“Black Sun” selected to TIFF

19 August 2019
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Sol Negro”, the short film by French-Portuguese director Maureen Fazendeiro, will have its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Canada, that will take place from September 5th to 15th.

 

Produced by O Som e a Fúria (Portugal) and Norte Productions (France) and promoted internationally by AGENCIA - Portuguese Short Film Agency, the film confronts images of a solar eclipse day in Lisbon and excerpts from a poem by Henri Michaux, read by French actress Delphine Seyrig.

 

“Sol Negro” is part of the TIFF's Wavelengths section, an exclusive avant-garde film section that highlights formal innovation and original cinematic expressions in the context of one of the world's largest and busiest film festivals. The programmers define the film on the festival's webpage: "Underscored by French film legend Delphine Seyrig’s evocative recitation of a Henri Michaux poem, Maureen Fazendeiro’s film is a mysterious, multi-textured portrait of eclipse spectators in Portugal".
 
Sol negro is my first film totally made in Portugal, the country I came to live in 2014 - says Maureen Fazendeiro - In March 2015, I gathered a small team, borrowed a camera and, using 16mm black and white film leftovers, I filmed the total eclipse of the sun, visible at 67% at the Lisbon's Astronomical Observatory. That day I collected a series of portraits of amazed spectators. When in 2019, I got financed for post-production, I was able to resume the editing interrupted for almost four years. It was about archeology of a film, made from fragments of images and sounds collected over time. I remembered a poem by Henri Michaux that speaks of an imagined country where there is only one sun per month, an event that creates a certain excitement in its inhabitants.

After “Motu Maeva”, DocLisboa award-winning documentary, “Sol Negro” is Maureen Fazendeiro's second film, which had its world premiere last July at the Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival competition.

"Dogs Barking at Birds" in Venice

25 July 2019
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"Dogs Barking at Birds" by Leonor Teles, will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival

"Dogs Barking at Birds" is the new short film by Portuguese director Leonor Teles, will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, that will take place from August 28 to September 7.

The film, selected to the Orizzonti Short Films Competition, portraits the summer days of Vicente and his family, forced to leave their house in downtown Porto, due to real estate speculation.

Produced by Uma Pedra no Sapato and promoted internationally by the AGENCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency, "Dogs Barking at Birds", was entirely shot in the city of Porto. "It captures a city that is not mine, a place that is unknown to me and does not belong to me. It is nonetheless less personal than the previous films. The connection I created with the family I filmed remains and that seems to be the constant in my work: people and my relationship with them", says the director.

A film commissioned and financed by the Municipality of Porto within the scope of the project Cultura em Expansão.

After “Batrachian’s Ballad” (Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale 2016), this is the second short film by Leonor Teles, director who debuted at the commercial circuit earlier this year the long “Ashore” - Prix International de la SCAM at the Cinéma du Réel, Prix de la Ville d'Amiens at Festival d'Amiens (France) and Mejor Opera International Prima at Mar del Plata Festival (Argentina).

Curtas Vila do Conde on tour

19 July 2019
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The 27th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival ended last July 14 with the announcement of the winners. As in previous years, after announcing the winners, the Festival presents a tour around the country, with a selection of some of the best films of this edition. The "Best of Curtas" will showcase some award-winning films, and the "Curtinhas" session is dedicated to the youngest and will be composed of small and fun films designed for the whole family.

The tour starts on July 22 and lasts until November, in different cities throughout the country: Coimbra, Leiria, Braga, OPorto, Lisbon, Matosinhos, Setúbal, Viseu, among many others.

 

The "Best of Curtas" program includes the films "Los Que Desean" by Elena López Riera (International Competition Grand Prize, DCN Beers Prize), "Nefta Football Club" by Yves Piat (Best Short Film of the My Generation competition), "Panique Au Village - La Foire Agricole" by Stéphane Aubier and Vicent Patar (Audience Prize Poças, of the International Competition), "Purpleboy" by Alexandre Siqueira (Best Animation of the International Competition and Movistar+ Prize) and "Mesa para dois no Carpa - David Bruno" by Francisco Lobo (Fujifilm Award at the Music Videos Competition).

 

The "Curtinhas" session presents a selection of the Curtinhas competition where the jury itself is composed of children: "Butterboo" by Emilie Pigeard (winner of the MAR Shopping Matosinhos Prize), "Kids" by Michael Frei (Honorable Mention M/10), and "A Tiger With No Stripes" by Raul Reyes (Honorable Mention M/3). In addition to these, the session also includes the films "Sam's Dream" by Nolwenn Roberts, "The Kite" by Martin Smatana and "Matches" by Géza M. Tóth.

