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The year of the Portuguese

16 July 2012
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The Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival ended on Sunday and surpassed the best expectations of the organization. But despite the closing of the 20th edition, Curtas Vila do Conde continues to be talked about and have yet things to see!

Given the success with the premiere of the film "Obrigação" by João Canijo with the room completely full and with numerous people who were not even able to purchase the ticket in time to watch, Curtas Vila do Conde decided to have a new session scheduled for next Saturday, at 17h00, at the Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde.

We recall that the director João Canijo was Caxinas filming a documentary about the women of the fishermen. The film is called "Obrigação" and the director intends to use this material to make a feature film whose world premiere will happen at the 21st edition of the Curtas Vila do Conde.

The film "Obrigação" is one of several campus productions, a section of the Estaleiro project developed by Curtas Metragens CRL, joining experienced Portuguese filmmakers with production teams made up of students or recent graduates of audiovisual courses.

Four of these films were presented during the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, in this celebration year.

Curtas Vila do Conde will be the subject of a special tribute in the 65th International Film Festival of Locarno in southern Switzerland, that happens between 1 to 11 August. "Tribute to Curtas Vila do Conde" is the name of the special program dedicated to the festival and that includes the screening of the four films commissioned by Curtas, directed by four directors relevant in the contemporary landscape and who have a strong relationship with the festival. The four films are: LAND OF MY DREAMS by Yann Gonzalez, O CANTO DO ROCHA (The Song of Rocha) by Helvécio Marins Jr., O MILAGRE DE SANTO ANTÓNIO (The Miracle of Saint Anthony) by Sergei Loznitsa; and RECONVERSÃO, by Thom Andersen.

According to Nuno Rodrigues, director of the Curtas Vila do Conde, this special program in Locarno means "recognition for the work done by the festival over 20 years." At the same time, "is a clear commitment to a set of four films and four authors who have already reached a level able to honor the work of the Festival of Vila do Conde and arriving this way to Locarno, a major international film festival", states Nuno Rodrigues.

The prize-giving ceremony of the festival took place on Saturday night. The Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has, this year, a track record that honors the Portuguese cinema!

"Os Vivos Também Choram", by Basil da Cunha, won the Best Film Award at the Portuguese Competition and was one of the winners of the Onda Curta RTP2 Prize. Also in Portuguese Competition was awarded an Honorable Mention to "A Cidade e o Sol", by Leonor Noivo.

"A Comunidade", by Salomé Lamas won the Prize for Best Documentary. And "Manhã de Santo António", by João Pedro Rodrigues, was awarded the prize for best European short film (nomination for the European Film Awards in the category of short film, organized annually by the European Film Academy).

The official competition jury, composed by Margarida Cardoso, Graça Castanheira, Ed Lachman, Adrian Sitaru and Martin Pawley, awarded the International Competition in three categories: Animation, Documentary and Fiction. Noteworthy is the Grand Prize winner "Cidade de Vila do Conde ', awarded to the best film in competition, worth 2,000 euros, sponsored by the city of Vila do Conde. The winning film was the documentary "A Story for the Modlins", by Sergio Oksman.

By the time of the awards ceremony, the festival had already exceeded by 10 percent the number of spectators recorded last year.