Nadav Lapid is the director in focus at Curtas Vila do Conde

19 June 2018
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Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid is the director in focus at the 26th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival.

The director returns to Vila do Conde where he has already won admirers. In 2016, the short film "From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer" was honored with the International Competition Grand Prix, having passed that same year through the Cannes Film Critics Week. This somber and satirical portrait of a wedding photographer, who develops a fetishistic obsession with brides, is just one of the multiple films that builds up the retrospective to be presented at Curtas Vila do Conde.

Internationally recognized, the work of Nadav Lapid, both in the literature and later in the cinema, has developed especially around the Israeli national identity, that is to ask what it is to be Israelite these days. This aspect is particularly evident in some films, especially in his first feature film. "The Policeman" (2011) tells the story of an elite policeman who cultivates the uniformed beauty and the spirit of camaraderie but whose life changes the twists and turns. The eminence of paternity and a fortuitous encounter with a radical group lead this character to question about the war: politics but also interior. A dialectical approach between two worlds that earned the director numerous accolades in the internacional critic and a prize at the Locarno Festival.

In "The Kindergarten Teacher" (2014), a feature that has also received several awards, Lapid once again raised existential and moral issues through intimate portraits. In this case, it is a meeting between a childhood educator and a prodigal child with a special talent for poetry. In an ambiguous atmosphere, the moral of the film oscillates between the belief of salvation by art and the manipulation of a child.

The Israeli landscape is also a constant feature in Nadav Lapid's films, from the short film "Emile's Girlfriend" in 2006, which tell a cultural encounter between Delphine, a French girl , and Yo'av, the Israelite. In addition to these, other short films will also be screened by the director, in an integral retrospective.

Nadav Lapid will come to Vila do Conde to present her work, but also for a debate, taking place on July 21, at 3 pm, at Vila do Conde Municipal Theater, also integrated in the 3rd edition of the Film Criticism Workshop promoted by the festival.

The 26th Curtas Vila do Conde, which runs between July 14 and 22, has the support of the MEDIA / Creative Europe program, Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, the Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and several indispensable partners to the festival.

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