As we walk steadily in the direction of FEST’s 15th birthday party celebrations, we start to unravel the cinema program, with Be Kind Rewind, that promises a program dedicated to FEST’s last 15 years, remembering the past while having our eyes set to the future.
Having started em 2004, FEST does not forget the work and the artist it has helped to arise, including names like Sean Baker, Ruben Ostlund, Manuel Abramovich, Jonathan Glazer, Pedro Pinho and many more. The Be Kind Rewind 2019 section presents a retrospective composes by many films that have been displayed in Espinho, throughout the festival’s history.
The BKR (Be Kind Rewind) sessions this year will be organized by themes, with movies that will cover a broad range of subjects. Some films will challenge common perceptions about what a documentary is; others will dare to redefine the borders of love and sex; others are meant to provoke even the most experienced of audiences; and many more.
We open up your appetite for the Be Kind Rewind section, with some confirmed films that we want to point out.
The program includes the return of the unforgettable Manoman (2015), by Simon Cartwright, an animated short that tells the story of a man going through a middle life crisis, tormented by a little demon that turns his life upside down.
Cracks (2016), from Koen van Sande, presents us a different perspective regarding immigration in Belgium, forcing us to reflect on the reality of a cultural clash.
Bernhard Wenger stands out again after winning the Silver Fiction Lynx in 2018 by bringing back the movie Excuse me, I’m looking for the ping pong room and my girlfriend (2018). The work of the Austrian director will be present in other parts of the festival.
For a different vision about the Sirian conflict, Be Kind Rewind remembers one of the most internationally acclaimed documentaries: 9 days - From my window in Aleppo (2016).
Lastly, we highlight the short-film A Instalação do Medo (2016) by Ricardo Leite. A film produced in Espinho and winner of the Audience Award back in 2017, this is an example of a Portuguese name that Be Kind Rewind will honor and remember this year.
This non-competitive section is a great opportunity to get to know some of the most revolutionary pieces of work that have attended the festival.
But we will not stop here. Be Kind Rewind still has many surprises in store, to be revealed soon enough.
Join us in celebrating 15 years of FEST, all together.
In Your Face
Let's Talk About Sex
You Must Be Joking
Let's Get Weird
Fuck it, I'm young
Don't Let The Right One in