FICLA Bookstore

June 2, 16:00


Conceiving the catalogue for a bookshop always gives great pleasure, especially when it’s for a

bookshop in a place that doesn’t have an abundance of them… Imagine, then, when that catalogue is for a bookshop at an International Film and Literature Festival in the Algarve!

In the walled city, through Vila Adentro we will find, next to the Municipal Museum of Faro, the festival bookshop, with catalogues for both the FICLA and the CIAC. There, we

will be able to look through part of the Faro Cine-Club archive and familiarise ourselves with it.

During the festival, several book presentations will be given next to the bookshop.

For this 2022 chameleon edition, the bookshop has put together a specific catalogue.

It includes 12 published works, ranging from essays to poetry, by the Vietnamese artist, Trinh T.

Minh-ha, to whom we have dedicated a retrospective. This author’s books provide fantastic food for thought for anyone interested in cultural politics, representation, feminism or post-colonialism

and, at the same time, allow us direct access to her films. The book Woman, Native, Other

written in 1983 and published 6 years later in 1989 (having been rejected over the years by

numerous publishers as unclassifiable), is a clear example of the fluidity with which the author

interrelates disciplines, dissipates categories and defies strict boundaries. Or the “Framer Framed” which, alongside a group of beautiful interviews, also includes three of her film scripts.

There will also be specific books that reference the films in the official selection, such as Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici, which inspired the film Eles Transportan a Morte by Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado who will be presenting their film at the festival. Bertrand Mandico returns this year with After Blue, which explores the notions of the post-human and sexual dissidence; it is the first film in a trilogy loosely linked to Dante’s Divine Comedy.

As in previous years, there will be more books on film theory and books related to the cycle

Corpos / Bodies, about imaginings of the body, feminism, dissidents sexualities, etc. There will be other more literary works, like Sylvia Plath: Diaries 1950-1962, published last year in Portugal by Relógio D’Água, which has inspired films like Letters Home, by Chantal Akerman, as well as classics like Orlando, by Virginia Woolf, the author whose phrase: “I am rooted, but I flow”; gives the cycle its title.

We felt it would be important this year to bring some of the latest publications (thanks to other partnerships, such as the one with Porto’s Poetria bookshop), books in line with the spirit of this edition, such as Meadowlands by Louise Glück.


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