July 17 : Highlights of the Day

17 July 2018
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Yann Gonzalez presents "Un couteau dans le coeur", his last film, premiered in Cannes. Also today, starts the National Competition with the best of Portuguese cinema produced between 2017 and 2018.

French director Yann Gonzalez will at Vila do Conde to present his latest film, "Un couteau dans le coeur", which will be screened today at 11:00 p.m. With a backgroud of the pornographic industry of the late 1970s in Paris, the feature film tells the story of Anne, producer of B-series porn movies. In an unmistakable style that has been maturing since the beginning of her career, the French director combines the drama of a failed love affair and serial murder, halfway between the erotic and the police.


The National Competition also starts today at 8:00 p.m., bringing together the best short-films produced in Portugal between 2017 and 2018. In this session will be screened: "Aquaparque", by Ana Moreira, "Pas de Confettis" by Bruno Ferreira, and also "Anteu", by João Vladimiro.


Take One!, dedicated to the production of cinema in a school context, goes on with two sessions of cinema in the afternoon and also a talk that will bring together representatives of several European universities.

July 16 : Highlights of the Day

16 July 2018
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On the third day of Curtas Vila do Conde, the festival presents a session dedicated to the format of music videos.

On the third day of Curtas Vila do Conde, the festival presents a session dedicated to the format of music videos, in a national selection, integrated in the Stereo programming. The session will take place at 11:30 pm at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde.


In the National Panorama of the 2018 edition, Curtas will exhibit three short films signed by Portuguese filmmakers: "Russa" by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr., which premiered at the Berlinale; " Anjo "by Miguel Nunes, and "Os Mortos", by Gonçalo Robalo. The single session takes place at 8:00 pm in the main theater.

For the first time in 2018, Curtas extends the Take One! Competition, dedicated to discovering the best of film schools, to six other European countries, besides Portugal. The competition starts today with national and international sessions taking place during the afternoon.

The International Competition, which brings together several carefully selected short films from around the world, goes on with three sessions throughout the day.
 

July 15 : Highlights of the Day

15 July 2018
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On the second day, the Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival features two films and a session dedicated to Produções Curtas.

This Sunday, Curtas Vila do Conde presents two long-metranges. The first one will be shown at 9:30 pm, has the signature of the filmmaker Romain Gavras, "Le Monde est à toi", and integrates the section From Short to Long. The second, part of the retrospective that the festival dedicates to the filmmaker Nadav Lapid, will be shown at 11:00 pm: "The Kindergarten Teacher". Both sessions take place in Room 1 of the Municipal Theater.


Before that, at the end of the day, the festival presents a special session entitled Produções Curtas that integrates the films "Rio Entre As Montanhas" by José Magro, produced under the 72 Hour Film Project of the festival Hancheng Jinzhen; "Circo do Amor" by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos, a film produced with the support of ICA - Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual for fiction short films, and "Náufragos" by Pedro Neves, produced within the Animar 13 workshops. The last two were shot in the county of Vila do Conde.


At 6:30 p.m., the festival presents a showcase of the students of ESMAD / P.Porto, under Take One !, taking place in Room 2 of the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde.
 

July 14: Highlights of the Day

14 July 2018
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Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival starts this Saturday, July 14, with several highlights.

The day begins with the opening of Curtinhas - minifestival section within the festival - and the screening of the film "The Incredibles 2: The Super Heroes", at 3 p.m., at Vila do Conde Municipal Theater.


At 4:00 p.m., the New Spain exhibition opens at the Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática, hosting works by seven emerging Spanish artists: Carla Andrade, Inés García, Laida Lertxundi, Lois Patiño, Natalia Marín and Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón. The exhibition is commissioned by José Manuel Lopéz and Nuno Rodrigues.


The screening of "Diamantino" by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt will mark the official opening session of the 26th Curtas Vila do Conde at 18:00, also at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde.


At 11:00 pm, the psychedelic rock trio Black Bombaim joins the percussionist João Pais Filipe in an unprecedented composition for "Dragonflies with Birds and Snake", directed by Wolfgang Lehmann.

 


New Spain brings together works by seven Spanish artists

3 July 2018
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New Spain brings together seven emerging Spanish artists in an exhibition that opens on July 14, at the Solar Gallery of Cinematic Art, and marks the first day of the 26th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival.

