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Miguel Gomes' Short Films on DVD

6 August 2015
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After "Reconversion" by Thom Andersen, Curtas Vila do Conde, in partnership with FNAC, presents a second DVD that includes all the short films by Miguel Gomes. This edition, subtitled in english, spanish and portuguese, can be purchased for 4 euros at Loja das Curtas, located at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, and FNAC.

"Miguel Gomes: As Curtas-Metragens" 

Parents and teachers are gone. Meanwhile, a girl and two boys became a love trio. Rui, Nuno and Rita cross three different spaces and time in a way to get alone. A rugby match, a swimming-pool party, the beach. An instable balance – the trio is too close to a triangle. Meanwhile it’s the time of spellbound. Rui loves Rita, Nuno or just the fun of it? Nuno loves Rita and depends on Rui? Rita is the passive leader of the game. Does she love anyone? 

Christmas Inventory
25th December in the middle eighties. The Family get together in the grandparents’house. When I was twelve I dreamt that I was putting in motion the static pictures of the crèche. With this film I tried to do the same with the memories of my cousins and relatives, with that house and with those rituals. It’s a fake documentary and a fake animation film, a semi-fiction about children that go to war, play music and take over. 

“This is the way you hold the racket to play a forehand. Just move your arm back, the left shoulder facing the ball, step forward with your left foot, hitting the ball.” 


A 20 year old young man asks some kids if he can play football with them. They think it’s weird and ask him how old is he. When he answers «I’m ten» he is laughed at. But he is going to find another group of kids who are different, just like him… (kalkitos is a trademark of a decalcomanias set sold in Portugal during the eighties).

Canticle of all Creatures 
Assis 2005: a troubadour walks the streets of St. Francis of Assisi hometown, singing and playing the Song of Brother Sun or Song of the Creatures, written by St. Francis back in the winter of 1224. Woods of Umbria, 1212: during one preaching to the birds, St. Francis suddenly faints. Reanimated by St. Clare, the saint looks strange and absent and he doesn’t remember anything. When the night falls, the animals in the forest sing and praise Francis. But this love sung by the animals leads to a feeling of possession, a desire of exclusivity usually known as jealousy. 

On January 21, 1975, in a village in the north of Portugal, a child writes to his parents who are in Angola to tell them how sad Portugal is. On July 13, 2011, in Milan, an old man remembers his first love. On May 6, 2012, in Paris, a man tells his baby daughter that he will never be a real father. During a wedding ceremony on September 3, 1977 in Leipzig, the bride battles against a Wagner opera that she can’t get out of her head. But where and when have these four poor devils begun searching for redemption?