“In The Fog ", the opening film of 20th Curtas Vila do Conde, is from today available on a DVD edition, edited by Alambique Filmes.
The short film, by Sergei Loznitsa, takes place in 1942 in the Western Border of the USSR. The region is under German occupation and the locals try to resist at all costs. Sushenya, an employee of the railways, is accused of treason and is carried by his comrades to the woods to be killed. But when they all fall into an ambush, the line between betrayal and heroism disappears and Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice.
Sergei Loznitsa has been a constant presence in Curtas Vila do Conde where he presented about a dozen films, including "The Miracle of Saint Anthony ", a Cutras Metragens CRL production filmed for the 20th birthday of the Festival.
The film, acclaimed by the critic, was in competition at Cannes Film Festival, where it received the FIPRESCI Award, and in the Odessa International Film Festival, which awarded the short film with The Best Film Award.
The short film "Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea", by Felipe Bragança and Helvécio Marins Jr. , was selected for the Berlinale, the International Film Festival of Berlin , held 6-16 February in Germany .
The film will be screened at the 9th edition of the Forum Expanded, a parallel section to the Festival which this year has the theme the question " What do we know when we know where something is? ". This section of the festival starts on February 5 and will present about 50 works from 20 countries around the world .
Nuno Rodrigues , co-director Curtas Vila do Conde and the producer of the film, will join the jury of the Festival , which awards a Golden and a Silver Bear, the DAAD Short Film Prize as well as the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.
"Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea" is a little Portuguese-Brazilian song. Fernando spends his time between a cafe in the neighbourhood and his small house in Porto. Coming from Brazil he receives a small present that makes him imagine paradise.
The story is inspired by one of the characters from the last job of Helvécio Marins , "The Song of the Nightingale", filmed in 2012 in the north of Portugal . "The character of Fernando drew attention because he almost didn’t spoke or interacted. He was always looking to the horizon ... We started to dream about the possibility of the man imagining other lives. At certain time, Fernando spoke of travel, and that he have been gone to other places and has finally come back to Portugal. That idea of this trip took us to this desire to develop a dialogue between what would be this imaginary Portugal and Brazil ", says Felipe Bragança .
The film, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project, involved a team of film students from Portugal and Brazil. The world premiere of the short film took place in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, in 2013.
At the end of another year of great films, two directors of Curtas Vila do Conde show their TOP + of 2013.
1 Les 3 desastres, Jean-Luc Godard
2 Shadow Of a Cloud, Radu Jude
3 Mille Soleils, Mati Diop
4 Gambozinos, João Nicolau
5 Buenos dias resistencia, Adrian Orr
6 Mahjong, JP Rodrigues / JR Guerra da Mata
7 Redemption, Miguel Gomes
8 Tokyo Giants, Nicolas Provost
9 The Mass Of Men, Gabriel Gauchet
10 Subconscious Password, Chris Landreth
1 Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
2 Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach
3 Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine
4 Antes da Meia Noite, Richard Linklater
5 China - Um Toque de Pecado, Jia Zhangkhe
6 A Vida de Adéle Capítulos 1 e 2, Abdellatif Kechiche
7 Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
8 Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
9 Argo, Ben Affleck
10 Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel & Ethan Coen
1. Cut, Christoph Girardet/ Matthias Mueller
2. Shawdow of a cloud, Radu Jude
3. Tokyo Giants, Nicolas Provost
4. Redemption, Miguel Gomes
5. Toxic camera, Jane Wilson/Louise Wilson
6. Gambozinos, João Nicolau
7. O lamento da vida jovem (Centro Histórico), Pedro Costa
8. Montaña en sombra, Lois Patino
9. Buenos dias resistencia, Adrian Orr
10. Mahjong, João Pedro Rodrigues/João Rui Guerra da Mata
1. Django Libertado, Quentin Tarantino
2. Stemple pass, James Benning
3. E agora lembra-me, Joaquim Pinto
4. Shirley- Visions of reality, Gustav Deutsch
5. A última vez que vi Macau, João Pedro Rodrigues/João Rui Guerra da Mata
6. Museum hours, Jem Cohen
7. Stray Dogs, Tsai Ming Liang
8. Bling ring , o gang de Hollywood, Sofia Coppola
9. Terra de ninguém, Salomé Lamas
10. Stop the pounding heart, Roberto Minervini
The film "The Mother and the Sea", by Gonçalo Tocha, was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival to be held from January 22 to February 2 in the Netherlands. The documentary will be shown in My Own Private Europe section, which aims to rediscover the identity of Europe through the personal view of several European filmmakers.
The film was also chosen to open the 13th edition of the Festival of Documentaries of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which will happen between 14 and 28 February in New York. The Portuguese documentary will be shown on the first day of the festival which this year will feature 30 international films.
The documentary, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project with the participation of a team of cinema students from Porto, describes the day-to-day of “fisherwomen” in the beach of Vila Chã, in Vila do Conde.
"Room On The Broom", by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, winner of the prize Mar Shopping of Curtinhas competition in the last edition of the Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has just been announced as one of five nominees for the Oscars in the category of best Short Film Animated.
The British animated film tells the story of a witch and her cat that were "happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand”.
The Curtinhas competition prize, supported by Mar Shopping, was awarded the "Room On The Broom" by a jury composed exclusively of children who, together, decided the best film in the competition. In the awards ceremony, the jury gave the trophy to the filmmaker Jan Lachauer, present at the Festival.
Max Lang that also directed "Room On The Broom", is not unknown to Curtas Vila do Conde once he has presented the animated short film "The Gruffalo", in the 2010 edition’s competition of the Festival.
Curtinhas is the kids’ dedicated permanent section of the Festival, that with a program designed specifically for children includes, in addition to the competition, a children's play area and several workshops, approaching the young generation to the cinematic universe. The mini-festival occurs because of Animar, an educational program, whose next edition returns from February 15 to June 1, 2014.
"Abismo", by Leonor Noivo, was the selected project to represent Portugal at Euro Connection 2014 on 4 and 5 February 2014, in Clermont - Ferrand (France). As usual, the Portuguese projects were evaluated by the festivals representing Portugal in Euro Connection: Curtas Vila do Conde and IndieLisboa.
The Euro Connection is a forum for co - production of short-films, which takes place every year during the Short Film Market of Clermont- Ferrand. This forum promotes presentations and meetings between producers, financing institutions and television channels for co-productions of short-films between European countries. The organization, in association with MEDIA Desk France and the CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), receives the support of the MEDIA program and PROCIREP.
In this 6th edition of Euro Connection, the meetings between professionals will take place on 5th of February, representing an important opportunity for producers and directors seeking support for their projects.
The short-films by Leonor Novo have been presented in different editions of Curtas Vila do Conde. The last work of the director, "A Cidade e o Sol" was awarded with a honorable mention at the festival's Portuguese competition in 2012.