The exhibition, curated by the Galician curator José Manuel Lopez (current collaborator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, MARCO, Vigo and the Galician Center for Contemporary Art, CGAC, Santiago) and Nuno Rodrigues, co-director of the festival, aims to explore notions of landscape and intimacy through different media. The artists Carla Andrade, Inés García, Laida Lertxundi, Lois Patiño, Natalia Marín, Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón will present site-specific installations, combining various media such as film, video and photography, defying the boundaries between cinema and the fine arts. The opening will take place at 4:00 p.m., on July 14, at Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática, in Vila do Conde.

Two of the works exhibited in New Spain will be absolutely novelty. "No Hay Tierra Más Allá", by Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, questions - both through device and content - the perspective of Spanish official history regarding the expansionist policy of the colonial era. Carla Andrade will present a new installation from her film “El paisaje está vacío y el vacío es paisaje", summoning the lessons of the occult and the Andean philosophy around the aesthetic experience.

This New Spain expresses the renewed gaze of this group of artists, almost all born in the 80's and working outside the country of origin. Thus the idea of ​​deterritorialization appears through the whole exhibition: on the one hand, the tragicomic allusion of the title to the time of the Spanish discoveries in South America and its respective failure of the empire, in articulation with the foreign condition of the group of artists; on the other, the intersection between the conventional device territories of the cinema and those of the gallery context.

Lois Patiño is one of the most well-known Spanish filmmakers. It explores, through video, the scales of nature and the question of temporality in moving images. In photography, Carla Andrade also works with natural landscapes, but essentially through the notion of emptiness, not as an absence, but as a producer of meaning. On the other hand, Laida Lertxundi records the daily but fragmented life of Los Angeles, filming the landscape of the city, but also the people who live there, peering into this relationship between affection and geography. With a degree in fine arts, Inés García combines his previous experience with cinema, resulting in fixed sequences filmed in urban settings, where the movement within the picture appears as a performance. Director, Natalia Marín combines an experimental aesthetic with an ethnographic approach in an essentially documentary work. A bit like the duo Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, who works on non-fiction films and videos, intersecting the seemingly opposite worlds of myth and matter.

The New Spain exhibition project also includes special sessions, a guided tour, a debate and an expanded film performance, in a parallel program integrated in the Curtas Vila do Conde festival, which will take place between July 14 and 22 at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde. One of the special sessions will be entirely dedicated to the work of Laida Lertxundi, with the projection of six films by the curator in a curacy of Maria Palácios Cruz, deputy director of Lux Films.

Other two, programmed by Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria (programmer of the Locarno Festival) under the title "Muchos Símbolos Y Ningún Significado", bring together a set of very special films and out of place. From musical videos to trailers, from documentary to experimental, Amatria's irreverent choices escape the hegemonic discourses of industrial production. Through the use of humor, science fiction and a playful approach to audiovisual tools, the young Spanish filmmakers take refuge from the deception of the state of things by creating new forms of expression keeping away from the classical schemes.

María Palacios Cruz and Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria will be present at a joint debate with the curators, José Manuel Lopez and Nuno Rodrigues, and with some of the artists, to take place on July 20 at the Vila do Conde Municipal Theater. The New Spain parallel program will end on July 21 with an expanded film performance titled "Even Silence is Cause of Storm," by Adriana Vila and Luis Macías, who explores the manipulation of 16mm film live for the creation of a new sensory space.

Organized by the Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática in Curtas Vila do Conde partnership, the New Spain exhibition - open from Monday to Saturday until September and all days during the festival - is supported by AC/E - Acción Cultural Espanola, Portuguese Republic - Culture, DGArtes, Vila do Conde Municipality.

The co-curator of the New Spain project José Manuel Lopez Fernández and the other fourteen Spanish artists, journalists and programmers (Albert Alcoz, María Palacios, Lois Patiño, Isabel Lara Ruiz, Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria, Carla Andrade, Alberto Ramos Ruiz, Helena Giron Vázquez, Laida Lertxundi, Inés García, Javier Hernández Estrada, Samuel M. Delgado, Susana Blas and Bea Espejo) will attend Curtas Vila do Conde thanks to the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) in the Mobility modality.

