Miguel Gomes' Short Films on DVD

6 August 2015
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After "Reconversion" by Thom Andersen, Curtas Vila do Conde, in partnership with FNAC, presents a second DVD that includes all the short films by Miguel Gomes. This edition, subtitled in english, spanish and portuguese, can be purchased for 4 euros at Loja das Curtas, located at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, and FNAC.

"Miguel Gomes: As Curtas-Metragens" 

Parents and teachers are gone. Meanwhile, a girl and two boys became a love trio. Rui, Nuno and Rita cross three different spaces and time in a way to get alone. A rugby match, a swimming-pool party, the beach. An instable balance – the trio is too close to a triangle. Meanwhile it’s the time of spellbound. Rui loves Rita, Nuno or just the fun of it? Nuno loves Rita and depends on Rui? Rita is the passive leader of the game. Does she love anyone? 

Christmas Inventory
25th December in the middle eighties. The Family get together in the grandparents’house. When I was twelve I dreamt that I was putting in motion the static pictures of the crèche. With this film I tried to do the same with the memories of my cousins and relatives, with that house and with those rituals. It’s a fake documentary and a fake animation film, a semi-fiction about children that go to war, play music and take over. 

“This is the way you hold the racket to play a forehand. Just move your arm back, the left shoulder facing the ball, step forward with your left foot, hitting the ball.” 


A 20 year old young man asks some kids if he can play football with them. They think it’s weird and ask him how old is he. When he answers «I’m ten» he is laughed at. But he is going to find another group of kids who are different, just like him… (kalkitos is a trademark of a decalcomanias set sold in Portugal during the eighties).

Canticle of all Creatures 
Assis 2005: a troubadour walks the streets of St. Francis of Assisi hometown, singing and playing the Song of Brother Sun or Song of the Creatures, written by St. Francis back in the winter of 1224. Woods of Umbria, 1212: during one preaching to the birds, St. Francis suddenly faints. Reanimated by St. Clare, the saint looks strange and absent and he doesn’t remember anything. When the night falls, the animals in the forest sing and praise Francis. But this love sung by the animals leads to a feeling of possession, a desire of exclusivity usually known as jealousy. 

On January 21, 1975, in a village in the north of Portugal, a child writes to his parents who are in Angola to tell them how sad Portugal is. On July 13, 2011, in Milan, an old man remembers his first love. On May 6, 2012, in Paris, a man tells his baby daughter that he will never be a real father. During a wedding ceremony on September 3, 1977 in Leipzig, the bride battles against a Wagner opera that she can’t get out of her head. But where and when have these four poor devils begun searching for redemption? 

Productions by Curtas Vila do Conde at Locarno

6 August 2015
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Three productions of Curtas Metragens CRL, presented in world premiere in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, were selected for the prestigious Locarno Film Festival, which runs from 5 to 12 August.

"Night Without a Distance" by Lois Patiño, "The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal" by Manuel Mozos, and "Undisclosed Recipients" by Sandro Aguilar, will be presented in the non-competitive section Fuori Concorso.

The short film "Maria do Mar", by João Rosas, winner of the Portuguese Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde, will be in competition.

The four films are part of the catalog of works of Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency.

Making of 23rd Curtas Vila do Conde

5 August 2015
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Curtas Vila do Conde Spot

18 June 2015
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Retrospective dedicated to Quentin Dupieux with three Portuguese premieres

11 June 2015
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Besides the several competitions and special programmes, Curtas Vila do Conde will present, like prior editions, an In Focus director. This year, the retrospective is dedicated to the French directorQuentin Dupieux with the Portuguese premiere of three films: "Reality", "Wrong" and "Wrong Cops". In this section, Rubber (which premiered at Cannes in 2010) will also be screened.

Quentin Dupieux, also known in the music industry as Mr. Oizo, has a remarkable filmography in the last fifteen years, with a very peculiar style, articulating the European art film tradition with American movie genres.

Using dark humour, Dupieux focuses in maladjusted lead characters that try to fit in a world that doesn´t accept them. These characters’ dreadful solitude transforms the filmmaker’s sophisticated humour into absurd tragedies.

In “Rubber” (2010), a lonesome tire seems to start a revenge against the human race, leaving a community on the brink of a nervous breakdown. “Wrong” (2012) presents Dolph Springer, an American small town man whose dog is strangely kidnapped and it changes his life. “Wrong Cops” (2013) shows us the daily absurd story of an unethical group of cops. In “Reality” (2014) we follow a TV cameraman that wants to be a filmmaker but gets tangled in a vertigo of endless dreams.