 

In Lisbon, Cinemateca Portuguesa receives a special program that will take place on July 25th. This session includes the films "Los Que Desean" by Elena López Riera, "Ave Rara" by Vasco Saltão (Best Film of the National Competition, OralMED Prize + Pixel Bunker Prize) and "Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures De La Jeune Fille De Pierre" by Gabriel Abrantes (Audience Award SPA of the National Competition, Fiction Prize of the International Competition and the Vila do Conde Short Film Candidate to the European Film Awards).


Tour Calendar:
 

LEIRIA

Teatro José Lúcio da Silva

22 Jul - Curtinhas

 

Teatro José Lúcio da Silva

24 Jul - Best of Curtas

 

COIMBRA

Teatro Académico Gil Vicente

24 Jul - Curtinhas (18h30) // Best of Curtas (21h30)

 

Fila K Cineclube

30 Jul - Best of Curtas


Casa das Artes Bissaya Barreto

23 Out - Best of Curtas

 

LISBOA

Cinemateca Portuguesa

25 Jul - Best of Curtas (programa especial)

Zero em Comportamento
Auditório da Biblioteca Orlando Ribeiro, em Telheiras
26 Out - Curtinhas 

 

PORTO

Casa Allen (Cineclube Porto)

7 Ago - Best of Curtas
 
 

VILA REAL

Shortcutz Vila Real

3 Set - Best of Curtas
 
 

VISEU

Shortcutz Viseu

6 Set - Curtinhas (15h) // Best of Curtas (22h)
20 Set - Curtinhas

 

SETÚBAL

Praça de Bocage - Sessão ao ar livre

14 Set - Best of Curtas
 
 

BRAGA

Gnration

27, 28 Set - Curtinhas

 

SILVES

Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório

28 Set - Curtinhas // Best of Curtas

 

MATOSINHOS

Teatro Constatino Nery

11 Out - Best of Curtas

 

SINES

Centro de Artes de Sines

18 Out - Best of Curtas

19 Out - Curtinhas


FUNCHAL 

Shortcutz Funchal
19 , 20 Out - Curtinhas
7 Nov - Best Of Curtas


ALMADA
Academia Almadense
24 Out - Best of Curtas 


ODIVELAS

Centro Cultural Malaposta

10 Nov - Curtinhas

16 Nov - Best of Curtas

Awards 27º Curtas Vila do Conde

14 July 2019
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The 27th Curtas Vila do Conde awards were announced last July 14th at the festival's Closing Ceremony. Elena López Riera won the DCN Beers Great Prize of the International Competition with "Los que Desean". "Ave Rara", by Vasco Saltão, was the Best Film of the Portuguese Competition.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Great Prize
DCN Beers
Best film in competition
LOS QUE DESEAN
Elena López Riera · Switzerland/Spain · 2018 · FIC · 24'

 
Awards for the best film in each category in the competition:
Animation
PURPLEBOY
Alexandre Siqueira · Portugal/France/Belgium · 2019 · ANI · 14'

 
Documentary "Manoel de Oliveira"
DEMONIC
Pia Borg · Australia · 2019 · DOC · 28'

 
Fiction
LES EXTRAORDINAIRES MÉSAVENTURES DE LA JEUNE FILLE DE PIERRE
Gabriel Abrantes · France/Portugal · 2019 · FIC · 20'

 
Poças Audience Award
PANIQUE AU VILLAGE - LA FOIRE AGRICOLE
Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar · Belgium/France · 2019 · ANI · 26'

 
PORTUGUESE COMPETITION
BEST FILM
OralMED Award
2.000 euros
+
Pixel Bunker Award
2.500 euros, in services
AVE RARA    
Vasco Saltão · Portugal · 2019 · FIC · 34'

 
Best Director · Kino Sound Studio Award
4,000 euros in post-production services
Mariana Gaivão
for the film    
RUBY
Portugal · 2019 · FIC · 25'

 
Audience Award
SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores
LES EXTRAORDINAIRES MÉSAVENTURES DE LA JEUNE FILLE DE PIERRE
Gabriel Abrantes - France/Portugal - 2019 - FIC - 20

 
Movistar+ Prize 
PURPLEBOY
Alexandre Siqueira · Portugal/France/Belgium · 2019 · ANI · 14'

 
VILA DO CONDE SHORT FILM CANDIDATE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
LES EXTRAORDININAIRES MÉSAVENTURES DE LA JEUNE FILLE DE PIERRE
Gabriel Abrantes · France/Portugal · 2019 · FIC · 20'
 
TAKE ONE COMPETITION!
Best film
EM CASO DE FOGO
Tomás Paula Marques · Portugal · 2019 · FIC · 23'
Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema
Blit Award · Best Director
Maria Teixeira
for the film
INSIDE ME
Germany · 2019 · ANI/DOC · 5'
Filmuniversitat Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (Germany)

