With all cinema sessions with free admission, as well as debates and an exhibition, the festival runs for five days and features four sections dedicated to architecture and the city. and environmentally, that convey a reciprocal relationship between human action and nature”, says the organization. The 9th edition of the film festival takes place under the motto “Slow Down!” (“Slow down!”, in free translation from English) and “reflects on the idea of ’softening’, even if this implies demolishing, reducing, reusing or subtracting the architecture”, explains the organization, in a statement. , a city that had already functioned as a “satellite” for the event taking place in Lisbon, Paulo Moreira, founder of the cultural project dedicated to visual arts and architecture Instituto, assumes the direction. at Cinema Batalha, which has not yet reopened, so the sessions will take place at the Institute, at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), at Casa Comum, at the Marques da Silva Institute Foundation and at Cinema Passos Manuel. competition, includes 23 films from 17 countries, which will be distributed over eight presentation sessions at Casa Comum, at the University of Porto’s rectory. The official program is curated by the architect and journalist Catarina de Almeida Brito, and includes the opening film “Landscape Healing”, by Richard John Seymour, which is followed by a debate between the director, the Norwegian architect Haakon Rasmus Rasmussen and the architect Cristina Monteiro, in Passos Manuel, on the first day. for four films from Portugal, the most represented country, including “Águas do Pastaza”, by Inês T. Alves, already presented at this year’s Berlin film festival, as well as at DocLisboa.“Lethes”, by Eduardo Brito, “Luz de Presença”, by Diogo Costa Amarante, and “Places of Absence”, by Melanie Pereira, complete the national offer. Charlotte Airas, already selected at other international festivals, but also three world premieres.“Group Affairs”, a Dutch production by Onur Can Tepe and Marcel Ijzerman, “Them, the Land and Us”, a film by Brazilian director Vitor Villaça Campanario, and the UK and Sri Lanka co-production “Ba wa’s Garden”, by Clara Kraft Isono, will be shown for the first time. Awards will be given in the categories of documentary, fiction, experimental, emerging talent, audience award and the new social conscience, for films “that address issues of social justice and space, equality and cultural diversity”. Instead of a guest country, this year it is an institution, in this case the Center for Documentary Architecture (CDA), founded by the German Ines Weizman, dedicated to a reflection on the archive in architecture and in the cinema.Weizman and Seymour will lead workshops during the event, in a parallel program that also includes an exhibition, “The Matter of Data. Documentary Architecture as Historical Method”, open until October 22 at the Marques da Silva Institute Foundation, and several debates. Istanbul Design Biennial 2020. The festival conceived by Do You Mean Architecture and the Institute is now directed by the Porto cultural project, leaving Lisbon, where the other eight editions took place, to take over Porto as its home, with the University of Porto, the municipal company Ágora, Cinema Passos Manuel and also the Ordem dos Arquitetos – Norte.