On the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September, TVCine Channels present the first edition of TVCine FEST, the festival that celebrates the premieres of television in Cinema. This is a unique opportunity to see acclaimed films and series debuting on the big screen, exclusively at NOS Cinemas across the country. The initiative also has a strong component of supporting culture and artists in Portugal, with part of the proceeds going to Casa do Artista.
Lisbon, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, Coimbra, Vila Real, Almada, Loulé and Funchal are the cities that will host the TVCine FEST. The festival gives first-hand access to exclusive news from TVCine Channels, from successful series to great films that have not been shown in cinemas in Portugal.
Among the programming highlights is the premiere of the first episode of the fifth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, the series inspired by the work of Margaret Atwood that won 15 Emmys and became a cultural phenomenon around the world. More relevant than ever, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most anticipated returns of the year, and appears in Portugal at TVCine FEST.
TVCine FEST takes place on the 24th and 25th of September
But there are many other novelties not to be missed at the festival. Saturday, September 24th brings exclusive premieres of Studio 666, a horror-comedy created by and starring the Foo Fighters, and The Purge: Goodbye America, the new chapter in the cult franchise produced by James DeMonaco and Michael Bay. On a day filled with strong emotions, there is also the possibility to see for the first time The Jesuit, an action film with a screenplay by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) and a cast that includes Tim Roth, Brian Cox and Ron Perlman, and Bull, a acclaimed revenge thriller from BAFTA-winning director Paul Andrew Williams. The first day’s schedule is completed with the premiere of the first episode of Billy The Kid T1, a new series with a modern western touch that takes its inspiration from the legendary American cowboy.
For Sunday, September 25, several surprises are also in store. The second day of TVCine FEST begins with the Portuguese premiere of Help, a drama starring Jodie Comer that won her the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in 2022 for her extraordinary portrayal of a nurse grappling with the pandemic in a Liverpool home. The festival continues with the premieres of Mainstream, a satire by Gia Coppola with Andrew Garfield and Maya Hawke, and A Diary for Jordan, a moving family drama directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan in the lead role.
Elisabeth Moss is the star of the last two sessions of the festival. In Shirley, she brings genius horror writer Shirley Jackson to life in a fiercely original biopic of Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline) who won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Finally, Moss returns to the iconic role of June Osborne in The Handmaid’s Tale T5, in an exclusive preview that closes the TVCine FEST in a big way.
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