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Filmmaker considers “remarkable achievement” Angolan film premiere at Locarno Film Festival

Filmmaker Ery Claver considered this Monday a “notable achievement” for Angolan cinema to premiere the film “Nossa Senhora da Loja do Chinês”, scheduled for Thursday, at the 75th edition of the Locarno Film Festival, in Switzerland.


"It is already a considerable achievement for Angolan cinema to have a film competing in a festival that is more than 70 years old", said this Monday to Lusa Ery Claver, director of the new fiction feature film, produced by "Geração 80".

The Angolan film "Nossa Senhora da Loja do Chinês" premieres this Thursday, August 11, at the Locarno Film Festival, in Switzerland, and the feature film will have seven screenings for the public.

"It is a way of showing that even with all the difficulties in the cultural sector, it is possible here to produce films with quality to be represented at the highest level", stressed the director.

The film, which also competes in the "Concorso Cineasta Del Presente" category, tells the story of Angolan experiences in an urban neighborhood in Luanda, with a unique plastic image of Our Lady in the center, in the midst of resentment, greed and tragedy.

For Ery Claver, the presence of "Nossa Senhora da Loja do Chinês" also translates into a form of incentive so that we do not stop working".

A Chinese merchant, a bereaved mother, a barber and a disoriented young man are among the protagonists of the urban tale.

The production company's new film "Geração 80", written and directed by Angolan filmmaker Ery Claver, "is a continuation of the production company's commitment to telling Angolan stories, from a country with a confluence of cultures, and producing independent cinema".

According to the producer, with 11 years of experience in the cinema and audiovisual sector in Angola, the objective of this new film "has always been to tell Angolan stories, of a country with a confluence of culture, stories and experiences that are sometimes so surreal that they go beyond fiction".

"We open our eyes to other ways of making cinema, less conventional and more adapted to our context, a greater attention to what we already have than what we lack", reads a statement from "Geração 80".


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