"Eleven strangers are forced to share a confined space on a journey into the unknown. Under severe and uncertain circumstances they face their own prejudices and fears, but have to depend on each other in order to survive. The dynamics of the group creates a reflection of the world outside."
Euro Connection is the European Short Film Co-production Forum taking place each year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. This business platform aims at fostering partnerships between European production companies, funders and broadcasters for short film projects.
The next edition of Euro Connection will take place on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February 2016 during the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market.
Producers officially located in one of the associated countries must send their application by email to the national correspondent in their country no later than October 23, 2015.
After the premiere at Curtas Vila do Conde and the screening at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival, "Night Without Distance", by the Galician director Lois Patiño", will be presented in North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The short film is part of the "Wavelengths" section, an avant-garde showcase, which will also feature the three volumes of "The Arabian Nights" by Miguel Gomes.
The film will follow then to the Film Festival of New York, which takes place between September 25 and October 11.
Filmed on the border between Portugal and Galicia, "Night Without Distance" addresses the stories of the region, including the role that smuggling had on the development of both countries. The film, in negative, counted with the participation of some inhabitants of the region that also were smugglers in youth.
"Night Without Distance" is one of the films produced by Curtas Metragens CRL, the entity responsible for Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival.
After "Reconversion" by Thom Andersen, Curtas Vila do Conde, in partnership with FNAC, presents a second DVD that includes all the short films by Miguel Gomes. This edition, subtitled in english, spanish and portuguese, can be purchased for 4 euros at Loja das Curtas, located at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, and FNAC.
"Miguel Gomes: As Curtas-Metragens"
Parents and teachers are gone. Meanwhile, a girl and two boys became a love trio. Rui, Nuno and Rita cross three different spaces and time in a way to get alone. A rugby match, a swimming-pool party, the beach. An instable balance – the trio is too close to a triangle. Meanwhile it’s the time of spellbound. Rui loves Rita, Nuno or just the fun of it? Nuno loves Rita and depends on Rui? Rita is the passive leader of the game. Does she love anyone?
25th December in the middle eighties. The Family get together in the grandparents’house. When I was twelve I dreamt that I was putting in motion the static pictures of the crèche. With this film I tried to do the same with the memories of my cousins and relatives, with that house and with those rituals. It’s a fake documentary and a fake animation film, a semi-fiction about children that go to war, play music and take over.
“This is the way you hold the racket to play a forehand. Just move your arm back, the left shoulder facing the ball, step forward with your left foot, hitting the ball.”
A 20 year old young man asks some kids if he can play football with them. They think it’s weird and ask him how old is he. When he answers «I’m ten» he is laughed at. But he is going to find another group of kids who are different, just like him… (kalkitos is a trademark of a decalcomanias set sold in Portugal during the eighties).
Three productions of Curtas Metragens CRL, presented in world premiere in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, were selected for the prestigious Locarno Film Festival, which runs from 5 to 12 August.
"Night Without a Distance" by Lois Patiño, "The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal" by Manuel Mozos, and "Undisclosed Recipients" by Sandro Aguilar, will be presented in the non-competitive section Fuori Concorso.
The short film "Maria do Mar", by João Rosas, winner of the Portuguese Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde, will be in competition.
The four films are part of the catalog of works of Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency.