Sections and films 2017

Official Selection In Competition

The Official Selection - In Competition gathers some of the best films produced or premiered during 2017.

Official Selection Out of Competition

One of the key aims of this section is to have an overview of the world film production.

Isabelle Huppert Retrospective

The main focus of the 11th edition of LEFFEST will be on actress Isabelle Huppert, with a big retrospective of the films she starred in.

João Mário Grilo Retrospective

An authentic look at the world.

Abel Ferrara Retrospective

​A prominent figure of North American independent film.

Peter Brook Retrospective

The greatest living theatre director, with a multifaceted body of work, extending itself also in opera, cinema and literature.

José Vieira Retrospective

A director of Portuguese origin and a pioneer author of a singular filmography, dedicated to the problem of emigration.

Special screening Images d'orient

A film by Gidon Kremer e Sandro Kancheli, a concert and a reading of Elfriede Jelinek's "The Supplicants".

Julian Schnabel Retrospective

Artist and director, one of the main representatives of the Neo-Expressionist movement.

Preserving the Memory of Cinema

A section dedicated to celebrating some of the greatest works in the history of film, recently digitally restored in 4K.

Alain Planès, L’infini turbulent

A film by Solrey, followed by an Alain Planès concert.


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Revolution of 1917 and The Fate of the Russian Poets

An in-depth analysis on cultural aspects of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Paul Bowles. A cinematic portrait

Documentaries about Paul Bowles

Rodrigo Rey Rosa Special

One of the most relevant Latin-American authors of today.

Jean Douchet, Restless Child

A beacon for several generations of critics, cinephiles and directors.

Can Art Still Be Subversive Today?

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” : this formula from 'The Leopard' sounds in this context like a warning.


Films that need to be seen in a new light

Into Focus: Ildikó Enyedi

Special emphasis on the work of the Hungarian director

Into Focus: Mathieu Amalric

Special emphasis on the work of Amalric as director

Twin Peaks

David Lynch and his legendary TV series return

Robert Pattinson Presents...

Special session with a film chosen by actor Robert Pattinson, followed by a Q&A.

Short Film Competition

One of the most important sections of the event allowing the discovery of new creators.

Films For All Ages

The Educational Programme is a project developed especially for the community