July 14: Highlights of the Day

14 July 2018
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Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival starts this Saturday, July 14, with several highlights.

The day begins with the opening of Curtinhas - minifestival section within the festival - and the screening of the film "The Incredibles 2: The Super Heroes", at 3 p.m., at Vila do Conde Municipal Theater.


At 4:00 p.m., the New Spain exhibition opens at the Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática, hosting works by seven emerging Spanish artists: Carla Andrade, Inés García, Laida Lertxundi, Lois Patiño, Natalia Marín and Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón. The exhibition is commissioned by José Manuel Lopéz and Nuno Rodrigues.


The screening of "Diamantino" by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt will mark the official opening session of the 26th Curtas Vila do Conde at 18:00, also at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde.


At 11:00 pm, the psychedelic rock trio Black Bombaim joins the percussionist João Pais Filipe in an unprecedented composition for "Dragonflies with Birds and Snake", directed by Wolfgang Lehmann.

 


New Spain brings together works by seven Spanish artists

3 July 2018
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New Spain brings together seven emerging Spanish artists in an exhibition that opens on July 14, at the Solar Gallery of Cinematic Art, and marks the first day of the 26th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival.

The exhibition, curated by the Galician curator José Manuel Lopez (current collaborator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, MARCO, Vigo and the Galician Center for Contemporary Art, CGAC, Santiago) and Nuno Rodrigues, co-director of the festival, aims to explore notions of landscape and intimacy through different media. The artists Carla Andrade, Inés García, Laida Lertxundi, Lois Patiño, Natalia Marín, Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón will present site-specific installations, combining various media such as film, video and photography, defying the boundaries between cinema and the fine arts. The opening will take place at 4:00 p.m., on July 14, at Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática, in Vila do Conde.

Two of the works exhibited in New Spain will be absolutely novelty. "No Hay Tierra Más Allá", by Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, questions - both through device and content - the perspective of Spanish official history regarding the expansionist policy of the colonial era. Carla Andrade will present a new installation from her film “El paisaje está vacío y el vacío es paisaje", summoning the lessons of the occult and the Andean philosophy around the aesthetic experience.

This New Spain expresses the renewed gaze of this group of artists, almost all born in the 80's and working outside the country of origin. Thus the idea of ​​deterritorialization appears through the whole exhibition: on the one hand, the tragicomic allusion of the title to the time of the Spanish discoveries in South America and its respective failure of the empire, in articulation with the foreign condition of the group of artists; on the other, the intersection between the conventional device territories of the cinema and those of the gallery context.

Lois Patiño is one of the most well-known Spanish filmmakers. It explores, through video, the scales of nature and the question of temporality in moving images. In photography, Carla Andrade also works with natural landscapes, but essentially through the notion of emptiness, not as an absence, but as a producer of meaning. On the other hand, Laida Lertxundi records the daily but fragmented life of Los Angeles, filming the landscape of the city, but also the people who live there, peering into this relationship between affection and geography. With a degree in fine arts, Inés García combines his previous experience with cinema, resulting in fixed sequences filmed in urban settings, where the movement within the picture appears as a performance. Director, Natalia Marín combines an experimental aesthetic with an ethnographic approach in an essentially documentary work. A bit like the duo Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, who works on non-fiction films and videos, intersecting the seemingly opposite worlds of myth and matter.

The New Spain exhibition project also includes special sessions, a guided tour, a debate and an expanded film performance, in a parallel program integrated in the Curtas Vila do Conde festival, which will take place between July 14 and 22 at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde. One of the special sessions will be entirely dedicated to the work of Laida Lertxundi, with the projection of six films by the curator in a curacy of Maria Palácios Cruz, deputy director of Lux Films.

Other two, programmed by Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria (programmer of the Locarno Festival) under the title "Muchos Símbolos Y Ningún Significado", bring together a set of very special films and out of place. From musical videos to trailers, from documentary to experimental, Amatria's irreverent choices escape the hegemonic discourses of industrial production. Through the use of humor, science fiction and a playful approach to audiovisual tools, the young Spanish filmmakers take refuge from the deception of the state of things by creating new forms of expression keeping away from the classical schemes.