26th Curtas Vila do Conde: Full Programme

26 June 2018
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The organization of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival this morning announced the complete program for the 26th edition, to be held between July 14 and 22, 2018. The awaited selection of the National Competition includes the latest films by renowned filmmakers Ivo M. Ferreira, João Viana or Rodrigo Areias, but also newcomers like David Pinheiro Vicente or Ana Moreira. In total, the festival features 90 movie sessions and more than 200 films from more than 40 countries.

The National Competition is once again the center of Curtas Vila do Conde, bringing the best of Portuguese cinema produced in 2017 and 2018 in the short film, with films signed by internationally recognized filmmakers and young promises that have been made. in the field of filmmaking. The official selection includes, in total, 17 films: "3 Years Later", by Marco Amaral; "À Tona" by Filipe Abranches; "Agouro", by David Doutel and Vasco Sá; "Água Forte", by Mónica Baptista; "Anteu", by João Vladimiro; "Aquaparque", by Ana Moreira; "Declive", by Eduardo Brito; "Entre Sombras" by Alice Eça Guimarães and Mónica Santos; "Equinox", by Ivo M. Ferreira; "Madness", by João Viana; "Fog" by Daniel Veloso; "Where the Summer Goes (Chapters on Youth)", by David Pinheiro Vicente, "Pas de Confettis" by Bruno Ferreira, "Cold Pixel" by Rodrigo Areias, "Placenta" by Paulo Lima, "Sara F." of Miguel Fonseca and "Sheila", of Gonçalo Loureiro.


The International Competition is the window of the Curtas Vila do Conde to the world, in a heterogeneous selection at all levels: formal, thematic and of cinematographic genre. Thirty-one short films, including the latest works by award-winning filmmakers both at the festival and internationally, such as Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, Bertrand Mandico, Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado and João Paulo Miranda Maria. In a more daring and attentive program, the Experimental Competition brings together 17 films featuring Matthias Müller, Morgan Fisher, Manuel Knapp and Makino Takashi. The Music Video Competition, part of the Stereo section dedicated to celebrating the relationship between music and film, presents a session of the best of its kind on a national level. Finally, the Take One! Competition, this year extended to six other European countries, besides Portugal, is dedicated to the discovery of what is best done in film schools. 


Mini-festival within the festival, Curtinhas also presents a competitive section, divided into three age groups (M/3, M/ 6 and M/10), as well as various workshops and other didactic activities dedicated to children. The film "The Incredibles 2: The Superheroes" opens the section on the first day of the festival, on July 14, in a session for the whole family. 


Parallel to the festival, the Solar Gallery of Cinematic Art presents the exhibition New Spain, curated by José Manuel López, Spanish curator, and Nuno Rodrigues, co-director of the festival and coordinator of the gallery, which opens on the first day of the festival. Seven Spanish artists / filmmakers - Carla Andrade, Inés García, Laida Lertxundi, Lois Patiño, Natalia Marín and Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado - will present site-specific installations, combining various media such as film, video, photography and sound , and defying the boundaries between cinema and the visual arts. The exhibition also includes three film sessions, included in the festival, one curated by Maria Palácios Cruz and two others programmed by Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria (Locarno Festival). 


The festival also features a special session entitled Produções Curtas that includes the films "Rio Entre As Montanhas" by José Magro, produced under the 72 Hour Film Project, Hancheng Jinzhen festival; "Circo do Amor" by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos, a film produced with the support of ICA - Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual for fiction short films, and "Náufragos" by Pedro Neves, produced in the framework of the Animar 13 workshops, and the last two were shot at Vila do Conde. 


"Diamantino" by Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes, recently awarded in Cannes, marks the start of Curtas and the section From Shorts to Features, which also includes the films "Le Monde est à toi" by Romain Gavras, "The Green Fog" by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, and" Un couteau dans le coeur "by Yann Gonzalez. Invited by Curtas, the French director will also present a carte blanche titled Midnight Madness Avant-Garde that promises to be the most exciting and frightening session of this festival, with a set of cutting-edge cinema works, mostly in 16mm film. 


In 2018, Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival received more than 3000 entries, including about 2,300 for the International Competition and more than a hundred for the National Competition. A very careful selection work led to the sets of films that give shape to the different sections of the competition, showing the best that took place in the short film between 2017 and 2018, all over the world.


The 26th Curtas Vila do Conde, which runs between July 14 and 22, has the support of the MEDIA / Creative Europe program, Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, the Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and several indispensable partners to the festival.

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