Diogo Costa Amarante awarded at Berlinale

20 February 2017
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“Cidade Pequena / Small Town” by Diogo Costa Amarante has won, last Saturday, the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.


The jury, made by the geran artist Christian Jankowski, the north-american curator Kimberly Drew and by the Chilean programmer Carlos Núñez, took special note of the several framings of the film that “recalls the attention to detail, present on the paintings of the Italian renascence.”


With the director sister and nephew as stars, “Small Town” is based on a real-life episode where Francisco discovers in school that people have head, torso and limbs and, if the heart stops, they would die. This fiction is a thought process about the awareness over death, time and family.

The 20 minute short film, with Curtas Metragens CRL production, premiered in July 2016 on the 24th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival and is part of the distribution catalogue of Agência da Curta Metragem.


Present also at the short film competition that took place at the German capital, between 9 and 19 of February, were “Altas Cidades de Ossadas / High Cities of Bone” by João Salaviza – who won the award in 2012 with “Rafa” – and “Coup de Grâce" by Salomé Lamas. “Os Humores Artificiais” de Gabriel Abrantes was the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.

Making-of 24º Curtas Vila do Conde

1 August 2016
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CURTAS: A FESTIVAL FOR EVERYONE
 

The latest Curtas Vila do Conde, that took place between 9 and 17 of July, was a festival for everyone. On the several sections, Curtas has shown the broadness of audiences, from the most passionate cinemagoer, to the music lovers and the kids, the public of the future. It was, precisely, a festival between past and future, screening iconic films from the history of cinema but also looking into the new tendencies of the contemporary cinema.

 

During the nine of intense programing, 9 film concerts/performances were presented and 241 films were screened, coming from 46 countries, in 86 screenings that took place on both rooms of Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde to about 20.000 spectators. The 24th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde was made by a team of 138 individuals and over 350 guests, from directors to technicians, actors, producers, programmers and journalists.

 

The highlight goes, mainly, to the film-concerts that again, filled the rooms of the Teatro Municipal. Tindersticks and Jay-Jay Johanson showed why they are the cornerstones of a certain musical intimacy, in shows in which the moving image is essential to create sound environments. On the other hand, The Legendary Tigerman, this time with Rita Lino and Pedro Maia, charmed with a new project, premiered worldwide. It was a splendorous night. Finally, The Greg Foat Group brought the best of jazz to a film-concert with films from the classical forefront.

 

Like said before, Curtas Vila do Conde was a filmgoer festival, with the screening of plenty of classical films, a lot of them on film. On the Carte Blanche of the directors João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata and also on the special program of Audiovisual Essays, there were several the “historical” films that were enjoyed by very young audiences. One of the main goals of the festival was, thus, fulfilled: to promote the cinephilia of the future. That future was also fulfilled in a Film Critic Workshop, in which thirteen participants wrote over 40 texts about films screened in the festival.

 

The competitions kept their ability to bring audiences and show the best of the contemporary cinema. In 2016, the Curtas jury has awarded two filmmakers that were for the first time in Vila do Conde: the main award was to the Israeli Nadav Lapid (with “From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer”) and the best Portuguese film award was to Ana Maria Gomes (with “António, Dashing António”). That way, it was proved that there is a generational renewal of the short film cinema.

 

The European Panorama, in collaboration with several support and cinema promoting entities from their respective countries presented, once more, a selection of the best short films from various European cinematographies. In 2016 invited countries were Holland, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland. The Portuguese Panorama presented relevant films from 2015 that were screened in other Portuguese festivals, from authors like Leonor Teles, Pedro Peralta, José Miguel Ribeiro, Filipe Abranches and Simão Cayatte

 

Curtas Vila do Conde dedicated a retrospective to Borderline Films, with the screening of several short films and feature films from the American independent cinema collective and the presence of one of the founders, Josh Mond.

 

Last, but not least, the exhibition “From the Pearl River to the River Ave” was another of the highlights. For the first time in Portugal, the duo João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata have presented an exhibition on an art gallery, combining film elements (Films or rushes of their projects) with scenic elements of their works. The exhibition will be until the 25th of September in Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery.

 

With a part ambience, in which the nights were also important, Curtas Vila do Conde has shown, again, that it is a gathering point for creators and audience, where much can be shared and discovered. Next year there is more, in a special edition: the 25th anniversary!

 

Curtas Vila do Conde at Festival Scope

12 July 2016
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From 12 to 26 of July, the Festival Scope platform, has available for free screening worldwide, a selection of short films that are part of the 24th Curtas Vila do Conde competition: “Fiesta Forever” by Jorge Jácome, “Une Tête Disparaît” by Franck Dion, “Decorado” by Alberto Vázquez, “When You Awake” by Jay Rosenblatt, “Há Terra!” by Ana Vaz, “Blind Vaysha” by Theodore Ushev and “I Was a Winner” by Jonas Odell. While it is free, it is limited to 300 tickets per film.

https://www.festivalscope.com/all/festival/curtas-vila-do-conde-online/2016 

Tindersticks at Curtas Vila do Conde: extra concert

6 June 2016
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Tindersticks will present an extra concert at Curtas Vila do Conde on July 13th at 8pm. Tickets for both concerts are on sale at the venue and online (www.bol.pt).

TINDERSTICKS, 13 July, 10:30pm
- Extra Concert: 13 July, 8:00pm

 
The English band will present "The Waiting Room" in a film-concert with several short films that illustrate the tracks from the new album. In the second part of the show, the band will also perform songs that celebrate 25 years of Tindersticks. It is an absolute premiere in Portugal.

