Highlights of the day : July 11th

11 July 2017
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This Tuesday, there are good reasons to visit Curtas Vila do Conde!

It starts today the National Competition, one of the most awaited moments of the festival! This first session, at 9.15pm, will show three of the movies in competition: "Água Mole", by Laura Gonçalves and Xá (Alexandra Ramires), "Verão Saturno", by Mónica Lima and " Altas Cidades de Ossadas", by João Salaviza. Still within the competitions, we highlight the four sessions of the International Competition at 5pm, 8pm, 10.30pm and 11.30pm, where we will keep on showing the best of international contemporary cinema.


In the In Focus section - that, until Saturday, will show all the movies from the French filmmaker F. J. Ossang - we will show "L'Affaire des Divisions Morturi", the first long-cut film from the director. A story of gladiators where one of them, Ettore, becomes a star of the underworld. He ends up in pieces, trapped in a role he can no longer preform. His last betrayal is to spill the beans to the press.

In today's Carte Blanche, we feature the choices from Marcos Cruz and Rodrigo Affreixo: "31", by Miguel Gomes and "Surviving Desire", by Hal Hartley.
 
At 4pm, we have the second Take One! Conversation, on the subject "How to Win a Bear" with two filmmakers who have won the Golden Bear a Berlinale: Leanor Teles ("Balada de um Batráquio") and Diogo Costa ("Cidade Pequena").

This Tuesday we will show, at Teatro Municipal, films from the Nordic Countries and Romania, in the European Panorama, at 3pm and 6pm. 

At Auditório Municipal we have the free movie sessions, at 2pm, featuring films to all the family. Also at Auditório Municipal we will have the Music Videos Competition, a selection of the best portuguese music videos, which innovate in the art of combining music and cinema.

The day ends at Cacau Café-Bar, with the Music Videos Party and André Tentugal, with free entrance. 

The tickest for the festival are being sold at the ticket office in Teatro Municipal, at Auditório Municipal and at the Online Ticket Office. 

Extra Session "Vaza" and "A Tale of Two Cities"

10 July 2017
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Due to the notorious interest and big attendance to last Sunday's Special Session, with the movies "Vaza" and "A Tale of Two Cities", Curtas Vila do Conde has decided to open an extra session next Saturday, at 2.30pm at Auditório Municipal, so that you can watch, or rewatch, the two films about Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim.

Every year, Curtas gives visibility to films that feature local realities, and this year was no exception. The Special Session, last Sunday, had a full house and tickets sold out. For that reason, Curtas Vila do Conde will show, once again, the films featured in the Special Session, giving the opportunity to those who couldn't be there, and to those who want to rewatch it, to see them again. 

"Vaza", by José Manuel Sá and Paulo Pinto, tells Vânia's story, who is a teenager, a caxineira like all her family, always attached to the sea. "A Tale of Two Cities", by Morag Brennan and Steve Harrison, is a film about Póvoa de Varzim in the 1950s and 1960s, starred by the people of Póvoa de Varzim. The film begins with the famous photograph of Maria do Alívio at age 16, walking barefoot through Rua das Lavadeiras, under the iconic publicity poster with the diva Sophia Loren, and tells the story of two very different Póvoas de Varzim: the fishing community and the brutal reality of a traditional way of life, and the tourist town and the individuals who have begun to design it nationally as a busy holiday destination. 

 The film offers this historical journey to a world that is now almost forgotten, but also to a Portuguese society marked by the Salazarismo of bad memory. For the dictator, Póvoa de Varzim represented a singular repository of memories linked to the heroic sea gestation, but it would also be the dramatic scenario for the confrontation between the Estado Novo dictatorship and the man who swore to overthrow it, General Humberto Delgado. This “Tale of Two Cities” is told through eyewitness interviews, sometimes hilarious and sometimes painful, but always inspiring and revealing. 
 
The session will be at Auditório Municipal and the tickets can be bought at Teatro Municipal, Auditório Municipal and at the Online Ticket Office. 

Highlights of the day : July 10th

10 July 2017
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The weekend is over, but Curtas Vila do Conde is back, this Monday, to show the best of contemporary cinema! 

In the highlights of the day, we have the start of the In Focus section that, until Sunday, will show all the films from the french director F. J. Ossang. Today we show "Dharma Guns", the last film from the director. Stan wakes up from a coma, after a serious accident, finding out the genealogists are looking for someone one like him. Instead of asking questions about the testament filliation, he submits himself to Professor Starkov's legacy and travels to Las Estrellas. Today, we will proceed with the International Competition, with sessions at 5pm, 8pm and 10.30pm, where we will keep on showing the best of international contemporary cinema. 

In today's Carte Blanche, we feature the choices from Manuela Azevendo, Rui Poças and Jorge Mourinha: "The Dam Keeper", by Robert Kondo e Diasuke "Dice” Tsutsumi; "L'Etoile de Mer", by Man Ray; and "Un Transport En Comun", by Dyana Gaye.
 
