Farewell, Master!

9 April 2015
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We considered him immortal. A filmmaker has died with 106 years old and with a work that spans almost the entire history of the twentieth century. A filmmaker with an oeuvre extended along 80 years, between “Labor on the Douro River” (1929-1931), his first film, and “The Old Man of Belém” (2014), his closing work. Manoel de Oliveira has died! The great Portuguese filmmaker is one of the most respected directors in cinema’s history and also a dear friend of Curtas Vila do Conde.

At the Festival, Manoel de Oliveira was a constant presence over the years. He patronized the event since its first edition and was precisely with his films that the 1st Curtas Vila do Conde began in 1993, devoting a special retrospective. There were screened: "Labor on the Douro River" (1931), "Famalicão" (1940), "The Artist and the City" (1956), "O Pão" (1959), "As Pinturas do meu Irmão Júlio" (1965) and "A Caça" (1963). The Documentary Award, which is given annually, has his name.


He was often in the festival to present his films. Several of these visits he had direct contact with the audience through conversations or debates. Manoel de Oliveira enjoyed very much talking to the public to share his love for cinema. For example, in 1995, by the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Portuguese cinema, during the 3rd Curtas Vila do Conde, he participated in a debate about contemporary cinema in a panel also composed by Gus Van Sant, Mikhail Kobakhidze and Jon Jost.


And Oliveira was also very curious, observant to what was going on in the new cinema. For him, the Festival was also a place for the discovery of authors. It was with this cinephile curiosity that Manoel de Oliveira came to Curtas Vila do Conde in 1997 – in a retrospective dedicated to Alexander Sokurov –, with a voracious desire to know the work of the Russian author. As part of this special program, the two filmmakers had a long conversation about film, art and religion, which was recorded on video.


It is this conversation - later published in the book Pure Cinema: Curtas Vila do Conde 20 Years After – that we make available in a PDF file (version in Portuguese and English): http://curtas.pt/eflyers/ConversaOliveiraSokurov.pdf


Presenting films, discussing them with the audience, seeing with curiosity everything new that appeared in contemporary cinema, Oliveira was a frequent spectator, often accompanied by his dear friend Father Prof. João Marques, another beloved figure of Curtas Vila do Conde and who died also three weeks ago. Another curiosity the is that it was indeed with "The Divine Comedy", that was held the first screening of the Vila do Conde Cinema Club in a newly opened Auditório Municipal, still and always with Oliveira physical presence.


There are many other stories, submerged by time, but Manoel de Oliveira will always be with us as living memory of cinema and as a symbol of a great artistic freedom. This freedom will always be primary objective of the Festival.


Farewell, master. We will continue to see your films.

Curtas Vila do Conde: Last Call For Entries

7 April 2015
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Submissions for the International, Experimental and Curtinhas competition at the 23rd Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, are reaching the deadline: 10th April 2015.

Taking place from 4 to 12 of July 2015, the festival accepts new short films produced in 2014 or 2015; within the duration limit of 60 minutes (unless noted exceptions) ; film (35 or 16 mm) or video.

You can submit your new films in the following competitions:

International (fiction, documentary and animation);
Portuguese (Portuguese films of fiction, documentary and animation);
Experimental (films that defy narrative and technical conventions);
Music Videos (music videos from portuguese artists/producers);
Curtinhas (films for kids until 30 minutes);
Take One (productions until 30 minutes by Portuguese film students).

Please check the complete regulations before applying.
Online submission at: http://curtas.pt/festival_submissions

Radu Jude wins silver bear at Berlinale

16 February 2015
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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".

Photo: Richard Hübne

Óscars 2015 - The Nominees

20 January 2015
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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.

European Film Awards

5 December 2014
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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.

Lois Patiño presents his first exhibition in Portugal

5 December 2014
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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.


A few notes on “A Double Immobility” by Ángel Calvo Ulloa

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