Fest opens with Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos'

The Portuguese capital’s biggest film fest, IndieLisboa, has reinforced its edgy programming and commitment to local cinema.

This year the fest suffered a 33% funding cut, which has forced it to ax its industry sidebar, the Lisbon Screenings, and itinerant tour to Berlin, Copenhagen, Budapest, Provincetown and St. Petersburg.

Besieged by Portugal’s economic meltdown, the eighth edition maintains its competitive sections — International Competition, Observatory, Emerging Cinema, World Pulse and Indie Junior, including 28 world premieres and 15 international premieres.

Olivier Assayas’ Cannes player “Carlos” will open the 11-day event on May 5. Other titles include Errol Morris’ noir docu “Tabloid”; Martin Scorsese’s Elia Kazan tribute, “A Letter to Elia”; Christophe Honore’s gay hustler portrait, “Man at Bath”; and Denis Cote’s family drama, “Curling.”

Indie Lisboa maintains a strong commitment to national cinema and will screen 30 Portuguese films, with nine features, including Sergio Trefaut’s “Journey to Portugal,” starring Maria de Medeiros, and Edgar Pera’s “Kafkaesque, the Baron.”

Brazilian filmmaker Julio Bressane will receive a 17-film Independent Hero retrospective.

English band Tindersticks will stage a film scores live concert, featuring tracks from six films by Claire Denis.

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