The Arquiteturas Film Festival runs from September 27th to October 1st in several locations in the city of Porto. An edition that features film sessions, debates, exhibitions and masterclasses, based on the notion of ​​“slowing down”.


"Slow Down!" This is the motto for the 9th edition of Arquiteturas Film Festival, the first to take place in the city of Porto. Organised by the INSTITUTO, under the direction of the architect Paulo Moreira, this is an international platform to discuss and disseminate architectural output through films, exhibitions and debates.


This year's edition, which runs from September 27 to October 1, reflects on the idea of ​​“slowing down, even if “this implies demolishing, reducing, reusing or subtracting the architecture”, says the organiser, in a statement.


Over five days, the festival will be divided into four sections: Official Programme, Guest Institution Programme, Experimental Programme and Competition Programme, with each section associated with iconic venues in the city that host the screening of films: Passos Manuel Cinema , Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), Fundação Marques da Silva, INSTITUTO and Casa Comum.


Opening film

This year, rather than a guest country, it will be an institution to be highlighted: the Centre for Documentary Architecture, founded by the German Ines Weizman, brings together architects, filmmakers, artists, digital programmers, historians and other lovers of this area to reflect on the notion of file.


From this relationship with the invited institution, we highlight films, debates and an exhibition, which can be visited at the Fundação Instituto Marques da Silva during the festival, and which will remain open until October 22nd.


The programme starts on September 27th with the screening of “Landscape Healing”, by director Richard John Seymour, at Cinema Passos Manuel, followed by a conversation with the director, the Norwegian architect, founder of the 3RW arkitekter studio, Haakon Rasmus Rasmussen, and the architect and founder of DK-CM studio, Cristina Monteiro.


Films in competition

In competition there will be 23 films from 17 nationalities, of which the works of Portuguese directors stand out: “Waters of Pastaza” by Inês T. Alves, which premiered at this year's Berlin Film Festival; “Places of Absence” by Melanie Pereira; “Lethes” by Eduardo Brito; and “Luz de Presença” by Diogo Costa Amarante.


Access to all Festival sessions is free, subject to the capacity of each venue.


The complete programme can be found at


Text: José Reis

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