On November 8 Fassbinder’s two-part film based on the science-fiction novel Simulacron-3 (1964) by Daniel F. Galouye will be shown on the big screen in Portugal for the first time as part of this year’s Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival in Lisbon. The premiere will be attended by Juliane Lorenz. On November 17 the film will then begin a tour of cinemas across the country.
The fact that the Portuguese film public is being given the opportunity to see this newly restored film on the big screen is due to the efforts of festival director, producer, distributor and film enthusiast Paulo Branco. In the course of his career, Branco has participated in the production of over 200 films and worked with, among others, Manoel de Oliveira, Raúl Ruiz, Wim Wenders, Werner Schroeter, Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Deneuve. Most recently he was president of the jury for this year’s 64th Locarno Film Festival.
In addition, Lisbon’s Teatro D’Maria is currently presenting director António Ferreira’s brilliant stage production of Fassbinder’s THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT. The play has been running successfully since September 15 and will be performed for the last time this year on November 6.