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      Portuguese film nominated for Oscars

      The film “Listen”, directed by Ana Rocha de Sousa, will be the Portuguese candidate for best international film at the Oscars.

               he 93rd Academy   members of the Portuguese   are becoming increasingly   and judicial systems.
               Awards will take   Academy of Cinema (APC).   recognised across borders   With Portuguese-British
               place on the 25   The President of APC, Paulo   and adored by the national   co-production, the film was
      T April 2021, at         Trancoso, said that “any of   public.”           shot on the outskirts of
      the Dolby Theater in Los   the four nominees would   “Listen”, the first fiction   London with a Portuguese
      Angeles, during which the   be a worthy representative   feature film by Ana Rocha   and English cast, headed
      American Film Academy    of Portugal, but the    de Sousa, is inspired    by Lúcia Moniz, Ruben
      will distribute awards in 23   choice of a first work that   by a real story about a   Garcia and Sophia Myles.
      categories.              conquered Venice, one of   Portuguese family who   “Listen” had its world
      The vote took place between   the most important film   emigrated to London,   premiere in September at
      the 2 and 15 November    festivals in the world, and   whose children are taken   the Venice Film Festival
      for the four films that had   that quickly became the   into social service for   in Italy, where the director
      been previously selected   most seen Portuguese film   suspected ill-treatment.   won six awards, including
      – “Listen”, “Mosquito”,   of the year despite the   The narrative follows the   The Lion of the Future, for
      “Patrick” and “Vitalina   pandemic. This reveals a   family’s efforts to prove that   a first work, and the special
      Varela” – and “Listen” was   vote of hope in the talent of   suspicions are unfounded   jury prize of the “Horizons”   Listen has already won six awards at the Venice Film Festival
      the most voted film among   Portuguese filmmakers who   in the face of British social   competition.  and is now up for an Oscar

      Lisbon “Mural 18” project to support culture

        The 18 municipalities of the   opment Fund, amounting to   its 18 municipalities, to the Lis-  in multiple artistic areas (music,   tion, the municipalities of the
      Metropolitan Area of Lisbon   €1.5 million and should unite   bon 2020 Regional Operational   theatre, dance, street arts, etc.),   metropolitan area of Lisbon, in
      (AML) will launch the “Mural   “cultural agents, municipalities   Programme, was announced at   primarily outdoors, and in spaces   a unanimous way have set up a
      18” project, to support cultural   and citizens, in defense of the   the meeting of the Metropolitan   that value the cultural heritage   programme with an impact on
      agents, through the develop-  artistic community and cultural   Culture Working Group.  of our territory, contemplating,   the subsistence of those who
      ment of a networked cultural   heritage, intangible and materi-  Mural 18 will start in January   whenever possible, roaming   make culture their life”, they say.
      programme, starting in January   al”, during the first five months   2021, and run until the follow-  actions”.        The municipalities of the
      2021.                         of 2021, according to the AML   ing May. “The programme will   “At a particularly delicate   AML stress that this initiative
        This initiative will have a   statement. The approval of the   soon be revealed,” the munici-  time for the cultural sector, and   “is also a clear position on the
      financial contribution from   application submitted by the   palities said. Through Mural 18,   for the agents and structures   importance of cultural activities
      the European Regional Devel-  Lisbon Metropolitan Area, and   “a set of events will be developed   involved in its design, produc-  in the life of our community”.
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