20th Curtas Vila do Conde in the international press

4 October 2012
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The success of the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde was mirrored during the week of the festival, with an impact on the audience and the national film critics. Soon after the end of this edition, and in the past months, the international press began publishing criticism of this anniversary edition. There were several correspondents of newspapers and magazines that were in Vila do Conde during the week of Curtas. Among others, were around here, "Cahiers the Cinéma", "Bréf", "Caimán Cuardenos de Cine", "Libération" or the digital magazines "A Cuarta Parede", "Transit", "Mubi - Notebook" or "Senses of Cinema. "

Most of these publications highlight the twenty years of the festival and the productions developed for this anniversary, as well as filmes Campus / Estaleiro. Also highlighted are some of the winning films or certain Portuguese films that impressed these critics.

In "Cahiers du Cinéma", Jean Philippe Tessé highlights the festival programme: "la tendance du festival: excitant et pointu, avec un penchant prononcé prononcé pour l’expérimental et un certain fétichisme (beaucoup de films sous le patronage de Tscherkassky). C’est d’ailleurs ce qui fait le charme de ce festival, où s’agglutinent des objets hétéroclites (...) et d’où l’on est sûr de revenir avec quelques pépites en poche." In the French "Libération", with writing by Julien Gester, it is highlighted the particular moment of Portuguese cinema: "(...) festival de Vila do Conde, l’un des meilleurs consacrés au court métrage en Europe, qui célébrait dans une atmosphère d’euphorie crispée une 20e édition pavée de paradoxes, partagée entre master class, ciné-concerts, tour d’horizon du court métrage étranger, panorama relevé d’une création nationale tout à la fois en ébullition et en crise. The magazine "Bréf" (dedicated to short-films) highlights, most of all, the four productions of the 20th anniversary, ending the article, signed by Jacques Kermabon, with the comment: "Programmés avec succès au festival de Locarno cet été, ces quatre films devraient faire résonner le nom du festival de Vila do Conde sous d’autres cieux. Et qui sait ? Leur réussite pourrait même donner à l’équipe du festival le goût d’ajouter la corde de producteur à l’arc de leurs activités."

The digital magazine "Notebook", by the MUBI project, it is highlighted the International Competition: " It is often at film festivals that one is assailed by the Hamletic dilemma of why so many stale and useless films are being made (but also selected and programmed) instead of not. Curtas' International Competition, on the contrary, boasted a remarkably valid selection honoring the noble practice of selection to the detriment of bloating overabundance. Almost every film had an aesthetic purpose, was convincingly realized and felt true, at least to its maker’s intentions." Andrea Franco, from "Transit" magazine, makes a long analysis of the festival, signaling the special character of Curtas Vila do Conde: "Casi familiar, el certamen congrega al núcleo duro de la cinefilia portuguesa, junto a la crítica especializada internacional. Pero aquí no hay alfombra roja, ni photocall, ni ruedas de prensa, y las grandes figuras a las que admiramos pasean por el pueblo tranquilamente sin guardaespaldas, sin una masa de gente apretada contra las vallas para pedirles una foto; aquí la admiración se queda dentro de uno, y como mucho emerge en forma de mirada tímida y fugaz: “Su cine es maravilloso” –les dije en secreto a Thom Andersen, a Olivier Assayas, a Philippe Garrel."

The texts from the magazines "Caiman Cuadernos de Cine", "Senses of Cinema" or "A Cuarta Parede" analyse the Portuguese Competition of the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde. Martin Pawley ("Caimán Cuadernos de Cine") says: "Curtas Vila do Conde cumplió veinte años y lo celebró otorgando más peso que nunca a la producción portuguesa"; Jorge Mourinha ("Senses of Cinema") describes: "Understandably, the 20th anniversary edition of Vila do Conde became an irresistible opportunity to look at the “state of the nation” in a 2012 that has been fraught with perils and wonders for Portuguese film."

Finally, it is worth signaling the presence of the film critics from Bulgary and Russia (the journalist Evgeny Gusyatinskiy writes, for example, about short film as an example of a vanguard cinema).

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