such as Dokufest or Punto de Vista, presents “the portrait of the Russian composer Oleg Karavaichuk, the only pianist that still played in the piano of Czar Nicholas II,” according to a press release by the organisers. “The film unfolds between the biographical and the performative, a fascinating foray into the personal and creative universe of a unique artist, that turns into a delicious and amusing encounter with music, listening and creating.”

The closing session will be held on October 29, also at Culturgest. In the Interstices of Reality or the Films of António de Macedo talks about “one of the most controversial and, perhaps, misunderstood filmmakers of the Portuguese ‘New Cinema,’ a movement he helped to create with the film Domingo à Tarde,” the organisers state. João Monteiro’s documentary is the result of “seven years of research, using archival footage and exclusive interviews,” bringing “a new light on a director who seemed sunk into oblivion”.

DocLisboa will be held in Culturgest, Cinema São Jorge, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Museu Oriente.

According to the organisers, Doclisboa “wants to question the present of film, bringing along its history and assuming cinema as a mode of freedom”. The festival “was elected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to pre-nominate candidates to the OSCARS®, becoming the first portuguese festival qualified by the Academy,” they add.

The detailed programme of the 14th edition of Doclisboa can be found here.