The New York Film Academy is excited to host an early screening of the film “Porto,” starring Lucie Lucas and the late Anton Yelchin. The event will take place at NYFA’s New York City campus on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Set in the ancient Portuguese city of the same name, “Porto” tells the story of an American loner, Jake (Anton Yelchin) and a French student, Mati (Lucie Lucas) who “embark on a night of carefree intimacy.” As the official plot describes it, “This romantic encounter is viewed from years later, both characters still haunted by the powerful connection they shared. Using a mix of film stocks and art direction that evokes a bygone era of European cinema, ‘Porto’ delivers a cinematic form of saudade – a Portuguese word that describes an emotional state of nostalgic longing for a person or place that one has loved.”
The film was shot on 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm film stocks to represent the three different time periods — the one-night stand, the days surrounding it, and present day — represented in the story.
Lead actor Anton Yelchin tragically passed away in an accident in 2016, and “Porto” is one of the final films he shot before his death.
Director Gabe Klinger and co-writer Larry Gross will attend the NYFA screening and take part in a Q&A following the film. The Brazilian-born director previously directed the documentary “Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater.” Attendees will include NYFA Filmmaking, Acting, and Cinematography students.
The film opens Friday, Nov. 17 in New York City at Sunshine Cinema and Friday, Nov. 24 in Los Angeles at Nuart Theatre. Watch the trailer for the film below: