Saturday is a day of awards! But also the Festival continues to screen short and feature films. In addition to the competitions, return the sections Curtinhas and From Shorts to Features which screen the latest film by Basil da Cunha.
At 21:00, happens the awards ceremony where all filmmakers seek recognition of their work. Soon after, the Official Closing session shows "Até Ver a Luz", by Basil da Cunha, an author twice awarded the Portuguese Competition and here shows his first feature film. A film to discover, once again shot in the suburbs of Lisbon.
The kids again have sessions just for them in Curtas: 11:00 (Room 2) for M6 and 15:30 (Room 1) for M3. Today is also the last day of the Meetings with Directors, at 16:30 in the Curtas Lounge (with Jorge Quintela, Carlos Conceição, Telmo Churro and Carlos Amaral).
At the end of the night, are screened two sessions with winning films (21:45 and 23:30, Room 2, 00:00, Room 1).
At the entrance of the last weekend of the Festival, Curtas Vila do Conde maintains several focus of interest. In addition to the competition – the day keeps the strong pace of Thursday - the section From Shorts to Features returns to show a film by Yann Gonzalez in national prmiere. Also at the afternoon, is presented a performance by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder. The highlight of the day goes to the masterpiece of Bill Morrison, "Decasia"!
The author of In Focus in the 2013 edition is Bill Morrison. After two days showing short works, this Friday presents one of his feature films: "Decasia" (21:45, Room 2), considered his magnum opus: a work of rigorous montage through the use of found footage. Another feature film of the day is "Les rencontres d'après minuit" by Yann Gonzalez (00:00, Room 1). The filmmaker is a constant presence at the festival and now presents his first feature film (one of the curiosities is the presence of Eric Cantona as an actor).
In competitions, highlights to some authors as Sergei Loznitsa, Bill Morrison, Jorge Quintela or Ico Costa. It's a great day to find amazing short films. In the early afternoon, we present a performance by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, using 35 mm projection to create a visual happening (17:00, Room 2). Also in the afternoon there is again the Meetings with Directors, at 16:00 in the Curtas Lounge (with João Viana, João Pedro Rodrigues, Pedro Bastos and João Nicolau). And in the morning, at 11:00 (Room 2), the Switzerland is the country's panorama.
The sixth day of Curtas Vila do Conde consists of several competitive sessions. In addition, at night, the classic cinema of John Ford is presented with a live soundtrack by Zelig. The day also features another Bill Morrison In Focus session.
The competition has red hot sessions with the International Competition (17:00, Room 1, 22:30, Room 1) Experimental (18:30, Room 2) and Portuguese (21:00, Room 1). These sessions screen several returning authors (and even some already awarded): Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller, João Viana, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Nicolau, Chris Landreth and Siegfried Fruhauf.
In the evening a newly restored classic by John Ford, "Bucking Broadway" (1917), is set to live music by Zelig (band consists of former elements of Ornatos Violeta and Pluto). It is an excellent opportunity to see a silent western (00:00, Room 1)! Bill Morrison, author of In Focus, will present a masterclass, showing two short films (15:00, Room 2).
Even today, Poland presents films in the European Panorama (11:00, Room 2) and the Meetings with Directors also continue, at 16:00 in the Curtas Lounge (with André Guiomar, Pedro Caeiro, David Bonneville and André Marques).
Wednesday marks the middle of the week and the Festival is in great activity. During this day begins the Experimental Competition and the In Focus retrospective, in addition to the continuation of the Portugues and International Competitions. The Stereo presents a film-concert by musician Alex Puddu for Danish porn films. The Meetings with Directors are still taking place and it is promoted the first masterclass (with Georges Schwizgebel).
American filmmaker Bill Morrison is the author of In Focus at Curtas 2013. On this first day, it will be screened a session with a retrospective of short films (21:45, Room 2). Also in the context of experimental cinema, is screened the first competitive session (18:30, Room 2). Also at night, it happens the third film-concert of the Festival (00:00, Room 2), with the projection of Danish porn movies of the 70's and music by Alex Puddu.
Still in the evening sessions, continue the screenings of the International Competition (22:30 and 17:00, Room 1) - with films by Nicolas Provost and Dominique Gonzalez Foerster - and the Portuguese Competition (21:00, Room 1), with a set of new Portuguese authors. Today is also the second Meetings with Directors (with Paul d'Alva, Sérgio Ribeiro, Filipa César, Tiago Rosa-Rosso and Ivo M. Ferreira).
Also during the day, at 15:00 (Room 2), animation filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel guides a masterclass entitled "How Do Make Animated Films" and in the morning (11:00 am, Room 2) is time from Slovakia at the European Panorama.
On this Tuesday, the festival is filled with competitive sessions: international, Portuguese and Take One! are screened during the day. But the highlight belongs to the film-concert with two films by Paulo Abreu: first with Vítor Rua and then with the duo Rita Redshoes and The Legendary Tigerman (who thus return to Curtas!). Also on Tuesday, begins the Meetings With Directos.
The film-concert is the center of the Festival night (00:00, Room 1). Paulo Abreu directed two silent films in 2012, for which were composed original soundtracks. This is the sound that is now presented live, first with Vítor Rua and immediately afterwards with Rita Redshoes and The Legendary Tigerman. Both have provided memorable evenings and the least expected is a great concert!
However, the night of Tuesday presents the premiere of the Portuguese Competition (21:00, Room 1), with films by Paul D'Alva, Sérgio Ribeiro, Filipa César and Ivo M. Ferreira. The history of last year Portuguese cinema begins to be written. Soon after, the International Competition (22:30, Room 1) continues with the second session of films (among which are the new short-films by Betrand Mandico and Yann Gonzalez, both already winners in previous editions).
During the morning and afternoon, continues the European Panorama (dedicated to Romania, 11:00, Room Two) and the second and final session of the Take One! Competition (18:30, Room Two). At 16:00, the Curtas Lounge receives Gonçalo Tocha, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Felipe Bragança and André Tentúgal to talk about the experience of Estaleiro films.
The book "Pure Cinema: Curtas Vila do Conde 20 Years After" is for sale at the Festival Store with a special discount of 25%, costing 15 Euros during the 21st Curtas Vila do Conde. The book was published to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Festival and includes over two dozen interviews and conversations with authors who have been at Vila do Conde.
This book celebrates the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, through a reflection on cinema, from twenty interviews and talks with twenty-six authors who have been in the festival. It intends 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 to clarify the identity of Curtas Vila do Conde in the last two decades while film festival contaminated by other art forms. The book is complemented by personal reflections on the festival by film critic Augusto M. Seabra and by American filmmaker Mike Hoolboom; finally, there is a critical history of the festival.
Interviews included: Manoel de Oliveira, Alexander Sokurov, Luc Moullet, Kenneth Anger, Ken Jacobs, Peter Tscherkassky, Gus Van Sant, Jon Jost, Mikhäil Kobakhidzé, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thom Andersen, Matthias Müller & Christoph Girardet, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Canijo, Sergei Loznitsa, Corneliu Porumboiu, José Miguel Ribeiro, Paulo Furtado, Helvécio Marins Jr., Yann Gonzalez, Louis Garrel, Bertrand Mandico & Elina Löwensohn, Basil da Cunha.