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Discovering the history and heritage of cinema through retrospectives on national cinematographies, tributes to major or little-known authors of cinema and thematic programming is one of the Festival's objectives.

Christian Petzold

Since the end of the 1990s, Christian Petzold has endeavoured to peel back the layers to reveal reunified contemporary Germany. Most of his fictions have gradually gone back in time to explore the sources of the traumas of his country. His latest film, Undine, is a variation around myth which both renews and continues his cinema.


From escaping prisoners to Thelma & Louise’s wild and liberating road trip, Escapes is a cycle of films which break shackles, open the mind and free from dark influences. Films connected by a lust for life which cannot be contained!


Regina Pessoa, Abi Feijó
Figures of the Portuguese animation

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A key figure in Portuguese animation, Regina Pessoa has been internationally recognized since her first short film in 1999, A Noite. She directed it within the Filmógrafo studio, created by Abi Feijó, himself a director but also a producer, teacher and director of the Museum of Animation in Porto. The Premiers Plans Festival proposes a tour of the talents active in this pioneering studio.


Jonas Carpignano

Jonas Carpignano grew up between Rome and New York. After two first short films awarded notably at the 68th Venice Film Festival and Critics' Week (2014), he directed his first feature film Mediterranea, selected at Critics' Week (2015). His second feature, A Ciambra, made its world premiere at the Directors' Fortnight 2017. A Chiara, his third feature, premiered at the Premiers Plans Festival, closes the trilogy around the Calabrian town of Gioia Tauro, where these three films are shot.