Mostra of Portuguese Cinema events co-hosted by York

cinemaPortuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies at York (DLLL), together with Camões Institute and the Portuguese section at the University of Toronto, will host the Mostra of Portuguese Cinema in February and March, with the first event taking place Feb. 2.

The Mostra includes several film screenings from renowned film directors, mainly from Portugal, as well as a panel to pay tribute to Manoel de Oliveira, and a Portuguese Cinema Exhibition.

The first event, on Feb. 2 at 7pm at Robarts Library’s Media Commons Film Theatre (U of T), is a free screening and debate on the film Ronaldo. The discussion will be moderated by York alumni Joe Correia, who graduated from the University’s Linguistics MA program and a minor in Portuguese Studies.

Ronaldo was filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of one of the most celebrated figures from Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the sport of football. This is the first official fully authorized film on Ronaldo, and gives viewers access to vividly candid and un-paralleled behind-closed-doors footage on the footballer, father, family-man and friend.

Other events in the Mostra include:

O Grande Kilapy – Media Commons Film Theatre (U of T), Feb. 9, 7pm

A screening of this film by Zézé Gamboa with an introduction by José Curto, professor of history at York University and member of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas.

Homage to Manoel De Oliveira – Media Commons Film Theatre (U of T), Feb. 23, 7pm

This event is an homage to the Portuguese film director and screenwriter Manoel de Oliveira – the oldest film director in activity before his death at the age of 106. Scenes from Manoel de Oliveira’s films will be presented and discussed in a panel moderated by Hudson Moura with Miguel Rocha (York alumni, MFA in Film Production) and Aida Jordão (course director for York U’s Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies).

O Patio das Cantigas – Media Commons Film Theatre (U of T), March 1, 7pm

A screening of this film by Leonel Vieira with an introduction by Nuno Cristo, York alumni (MFA).

Opening of exhibit “Portuguese Cinema” and screening of Sangue do meu sangue – Scott Library’s Sound and Moving Image Screening Room (York University), March 9, 2:30pm

An exhibit celebrating Portuguese cinema will run from March 9 to 25, and will showcase its history and evolution. The exhibit opens with a screening of Sangue do meu sangue, a film by João Canijo. It will be introduced by Aida Jordão, course director for York U’s Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies.

A Q&A session will follow all screenings in the event, and screening will have English subtitles. All events are free to attend.

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