For the National Panorama, at 9.15pm, Curtas has selected some films that help to shape the national scence when it comes to shortcuts production, relevant pieces that feature trends or other horizons in portuguese filmmaking: “Triptic” by Tiago Afonso, “Semente Extreminadora” by Pedro Neves Marques and “Flores” by Jorge Jácome. ´

Before that, at 4pm, we have the first Take One! Conversation, on the subject "In Cinema You Make Friends, with Salette Ramalho (Agência da Curta Metragem) Pela del Álamo (Curtocircuito IFF) and the director Rita Barbosa (“À Noite Fazem-se Amigos”). At 6.30pm, we also have the first Take One! Session, dedicated to films from film schools. 

This Monday, we will show, at Teatro Municipal, films from the Netherlands and Poland, in the European Panorama, at 3pm and 6pm. 

At Auditório Municipal we have the free movie sessions, at 2pm, featuring films to all the family. Also at Auditório Municipal, the musical duo Pega Monstro will preform their most recent album, "Casa de Cima", at 11.30pm. 

The day ends at Cacau Café-Bar, with the Take One! Party and a dj set by Jonathan Silva, with free entrance. 

The tickest for the festival are being sold at the ticket office in Teatro Municipal, at Auditório Municipal and at the Online Ticket Office. 

Highlights of the day : July 9th

9 July 2017
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On this second day of Curtas Vila do Conde, there are many reasons to visit the festival! 

"Mariphasa", by Sandro Aguilar, has its world premiere today, at 9.15pm. The main character of the film is named Paulo and works as a night guard in an industrial complex. The other long-cut filme being showed today is "24 Frames", a posthumous film by Abbas Kiarostami, showing a collection of 24 four and a half minute movies inspired by still images, like photos and paintings. 

Today, we are having a special session, at 5pm, with the exhibition of local movies from Vila do Conde. "Vaza", by José Manuel Sá and Paulo Pinto, tells Vania's story, a teenager from Caxinas that has a connection to the sea, like her whole family. "A Tale of Two Cities", by Morag Brennan e Steve Harrison is a film about Póvoa de Varzim in the 50's and 60's, showing the reality of both its local community and tourists. 

The International Competition starts today, with three sessions at 6.30pm, 8pm and 11.30pm, showing some of the selected movies from one of the most waited competitions of the festival, that features some of the best films in contemporary cinema. 

In today's Carte Blanche, we have the choices by Inês Nadais, Adolfo Luxuria Canibal, Tiago Alves, Inês Meneses e José Miguel Gaspar: "Oh Dear", by Nicolas Provost, "Meshes of the Afternoon", by Maya Deren e Alexender Hammid, "Corrente", by Rodrigo Areias, "Vacancy", by Matthias Muller, and Frankenweenie, by Tim Burton. 

This Sunday, Curtas returns to the place where it all began: the Auditório Municipal de Vila do Conde, where the first 18 editions of the festival occurred. 
In this place, at 6pm, we will have the presentation of book, celebrating the festival's birthday: "Curtas Vila do Conde: 25 Anos, 25 Histórias" is composed by 25 personalities (film critics, musicians, directors, writers, journalists) that have been in Vila do Conde. This texts reveal Curta's story, the one that has been told only as a secret. Memories of those who have been inside the festival. 
Participating in the book: José Miguel Gaspar (journalist); Marcos Cruz (journalist), Pedro Marta Santos (writer and journalist); João Lopes (film critic); Valter Hugo Mãe(writer); Manuela Azevedo (from the band "Clã"); Eduardo Brito (screenwriter, director and photoprapher); Francisco Ferreira (film critic); Inês Meneses (journalist); Inês Nadais (journalist); Jorge Mourinha (journalist); João Faria (designer); Ricardo Alexandre (journalist); Rodrigo Affreixo (journalist); Pedro Paixão (writer); Sabrina Marques (film critic); Adolfo Luxúria Canibal (from the band "Mão Morta"); Cláudia Marques Santos (journalist); Miguel Gomes (director); Paulo Furtado (The Legendary Tigerman); Rui Poças (director of photography); Tiago Alves (journalist); Daniel Ribas(film critic and film programmer); António Rodrigues (film programmer) e José Vieira Mendes (journalist). 

Simultaneously, we inaugurate the photo exhibition "The Glory of FIlmmaking in Portugal", a tribute to a group of people that, from acting to technic work, from directing to filme criticism, helped and help making cinema in Portugal and that, in last years, have been in the festival. 

Still in Auditório Municipal, Evols will preform thei most recent album "Evols III". 

Today's party will be at Cacau Café-Bar, with TAM (Wasser Bassin Records). 

Tickets are at sale at Teatro Municipal's ticket office, at Auditório Municipal and the online Ticket Office. 
 