 
MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION
Fujifilm Prize
MESA PARA DOIS NO CARPA – DAVID BRUNO
Francisco Lobo · Portugal · 2019 · 4'
 
EXPERIMENTAL COMPETITION
Experimental Award
SUSPENDED ISLAND
Jane Wilson, Louise Wilson · United Kingdom · 2018 · DOC · 16'
 
CURTINHAS COMPETITION
MAR Shopping Matosinhos Award
BUTTERBOO (BAMBOULE)
Emilie Pigeard · Belgium/France · 2018 · ANI · 9'

 
Honourable Mention (M/3)
A TIGER WITH NO STRIPES (LE TIGER SANS RAYURES)
Raul Robin Morales Reyes · France/Switzerland · 2018 · ANI · 9'
Honourable Mention (M/10)
KIDS
Michael Frei · Switzerland · 2019 · ANI · 9'

 
MY GENERATION COMPETITION
NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
Yves Piat · France · 2018 · FIC · 17'

Curtas starts this Saturday with Bacurau

3 July 2019
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The 27th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde starts this Saturday, July 6th. The festival will take to Vila do Conde more than 250 films in a show of the most creative and innovative is happening at the moment with the cinematographic language, in permanent dialogue with other forms of artistic and cultural expression.

To mark the start, the preview of Bacurau, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, a dystopian tropical western that won the jury award at this year's Cannes festival. With performances by Sónia Braga and Barbara Colen, among others, Bacurau is an impressive allegory of the current Brazilian political situation.

 
 In focus in this Curtas will also be the works of the North American Todd Solondz, the greatest figure in independent cinema and a sharp critic of contemporary American society; and of the Portuguese-Angolan Carlos Conceição. It will also be possible to watch, in the From Short film to Long section, the premiere of the first two episodes of Luz Vermelha, a series by André Santos and Marco Leão and Knives and Skin, by Jennifer Reader. 
This year, particular attention to discovering and revisiting forgotten, ignored or undervalued works, in an operation to rescue memory and cinephilia that is the most recent section of the festival: Revisited Cinema. The first programme presents works on José Régio and works by Sergei Parajanov, António Reis, the duo Joe Dante and Jon Davidson, Disney productions in Technicolor or the beginning of John Rambo's saga.

 
In the Stereo section, special attention is given to the return of Thurston Moore, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, to Portugal, to play a selection of Maya Deren's films live. Tiago Cutileiro and Marta Navarro will accompany with an original score the classic O Gabinete do Dr. Caligari, os Montanhas Azuis (Marco Franco, Norberto Lobo and Bruno Pernadas) play before the choices and images of the visual artist Pedro Maia, while the London collective The Heliocentrics will accompany the film Heaven and Earth Magic by Harry Smith, one of the most significant filmmakers of vanguard and animation. On the musical level, he also notes the debut of the documentary Mutantes S.21 - 25 years later, about the celebration of the anniversary of the Mão Morta album, and for the performance BrainBows, a sensorial experience by experimental filmmaker Rainer Kohlberger. 

 
In the parallel activities, Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática proposes a revisitation to one of the most iconic works in the history of cinema, The Office of Dr. Caligari, with original works by Daniel Blaufuks, Eduardo Brito, Rainer Kohlberger and Jonathan Uliel Saldanha.

 
The 27th edition of Curtas also includes a Portuguese and international competition with the best that has been done during the last year in the seventh art, an experimental competition that looks at the most irreverent and challenging side of cinema, a competition of musical videos and a competition of films made in a school context. For young people and families, Curtinhas continues to invest in training and entertainment for children up to the age of 9, with a vast programme of sessions and workshops which, this year, includes for the first time a selection of films made by students from schools in the region.
Between 6 and 14 July, Curtas will return to the Municipal Theatre of Vila do Conde, the Municipal Auditorium and the Solar Gallery. The complete programme can be found in short films.

Open Call - Meet Festivals

27 June 2019
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The Open Call for the Meet the Festivals is now open!
This program is part of the Curtas Pro Section of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde and will happen on Thursday, 11 of July 2019 from 15:00 to 17:00 at Hotel Brazão.

Meet the Festivals gives directors, producers, distributors and schools direct access to one-to-one meetings with twelve key international festival programmers and industry representatives attending the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde. This is the best occasion to enrich your insight on the specificities of each event in order to best promote your films and discover screening opportunities in the festival circuit.

The application form can be submitted until July 4th 2019.

Maximum capacity: 24 participants

For more information: industry@curtas.pt or +351 252 638025. 

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