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Kleber Mendonça Filho is FEST '21 latest PRO confirmation

The days are getting shorter, but FEST's Industry Program keeps on growing!

Kleber Mendonça Filho, brazillian cinema legend and writer/director of the films Aquarius (2016) and Bacurau (2019), is the latest masterclass confirmation for this year's FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival edition, joining other luminaires such as Irvine Welsh, Tony Grisoni, Isabel Coixet, among many others.

The session will happen this saturday October 9th, at 18h00, in Centro Multimeios de Espinho's Auditorium. Kleber will present the masterclass remotely, via online, due to unforseen circumstances that prevent him from being in Portugal.

The Brazillian filmmaker will present a case study on his most recent work, Bacurau, its influences, objectives, and how it relates to the cultural here-and-now of ocidental politics.

Kleber Mendonça Filho is a Brazilian director, producer, screenwriter, and film critic. He began his way into the cinematic world with short films and with them Kleber managed to start his collection of career awards. He experimented with fiction, documentary, and video clips in the 1990s. He migrated from video to digital and 35 mm film in the 2000s. Over the course of that decade, he made several short films, including A Menina do Algodão (2002), Cold Reef (2009), among others.

The documentary Critic (2008) was Kleber's first feature film, but it was only in 2012, with the award-winning film Neighbouring Sounds, that the filmmaker began to gain notoriety on an international scale. Aquarius (2016) received the Best Film award at World Cinema Amsterdam, a film festival in the Netherlands.

Despite his extensive list of film credits, only in 2012 did his film Neighbouring Sounds win him international notoriety. Aquarius (2016) won the Best Film award at the World Cinema Amsterdam festival. Kleber's most recent film, Bacurau (2019) has become a bona-fide worldwide hit.


In order to participate in the masterclass, either guarantee your TALENT or PRO badge, or acquire a ticket at Centro Multimeios de Espinho's ticket office, 30 minutes before the session starts.

In other news, performing arts coach Claire Cordeaux will replace Dr. Tamara Karni Cohen as our guest speaker October 8th to talk about the toll the film industry takes on its professional's mental health. An unique and interesting perspective on a topic that needs to be talked about. Not to be missed.

Lastly and unfortunately, cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata who was scheduled to present a masterclass October 10th will be unable to join us at FEST this year. You can check the full masterclass program here.