Highlights of the day : July 8th

8 July 2017
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Curtas Vila do Conde starts today and there are many highlights throughout the day!

"Despicable Me 3" is the opening movie of Curtinhas section, dedicated to children. After being fired from the Antivillain League, for letting a very dangerous villian escape, Gru finds out that he has a brother named Dru, that wants him to back on the track to being a villain. Will he refuse the offer? Or will he be tempted by his old ways? To be seen at 3.30pm.

The festival's official opening session, at 6.30pm, features de movie "The Other Side of Hope", by Aki Kaurismäki. This is the return of the most portuguese of the finnish directors, with a new movie from his port trilogy. "The Other Side of Hope" tells the story of an encountering between a syrian refugee and a poker player. At 11pm, we have "Certain Women", by Kelly Reichardt, telling the story of three women, meeting in three small american towns, showing the subtle imperfections of their existence.

Celebrating its 25 years of existence, Curtas decided to give Carte Blanche to 25 personalities, so they could choose their favorite movie seen at Curtas. In today's session we have choices by Daniel Ribas and Ricardo Alexandre, with the movies "Corpo e Meio", by Sandro Aguilar and "Bicicleta" by Luís Vieira Campos. To be seen at 9.45pm.

In the Stereo Section, the Atlantic Coast Orchestra is playing a live show, with a soundtrack by the composer Andrew E. Simpson, along with the movie "The General", by Buster Keaton. This comedy tells the story of Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) during the chase of a group of spies that stole his train, The General, with his fiancé Annabell (Marion Mack) on board. The Atlantic Coast Orchestra was formed in 2015 and it's an inovating project that gathers some of the best young players, developing a musical project of high quality.

Still today, the exhibition "Terra", at Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática is inaugurated at 5pm, featuring works by Gabriel Abrantes (in cooperation with Ben Rivers), Priscila Fernandes, Pedro Neves Marques, Joana Pimenta, Lúcia Prancha, Francisco Queimadela and Mariana Caló.

Still today, you can see a session of the Panorama Europeu, featuring movies from Belgium, and three session of Short Matters, with some of the best shortcuts seen at european festival.

Finally, at 11pm, we'll have the opening party, at Café do Parque.

A retrospective of F. J. Ossang at the 25th Curtas Vila do Conde

28 June 2017
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F. J. Ossang will be In Focus at the 25th Curtas Vila do Conde- International Film Festival. The french filmmaker will be in Vila do Conde to introduce his complete filmography after winning, in 2009, the Experimental Competition of the festival.

F. J. Ossang it's a prolific artist: writer, editor, poet and musician, has on its resumé a collection of twenty books and a band, the MKB's (Messageros Killers Boys). His cinematographic activity has been scattered, but still essential to understand Ossang's artistic commitment, whose career has been defined by an eminently "punk" attitude, causing his artistic establishment. The author is In Focus at the 25th Curtas Vila do Conde, returning to the festival in which he previously participated with three shortcuts, being awarded at the Experimental Competition, in 2009, for Vladivostok.

After spending his childhood in the Cantal area, Ossang lived the 70's in Toulouse, a time heavily defined by editorial activity- the literary magazine Cée (1977-1979, co-edited with Christian Bourgois) and the publisher Céeditions, responsible for the publishing authors such has Stanislas Rodanski, Claude Pélieu or Robert Cordier. In the 80's he moves to Paris, studying at the prestigious IDHEC school, place where he directed two shortcuts and his first full-length movie.

His first work is defined, from the beginning, by various literary and political inspirations, like the situationists William S. Burroughs ou Louis-Ferdinand Céline. His band, the MKB's, is also the result of a fusion of punk and industrial music, self-naming his style as Noise'N'Roll. This mixture of influences transpires also in its' movies, filled with a particular style going from a post-apocalyptic world and science-fiction to get closer to punk and film noir. The silent film and expressionism also have a fundamental strength on its' work.

Because of its' idiosyncratic style, Ossang has an irregular career, beginning in the 80's and with long periods of filmic abstinence. Dharma Guns, from 2010, is the movie the precedes 9 Doigts, his most recent work, filmed in Portugal and that hasn't premiered yet. Curiously, the director has a close relationship with Portugal, where he previously filmed Le Tresor de Iles Chiennes (1990/1991), working with Portuguese actors such as Diogo Dória, José Wallenstein and Pedro Hestnes.

This complete retrospective at Curtas Vila do Conde will bring to light one of the most secretive contemporary filmmakers. F. J. Ossang will be at the festival to present his movies, bringing with him Elvire, muse and main actress in a lot of his movies.

The 25th Curtas Vila do Conde, from 8th to 16th of July, is supported by Câmara Municipal de Vila do Conde, Ministério da Cultura, Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, programa MEDIA/Europa Criativa and many other partners, essential to the organization of the festival.

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