To celebrate the 20 th Curtas Vila do Conde - and beyond the comission of four short films - the first day of the festival presents three special events. At Teatro Municipal, it will open a photography exhibition (at 17h30) that explores the vast photographic archive of the last twenty years, showing many of the authors who were in Vila do Conde. It will also be presented a book ("Pure Cinema") published for the anniversary and that includes twenty interviews with authors of the festival, as well as written reflections about our history. Finally, it will be screened the documentary "Generations Shorts!" directed by José Vieira Mendes (18:30, Room Two).
The book "Pure Cinema" is a reflection on cinema, from twenty interviews with twenty-six authors who have gone through Vila do Conde. It is Intended to be, therefore, a document that discusses the changes and trends in contemporary cinema in its various mutations, calling into question the very definition of what cinema is. The result of this analysis also helps clarify the identity of Curtas Vila do Conde in the last two decades while film festival contaminated by other art forms. As a complement, there are personal reflections on the festival, from the film critic Augusto M. Seabra and the American filmmaker Mike Hoolboom; finally, there is a critical history of the festival.