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From Godard to Beauvais, the lines of cinema stories are revisited again in Vila do Conde

8 September 2020
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Section inaugurated in the 2019 edition of Curtas, Cinema Revisitado brings back to the festival a set of special programs composed by rarities and scanned copies of works that mark the historical collections of cinema. For this 28th edition, new perspectives on Jean-Luc Godard's production, the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of "One Week", the greatest work of Buster Keaton, a carte blanche to the filmmaker Frank Beauvais and the premiere of the restored copy of "The Message", first feature film by José Fonseca e Costa. A special and familiar word for the programme of homage to Vicente Pinto Abreu, long-time collaborator of Curtas Vila do Conde who died earlier this year.

Not infrequently the stories and journeys of timeless artists are also made in the incursion into what we call minor disciplines. Commissioned works or early career projects can and should be seen as an integral part of a work that develops in a constant dialectic of life with art. Let us remember in this regard that one of the first professional tasks of the young Jean-Luc Godard, from 1956 to 1958, was that of press secretary at Fox, for which he created a precious set of promotional materials, press kits and videos which are today works in themselves. Mention should be made, for example, of the sparkling special issue of the Figaro-Pravda newspaper published for the launch of "Alphaville" (1965) or the legendary "Livret des Sous-titres" distributed in Cannes during the first exhibition of "Le Livre d'Image" (2018). In the same way, trailers, which live autonomously and become pieces of a creation story: that of "A Woman is a Woman" (1961), that of Two or three things I know about her (1967) or that of "Mouchette" (1967). Jean-Luc Godard: Pro-Motion - bandes- annonces - publicites - clip - films d'entreprise is the name of the special programme that Curtas Vila do Conde presents in October, curated by Nicole Brenez in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française, and where short films, trailers, videos, videoclips and other advertisements created and directed by the Franco-Swiss filmmaker will be integrated.

Frank Beauvais is one of the names that mark the almost three decades of Curtas, where he presented his works several times. In 2020, the vilacondense festival invites him to a White Card that proposes a dialogue with the exceptional times we live in. The programme is based on the restoration of his latest work, "Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurles", a film made in the context of isolation and which relates his personal history to the history of cinema.

To talk about the history of cinema is not only to talk about your films, the geniuses who draw you or the protagonists who eternalize your face, but also about your everyday people. People whose work, dedication and love for the seventh art allow it to be replicated, to spread as a novelty and to question itself as a challenge. Vicente Pinto Abreu was one of those people, long time programmer of the festival and coordinator of the jury team, part of what is today the identity of Curtas, both in the always attentive and assertive contribution to the selection of films, and in the generosity with which he forced us so many times to give the body to dance at the festival parties. In the year that the festival lost a friend, there was no other way to honour him than with an invitation to go to the theatre. The selection of the programme to honour Vicente was made by Daniel Ribas, Rita Barbosa and Miguel Dias and will compile films from different periods of cinema.

Completing the programme of Cinema Revisitado, the special session around one hundred years of "One Week", the first film directed by Buster Keaton, which will be accompanied by a talk by film critic João Lopes on how the film relates to various moments in the history of the 20th Century, and the release of the restored copy of "O Recado", by José Fonseca e Costa, in a partnership with the Portuguese Cinemateca.