María Palacios Cruz and Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria will be present at a joint debate with the curators, José Manuel Lopez and Nuno Rodrigues, and with some of the artists, to take place on July 20 at the Vila do Conde Municipal Theater. The New Spain parallel program will end on July 21 with an expanded film performance titled "Even Silence is Cause of Storm," by Adriana Vila and Luis Macías, who explores the manipulation of 16mm film live for the creation of a new sensory space.

Organized by the Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática in Curtas Vila do Conde partnership, the New Spain exhibition - open from Monday to Saturday until September and all days during the festival - is supported by AC/E - Acción Cultural Espanola, Portuguese Republic - Culture, DGArtes, Vila do Conde Municipality.

The co-curator of the New Spain project José Manuel Lopez Fernández and the other fourteen Spanish artists, journalists and programmers (Albert Alcoz, María Palacios, Lois Patiño, Isabel Lara Ruiz, Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria, Carla Andrade, Alberto Ramos Ruiz, Helena Giron Vázquez, Laida Lertxundi, Inés García, Javier Hernández Estrada, Samuel M. Delgado, Susana Blas and Bea Espejo) will attend Curtas Vila do Conde thanks to the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) in the Mobility modality.

26th Curtas Vila do Conde: Full Programme

26 June 2018
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The organization of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival this morning announced the complete program for the 26th edition, to be held between July 14 and 22, 2018. The awaited selection of the National Competition includes the latest films by renowned filmmakers Ivo M. Ferreira, João Viana or Rodrigo Areias, but also newcomers like David Pinheiro Vicente or Ana Moreira. In total, the festival features 90 movie sessions and more than 200 films from more than 40 countries.

The National Competition is once again the center of Curtas Vila do Conde, bringing the best of Portuguese cinema produced in 2017 and 2018 in the short film, with films signed by internationally recognized filmmakers and young promises that have been made. in the field of filmmaking. The official selection includes, in total, 17 films: "3 Years Later", by Marco Amaral; "À Tona" by Filipe Abranches; "Agouro", by David Doutel and Vasco Sá; "Água Forte", by Mónica Baptista; "Anteu", by João Vladimiro; "Aquaparque", by Ana Moreira; "Declive", by Eduardo Brito; "Entre Sombras" by Alice Eça Guimarães and Mónica Santos; "Equinox", by Ivo M. Ferreira; "Madness", by João Viana; "Fog" by Daniel Veloso; "Where the Summer Goes (Chapters on Youth)", by David Pinheiro Vicente, "Pas de Confettis" by Bruno Ferreira, "Cold Pixel" by Rodrigo Areias, "Placenta" by Paulo Lima, "Sara F." of Miguel Fonseca and "Sheila", of Gonçalo Loureiro.


The International Competition is the window of the Curtas Vila do Conde to the world, in a heterogeneous selection at all levels: formal, thematic and of cinematographic genre. Thirty-one short films, including the latest works by award-winning filmmakers both at the festival and internationally, such as Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, Bertrand Mandico, Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado and João Paulo Miranda Maria. In a more daring and attentive program, the Experimental Competition brings together 17 films featuring Matthias Müller, Morgan Fisher, Manuel Knapp and Makino Takashi. The Music Video Competition, part of the Stereo section dedicated to celebrating the relationship between music and film, presents a session of the best of its kind on a national level. Finally, the Take One! Competition, this year extended to six other European countries, besides Portugal, is dedicated to the discovery of what is best done in film schools. 


Mini-festival within the festival, Curtinhas also presents a competitive section, divided into three age groups (M/3, M/ 6 and M/10), as well as various workshops and other didactic activities dedicated to children. The film "The Incredibles 2: The Superheroes" opens the section on the first day of the festival, on July 14, in a session for the whole family. 