 

Published earlier this year, "The Waiting Room" is the tenth studio album by Tindersticks and features collaborations by Beth Jehnny, lead singer of the Savages; a virtual duet with Lhasa De Sela, the singer who died in 2010; and arrangements by Julian Siegel. This new work is accompanied by an ambitious audiovisual project that explores the relationship between Tindersticks and cinema: several directors were invited to create short films that visually illustrate each of the 11 tracks on the album. These interpretations were made by filmmakers as Christoph Girardet, Joe King and Rosie Pedlow - that have also presented films in past editions of the festival - Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and the Brazilian Gabriel Sanna, amongst others. Some of the videos are signed by Stuart A. Staples, lead singer of the band.

 

The project, produced by the Blogotheque and the record label Lucky Dog, is the result of a partnership with the Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand, where the show was first presented.

 

Curtas Vila do Conde will also present film-concerts by Jay-Jay Johanson, The Legendary Tigerman and The Greg Foat Group.

 

 

 

Tindersticks, Jay-Jay Johanson, The Legendary Tigerman and The Greg Foat Group at Curtas Vila do Conde

27 May 2016
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The English band Tindersticks will present their new album, "The Waiting Room", in a live show at Curtas Vila do Conde. The Stereo section of the festival, dedicated to music events, will also feature film-concerts by Jay-Jay Johanson, The Legendary Tigerman and The Greg Foat Group.

Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival is back for its 24th edition between 9 and 17 July. As in previous years, the programme will highlight the intersection between cinema and music through the section Stereo, where moving images are reinterpreted by musicians and bands in live acts.

 

On July 13th, Tindersticks will present "The Waiting Room" in a film-concert with several short films that illustrate the tracks from the new album. In the second part of the show, the band will also perform songs that celebrate 25 years of Tindersticks. It is an absolute premiere in Portugal.

 

Published earlier this year, "The Waiting Room" is the tenth studio album by Tindersticks and features collaborations by Beth Jehnny, lead singer of the Savages; a virtual duet with Lhasa De Sela, the singer who died in 2010; and arrangements by Julian Siegel. This new work is accompanied by an ambitious audiovisual project that explores the relationship between Tindersticks and cinema: several directors were invited to create short films that visually illustrate each of the 11 tracks on the album. These interpretations were made by filmmakers as Christoph Girardet, Joe King and Rosie Pedlow - that have also presented films in past editions of the festival - Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and the Brazilian Gabriel Sanna, amongst others. Some of the videos are signed by Stuart A. Staples, lead singer of the band.

 

The project, produced by the Blogotheque and the record label Lucky Dog, is the result of a partnership with the Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand, where the show was first presented.

 

On 16th of July, Jay-Jay Johanson, the artist known by his melancholic voice, will present his latest album "Opium", with an audiovisual show in which the themes are accompanied by moving images.

 

Admittedly more pop and rock than the others, the tenth album of originals by Jay-Jay Johanson keeps all the essence of his music: an innate facility for melodies and a voice and rhythms that elevate his songs from subtle to sublime.

 

A recurring presence at Curtas Vila do Conde, The Legendary Tigerman is back to the festival on July 15th with "How To Become Nothing", the project that lead the musician, the photographer Rita Lino and the filmmaker Pedro Maia on a road trip through the California desert. The result that will premiere at Curtas Vila do Conde, is a road movie presented in a film-concert with live music by The Legendary Tigerman and images manipulated live by Pedro Maia.

 

"How To Become Nothing" is a false diary with photos, Super 8mm film and texts by Paulo Furtado, the result of three visions on the journey of a man who, more than disappear, wants to become nothing, to be nothing.

 

For the first time in Portugal, The Greg Foat Group, the jazz quintet led by the talented musician Greg Foat, will perform in the festival on July 14th to present a project in world premiere. "Visual Music" is a project with original soundtrack for classic experimental cinema of the 20’s by Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Ralph Steiner and Walter Ruttmann.

 

With several works published by Jazzman Records, The Greg Foat Group is acclaimed by international critics since their premiere. Their unique sound is characterized by the atmosphere of experimentation, using instruments such as the harpsichord, synthesizer, tubular bells, in a mixture of styles and musical trends that stand out for their cinematic environment and psychedelic jazz.

 

Tickets for the film-concerts of Curtas Vila do Conde are on sale at the venue and Online (www.bol.pt)

 

In its 24th edition, Curtas Vila do Conde will continue to present the best of contemporary cinema through a wide selection of innovative films to an interested audience that lives the week of the Festival with intensity.

 

Curtas Vila do Conde has the support of Câmara Municipal de Vila do Conde, the Ministry of Culture, the Portuguese Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual and several partners essential to the festival. The Stereo section is sponsored by FNAC.

 

Films from La Semaine de La Critique available at Festival Scope

19 May 2016
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From 20 to 27 May, several short films from the Official Competition of La Semaine de La Critique of Cannes Film Festival will be available for free online viewing around the world in the public platform of Festival Scope: “En Moi” by Laetitia Casta; “Arnie” by Rina B. Tsou; “Ascensão” by Pedro Peralta; “Campo de Víboras” by Cristèle Alves Meira; “Delusion Is Redemption to Those in Distress” by Fellipe Fernandes; “Birth of Leader” by Antoine de Bary; “Limbo” de Konstantina Kotzamani; “Oh What a Wonderful Feeling” by François Jaros; “In The Year of Monkey” by Wregas Bhanuteja; “The Virgin Soldier” by Erwan Le Duc; “Superbia” by Luca Tóth; “From The Diary of a Wedding Photographer” by Nadav Lapid and “Water Steps” by César Augusto Acevedo.


Only 200 tickets per film will be available worldwide.  

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