Friday, November 6, 2015

Documentary Filmmaking is Having a Moment — in Portugal

"The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal" is the title of Manuel Mozos' new film, which recently competed for the main prize at Doclisboa, Portugal's largest documentary film festival. But it's also an apt summation of documentary's current state in the country. Settled like a lowered fog over the city, with movies showing throughout the day in four of the local cinemas and cinematheques, the festival offers an array of diverse programs, each in their own way about as bold as it gets: an international competition of startling breadth and quality; several retrospectives encompassing a vast array of archival treasures known and unknown, largely presented on celluloid; contemporary...

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