The Romanian Radu Jude won the Silver Bear for Best Director of the 65th Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival with the film "Aferim." The filmmaker was in the International Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde in 2008 with the short-film "Alexandra" and, last year, with "It Can Pass Through The Wall".
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Two short films, presented in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, are in the list of nominees to the prestigious Academy Awards.
"The Dam Keeper" by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, winner of an Honorable Mention at Curtinhas competition, is nominated for Best Short Film Animation and "La Lampe au Beurre de Yak (Butter Lamp)" by Wei Hu, screened in Vila do Conde in the "Short Matters" program, is in the running for Best Short Film!
The winners will be announced at the official ceremony on 22 February.
Once again, the winner of Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards is one of the nominees for the awards that will be revealed on December 13th in Berlin.This year's award was for "Panique au Village: La Bûche de Noël” by Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier.
After his presence in the past editions of Curtas Vila do Conde — International Film Festival, the Galician director Lois Patiño presents his first exhibition in Portugal. "A Double Immobility" opens on December 13th, by 6 pm, at Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, in Vila do Conde, Porto. Under the scope of the Cave project, dedicated to the promotion of emerging authors, Patiño invited the Spanish artist Carla Andrade to exhibit her work at Solar during the same period.
"A Double immobility" presents a series of video installations filmed in different locations - Iceland, Morocco, France and Galicia - including an original work created especially for this exhibition.
Exploring the concept of landscape, the work of Lois Patiño establishes a dialogue between body and space, space and time, movement and stillness, leading the viewer to observe the images through a new perspective and to reflect on their situation as a human being in a certain period of time. For this, the gallery is transformed into a space that allows a landscape experience from a contemplative and sensory vision.
In addition to the landscape, video installations related to body experience as something ghostly will also be presented. In the images, totally immobile individuals are presented contrasting with the natural elements that are moving: the water of the river, the tree branches and the light. Lois Patiño therefore follows the concept of the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, establishing a difference between "horizontal time", which is the time of nature, wind and water, and the "vertical time", the poetic image, inner time experienced by consciousness.
Under the scope of the Cave project, dedicated to promoting the work of emerging authors, Patiño invited the Spanish artist Carla Andrade to exhibit her work at Solar during the same period. In "The Overflowing" we immerse ourselves in a symbolic trip through a subjective nature, which is experienced directly, without analysing it. Working mainly in photography, Carla Andrade has a powerful and poetic work in video and 8mm. The artist also collaborated in "Costa da Morte", the award-winning documentary directed by Lois Patiño. The feature film had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, where Lois Patiño received the award for Best Emerging Director. Subsequently, "Costa da Morte" has been presented on many and prestigious international film festivals and was awarded in South Korea, Mexico, Italy, Chile and Spain.
Lois Patiño was born in Vigo (Spain) in 1983. He combined his Psychology studies in the Complutense University of Madrid with cinema studies at TAI School. He followed his cinema education at NYFA, in New York and with the Master in Documentary Film at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He has developed courses of videocreation in the UdK of Berlin, and in different ateliers with artist and filmmakers such as Joan Jonas, Donald Kuspit, Pedro Costa, Víctor, Erice, José Luis Guerín or Daniel Canogar. His videos and videoinstalations have been shown in art centres such as Centro Cultura San Martín (Buenos Aires), Casa Encendida (Madrid), CCCB (Barcelona), MARCO (Vigo), Fundación Luis Seoane (A Coruña). His films have been screened in international film festivals such as Locarno, Rotterdam, San Francisco FF, Ann Arbour, Cinema du Rèel, Rome IFF, Viennale, Jhilava, Curtas Vila do Conde, Media City, Punto de Vista, Rencontres Internationales París/ Berlín/ Madrid (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), and also at Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), among many other presentations.
After it's successful debut in 2013, the Short Film Day is back to Portugal on December 21st with several screenings around the country.
This year, the event starts on December 9th with many screenings in schools sessions culminating on the 21st of the same month, the shortest day of the year in mid-winter solstice. This astronomical phenomenon inspired the idea to promote short films encouraging public meetings in different places.
Whether online, on television, in cinemas, libraries, cultural centers, film societies or in different audience and community spaces presenting short films during this short but intense day will give the public the opportunity to discover a large number of filmmakers and their works.
During the day of December 21st cities across the country will present a selection of short films with national and international productions for adults and children. Like last year, the event will start in a few special places at midnight with parties, music and films non-stop.
The Short Film Day was born in France in 2011 and every year it's celebrated at the same time in over 40 countries worldwide. In Portugal, the initiative will, once again, be developed by the Short Film Agency in cooperation with several of its European partners, including Short Film Circuit.
About the Portuguese Short Film Agency…
The Portuguese Short Film Agency was created in January 1999 by the same team of Curtas Vila do Conde — International Film Festival, in association with ICAM — Portuguese Film Institute.
The Agency deals with a catalogue of more than 140 audiovisual works, including animation, documentary, fiction, experimental film or other, and all formats, providing that their duration would be less than 60 minutes, that is, on condition that it would be a short film.
Our activity consists in the promotion and diffusion of these works through the main film events, festivals and short film markets, as well as all the potential exhibitors (distributors, television or any other diffusion channels) at worldwide level.
"Reconversion" by Thom Andersen is now available on DVD in our online store and Portuguese FNAC’s. This edition which marks the beginning of the partnership between Curtas Vila do Conde and FNAC is on sale for 4 euros and includes as extras the short film "Vulgar Fractions" by Peter Bo Rappmund and 20 movie frames. Subtitles: English / Español / Português.
“Reconversion” portrays 17 buildings and projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied usually by his own writings. It is a search for his architecture, without critical commentary.
Only the tour guide at Braga Stadium offers generalizations, which fit that work well enough, but it may be the exception, not the rule. Souto Moura has the last word: “If there is nothing there, I invent a preexistence.”
Technically, “Reconversão” combines the crudeness of proto-cinema with the hyperrealism of digital cinema, bringing us back to the ideals of Dziga Vertov. Shooting only one or two frames per second and animating the images, in the manner of Muybridge, produces greater resolution, although not necessarily a greater sense of reality, and brings attention to the movements of water and vegetation that generally pass unnoticed.
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