Parallel to the festival, the Solar Gallery of Cinematic Art presents the exhibition New Spain, curated by José Manuel López, Spanish curator, and Nuno Rodrigues, co-director of the festival and coordinator of the gallery, which opens on the first day of the festival. Seven Spanish artists / filmmakers - Carla Andrade, Inés García, Laida Lertxundi, Lois Patiño, Natalia Marín and Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado - will present site-specific installations, combining various media such as film, video, photography and sound , and defying the boundaries between cinema and the visual arts. The exhibition also includes three film sessions, included in the festival, one curated by Maria Palácios Cruz and two others programmed by Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria (Locarno Festival). 


The festival also features a special session entitled Produções Curtas that includes the films "Rio Entre As Montanhas" by José Magro, produced under the 72 Hour Film Project, Hancheng Jinzhen festival; "Circo do Amor" by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos, a film produced with the support of ICA - Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual for fiction short films, and "Náufragos" by Pedro Neves, produced in the framework of the Animar 13 workshops, and the last two were shot at Vila do Conde. 


"Diamantino" by Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes, recently awarded in Cannes, marks the start of Curtas and the section From Shorts to Features, which also includes the films "Le Monde est à toi" by Romain Gavras, "The Green Fog" by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, and" Un couteau dans le coeur "by Yann Gonzalez. Invited by Curtas, the French director will also present a carte blanche titled Midnight Madness Avant-Garde that promises to be the most exciting and frightening session of this festival, with a set of cutting-edge cinema works, mostly in 16mm film. 


In 2018, Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival received more than 3000 entries, including about 2,300 for the International Competition and more than a hundred for the National Competition. A very careful selection work led to the sets of films that give shape to the different sections of the competition, showing the best that took place in the short film between 2017 and 2018, all over the world.


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.

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.

"Diamantino" kick starts Curtas

11 June 2018
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New feature film by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, "Diamantino", opens the 26th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, on July 14. Integrated in the section From Short to Long, this exhibition marks the national debut of the film that won the Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival.

Praised by international critics, "Diamantino" tells the story of a world football star who fails at the end of his career confronting the evil eye of public opinion. In a delusional portrait that crosses the genres of comedy, drama and science fiction, Diamantino ends up getting involved in political issues, from the fight against neofascism to the refugee crisis, culminating in an existential crisis about the origin of the genius.

The Portuguese director, who is already a regular presence at the festival, received the prize for best performance for the short film "Os Humores Artificiais" last year, also integrating the collective exhibition Terra, in the Solar Gallery of Cinematic Art, with " Hunchback ", a film choreographed with Ben Rivers. Curtas Vila do Conde has been following the work of Gabriel Abrantes since 2009, showing several of his short films: "Too Many Daddies, Mommies and Babies" (2009), "Baby Back Costa Rica" (2011), "Fratelli" 2011), "Zwazo" (2012), "Taprobana" (2014) and "A Brief History of Princess X" (2016).

The section From Short to Long also features the latest Yann Gonzalez film, "Un couteau dans le coeur" (2018), also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Against the background of the pornographic industry of the late 70's in Paris, the feature film tells the story of Anne (Vanessa Paradis), producer of porn movies of series B. In an unmistakable style that has been maturing since the beginning of career, the French director combines the drama of a failed love affair and serial murder, halfway between the erotic and the police.

The festival also features a carte blanche by Yann Gonzalez, a very crazy midnight session, composed of avant-garde films and some rarities, presented by himself. "Depressive Cop" (2016), by Bertrand Mandico; "Tout ce dont je me souviens" (1969), by Christian Boltanski; "The Cat Lady" (1969) by Tom Chomont; "Dellamorte Dellamorte Dellamore" (2000), by David Matarasso; "Jungle Island" (1967) by Jack Smith; are some of the filmmaker's choices.

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.

Stereo: films and live Portuguese music at 26th Curtas Vila do Conde

8 June 2018
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The national music will be highlighted in the 26th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, taking place between 14 and 22 July. Moor Mother and Jonathan Uliel Saldanha (HHY) join the directors André Tentugal and Vasco Mendes in an exclusive project. Linda Martini, B Facade, Joana Gama and Luís Fernandes and Black Bombaim with João Pais Filipe complete the program.

Ex-libris of the festival, the Stereo program, combines the best of two worlds: music and cinema, through concerts, concerts with live video and a competition of music videos.

On July 19, the American artist, songwriter and activist Moor Mother takes the stage with Jonathan Uliel Saldanha (HHY & The Macumbas) to present an unprecedented spectacle, resulting from an artistic residence in Vila do Conde. The directors André Tentugal and Vasco Mendes will create the visual component of the concert, combining the work of the participants in the MAD Summer School film workshop, which will also take place in July.

Stereo starts on the first day of the festival on July 14. Black Bombaim, a Portuguese psychadelic rock trio, will open the section with a collaboration with the artist and performer João Pais Filipe for "Dragonflies with Birds and Snake" by the German director Wolfgang Lehmann, whose works were often present at the experimental competition of Curtas. Released in 2011, the film uses zoological and educational images to create a sensory and macro-photographic approach to insects' world. The experimental aspect of the feature film will go alongside with live music improvisation, on a composite and rehearsed basis, which is already a characteristic of the band.

Between classical and electronic, erudite and pop music, Joana Gama and Luís Fernandes come to Vila do Conde on July 18 to present their new album "At The Still Point of The Turning World." The titles of the album and of the six compositions are taken from a poem by T.S. Elliot, about the passage of time, which served as a source of inspiration. The concert at Curtas Vila do Conde will also count on the participation of 14 musicians from an ensemble and with visuals by Miguel C. Tavares, responsible for the first videoclip of the band and the unprecedented performance of live video.

Appealing the musical experimentation, the films of Buster Keaton come back once again as a source of creation in the festival. This time B Fachada will be the responsible for the creation of an original musical  and interpretation for the work of the American actor and actor, in this case, "The Cameraman", co-realized by Edward Sedgwick. The show will be presented on July 20 and will combine the harmonies of the Portuguese singer - songwriter, also composer musician with great at ease in electronic, and the adventures - comic and satirical, as usual - of an inexperienced photographer, interpreted by Keaton himself.

Linda Martini, one of the most popular bands in the recent national panorama, will close the program Stereo on July 21. The band, which intersects various influences from rock to pop and responsible for hits like "Amor Combate", will have the challenge of composing for "La Coquille et le Clergyman", a surrealist French avant-garde film of the twenties, directed by Germaine Dulac. With a script written by the unmistakable Antonin Artaud, the film portraits the erotic hallucinations of a priest and the respective sexual desire by the wife of a general.

Tickets for these shows cost between 7 and 10 € and are on sale at Vila do Conde Municipal Theater and Bilheteira Online. Free-Pass festival holders have free access to all concerts. This general pass, for sale from 40 euros exclusively on the site of Curtas Vila do Conde, also guarantees access to all the film sessions and other events of the festival.

The Music Videos Competition will once again present a selection of the best Portuguese music videos, innovators in the art of combining music and cinema. Always seeking to follow the evolution of genres and the way of making films, this competition, dedicated in recent years exclusively to national production, has exhibited works by some of the most outstanding artists in the area, among them Paulo Furtado, Rodrigo Areias, João Nicolau, André Tentugal and Vasco Mendes among others.

The 26th Curtas Vila do Conde, which will be held from July 14 to 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.


Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde:

BLACK BOMBAIM + JOÃO PAIS FILIPE
14 JUL, 23:00
Tickets: 7 euros
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JOANA GAMA + LUÍS FERNANDES
18 JUL, 23:00
Tickets: 7 euros
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MOOR MOTHER + JONATHAN ULIEL SALDANHA
19 JUL, 23:00
Tickets: 7 euros
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B FACHADA
20 JUL, 23:00
Tickets: 10 euros
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LINDA MARTINI
21 JUL, 23:00
Tickets: 10 euros
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* Free-Pass Curtas Vila do Conde allows free access to all the concerts, to lift in the same day and in the limit of the available places

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