A party of Portuguese Cinema in China will start on October 9, opening with Ivo M. Ferreira’s Letters From War. The cinema cycle will screen 28 Portuguese films, in Beijing and in Changsha.

The initiative is a “first time screening” which aims at “promoting the Portuguese cinema to the big Chinese audience”, following the Chinese Film Festival which took place, in 2015, in Lisbon, says ICA – Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual, in an official note. The films will be screened until November, in the Chinese Cinemateque, in Beijing, and also in three cinema rooms in Changsha.

The programme is divided into three different parts: contemporary cinema; classics of the Portuguese cinema and a cycle dedicated to director Manoel de Oliveira. Among the classics, some of the highlights include Maria of the Sea, by Leitão de Barros, The Green Years, by Paulo Rocha and Blood, by Pedro Costa. The opening of the retrospective will be preceded by a conference about Portuguese cinema, by José Manuel Costa, director of the Portuguese Cinematheque.

As from the contemporary cinema some of the featured sessions include The Last Time I Saw Macau, by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Matta, as well as The Courtyard of the Ballads, by Leonel Vieira.

Some of Manoel de Oliveira’s films to be screened include Francisca (1981), Aniki Bobo (1942) and Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl (2009).

In addition to the cinema screening, the event will take to China producers Leonel Vieira and Luís Urbano for a masterclass, on October 12, as well as producers Maria João Mayer, Alexandre Oliveira and Mariana Branco.

The party of Portuguese Cinema in China is the result of an agreement made in 2013 between ICA, the Portuguese Cinematheque and the Chinese Cinematheque.