Thus, Quentin Dupieux films are characterized by the absurd that emerges from seemingly trivial and day-to-day stories. Dupieux’s humour is sometimes sophisticated and other times plainly absurd. It develops a kind of post-modern iconoclasm confusing the viewers’ expectations. The great virtue in Dupieux’s films is to cause despair or laughter, showing how the contemporary world is, most of the times, naturally unintelligible. To enter in this narrative maze is, consequently, a bold move, but fully delightful as a cinema experience.

Curtas Vila do Conde: Official Selection 2015

11 June 2015
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From the 4th to the 12th July, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival will once more be the privileged window for the most recent productions in short film through its competitions: National, International, Experimental, Music Videos, Take One! and Curtinhas.

Portuguese cinema, despite its natural economic weaknesses, has given clear signs of a great creative vigour, showing its filmmakers possess a remarkable freedom. Curtas’ Portuguese Competitionpresents that creative freedom by a set of films that place Portuguese short films again on the international festivals’ radar. 2015 will be the year of filmmakers like Sandro Aguilar, Salomé Lamas, Filipa César, Jorge Quintela, João Rosas, Basil da Cunha or Luís Alves de Matos, all of them connected to Curtas Vila do Conde’s history.

The best National competition film will be awarded with the BPI Award, worth 2000 euros and the Pixel Bunker Award, worth 2500 euros in services. The SPA – Portuguese Authors Society, will award with 1500 euros the Portuguese film that receives the highest number of votes from the audience. The best Portuguese filmmaker will be appraised by Digimaster with an award worth 3000 euros in services.

In turn, Curtas Vila do Conde’s International Competition presents a remarkable diversity, both geographical and thematic, with films from Virgil Widrich, Bill Plympton, Antonin Peretjatko, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Sergei Loznitsa, amongst others.

The best film in this competition will win the Jameson Great Prize, worth 2000 euros. The best short film in each competing category will also be distinguished: Animation, Documentary and Fiction. The most voted film by the audience will receive the Niepoort Audience Award, worth 1000 euros. Still within the International Competition, the Best European Short Film will be announced. It includes the nomination for the European Film Awards, yearly organized by the European Film Academy.  

The Experimental Competition will continue to defy conventions presenting artists and filmmakers who dare to look ahead. Curtas Vila do Conde’s selection offers an opportunity to rediscover the great authors of this genre, like Volker Schreiner, Johan Grimonprez, Peter Tscherkassky, Ken Jacobs, Johan Lurf, Bill Morrison, Jennifer Reeves, Louise & Jane Wilson, Jay Rosenblatt and Deborah Stratman. With a deluxe set like this the Teatro Municipal’s room, like in past years, will sell out. The best experimental film will be awarded with 750 euros.

The Music Video Competition returns to Curtas Vila do Conde in an exclusive Portuguese production format with artists like Clã, X-Wife, PZ, Gala Drop and Linda Martini. These films will win an entirely different dimension when displayed on the Teatro Municipal’s big screen. The best competing video will receive a 750 euros prize awarded by FNAC.

Exclusive for student films, the Take One! Competition will present a new generation of talents straight from film and audio-visual schools. The best film will receive three prizes: the Smiling Award, worth 1500 euros in equipment rental services sponsored by Smiling/Nova Imagem; the Restart Award consisting on a coupon for training and/or production and post-production means (equipment or technical spaces) worth 500 euros at Restart – Escola de Criatividade e Novas Tecnologias and the Agência da Curta Metragem Award, which will guarantee the film’s submission to an international film festivals circuit.

In Curtinhas Competition the jury, formed by 15 children with ages between 6 and 12, will vote for the best film. This film will be awarded a prize worth 1000 euros sponsored by Mar Shopping. This section of the Festival also has a play area and several workshops, allowing the youngsters to take part in a week of cinema with their family.

In addition, there will be a Canal + Spain acquisition award for a National Competition film. From the competing films, the cable channel TVCine & Séries (a Festival partner) will make a choice for acquisitions.

Hence, Curtas Vila do Conde’s different competitions will again ensure the Festival’s most diversified and frequented screenings with films of unquestionable quality, most of them a Portuguese premiere, that show the current state of the world and the best of what has been produced recently.

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