Tribute to Curtas Vila do Conde in Locarno
The Locarno International Film Festival did a hommage to Curtas Vila do Conde, screening a special program with the four short films commissioned for the celebration of ours 20 Years (in the two screening sessions, the films had 420 spectators). The festival of Locarno is one of the largest film festivals in Europe and will take place from 1 to 11 August.
This tribute will then be composed by the screening of the four productions of Vila do Conde: "Land of My Dreams" by Yann Gonzalez, "O Milagre de Santo António", by Sergei Loznitsa, "Reconversão", by Thom Andersen; and "O Canto do Rocha", by Helvécio Marins Jr. These four films had its world premiere in the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde with great public success and critical acclaim.
This international premiere was an important place for Curtas Vila do Conde and specially for the films, that are now starting to receive invitations for other international festivals.
Also in this edition of the Locarno Film Festival will be screened other Portuguese films: "O Dom das Lágrimas" by João Nicolau; "O Que Arde Cura", by João Rui Guerra da Mata; "Zwazo", by Gabriel Abrantes (the first two were shown in the Portuguese Panorama of the 20th Vila do Conde, the third in the Portuguese Competition). Also selected was the new feature film of João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata: "A Última Vez que Vi Macau".
14th July : Highlights of the Day
On the penultimate day of Curtas 2012, there are many cinema and many choices available. At the morning and in the afternoon there are more Curtinhas' sessions for kids. Also early in the afternoon, the festival promotes a discussion of Portuguese cinema. By late afternoon, are screened the last sessions of international and experimental competition. At night, in the section From Short to Features, is screened the film "Best Intentions", by Adrian Sitaru. But the major highlights of the day are the awards ceremony (where Fernando Lopes will be honored) and the film-concert of the Black Bombaim.
By early afternoon, the festival will discuss "What would the world be without the Portuguese cinema?" with five guests: Miguel Gomes, João Pedro Rodrigues, Luís Urbano, João Lopes and Augusto M. Seabra. At a critical point of Portuguese cinema, this is a time for industry professionals discuss the future.
Over night, the festival honors one of the great figures in the history of Portuguese cinema: Fernando Lopes. It is projected "The Happiness," a short film by Jorge Silva Melo in which the filmmaker is the protagonist. This honor follows the session awards-given, starting at 21:00. Over night, the Black Bombaim join a collective of young filmmakers coordinated by John Minton (visual director of Portishead) for a cinematic experience of live performance from the last album of Black Bombaim.
12th July : Highlights of the Day
In this Thursday, July 12, Curtas Vila do Conde offers several opportunities to see good cinema. The international and Portuguese competitions continue their screenings and it starts the experimental competition. Also in the In Focus Robert Todd section continues its sessions, this time with a masterclass. Over night, Jan Harlan presents a documentary about Kubrick, and, the highlight of the day, Thom Andersen presents his film on Eduardo Souto de Moura (a commission of the 20th Festival).
By early afternoon, Robert Todd presents two short films ("Golden Hour" and "Crystral Gaze"). Afterwards, he talks with the audience about his work. It is a good opportunity to better understand the experimental work of this author. In competitions, the International shows today films like "Os Mortos-Vivos" by Anita Rocha da Silveira or "I Morti di Alos" by Daniele Atzeni. There are two extreme examples of the ways of contemporary life. At night, the fourth session of the Portuguese competition screens films by Filipe Abranches, Salomé Lamas, Gabriel Abrantes and João Rosas.
In the night, it is screened the documentary "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures" by Jan Harlan (which is in Vila do Conde). It's a film in a parallel program to the exhibition "2012 A Kubrick Odyssey." Also it will be screened "Reconversão", by Thom Andersen, a commission of the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde and the filmmaker chose the architecture of Eduardo Souto de Moura as theme.
11th July : Highlights of the Day
On Wednesday, July 11, there are very good films to find out in Vila do Conde. It continues the sessions of competition (Portuguese and international) and another of the productions Campus / Estaleiro is presented (a film by João Canijo); Helvécio Marins Jr. shows his short films and talks to the audience of the festival, and at night, the Evols provide the first concert film of this year, creating an original soundtrack for films of Robert Todd (author of in Focus).
The Room One of the Teatro Municipal on this Wednesday receives several sessions of competition. In the Portuguese highlights for the first presentation of films by Leonor Noive, João Pedro Rodrigues and Possidónio Cachapa. In international competition films will be shown by Peter Peake (director of Aardman Studios), Sergio Oksman, Ben Rivers and Lisandro Alonso. In the evening session is also screened "Les Amours Perdues" starring Emmanuelle Béart.
In the afternoon, the Brazilian filmmaker Helvécio Marins Jr. shows most of his short film work, in a session at 15h. In the end, the director will talk to the audience. At night, João Canijo shows the film he made with students in the Campus / Estaleiro, "Obrigação". This project was filmed in Caxinas in Vila do Conde and closely followed the wives of fishermen. Finally, today also happens the first film-concert from films by Robert Todd, with music of the Portuguese band Evols.
10th july : Highlights of the Day
On the fourth day of the Curtas 2012, the Festival kicks off in strength with the International Competition (in the main room). There are new screenning of the Portuguese and European Panoramas, the competition of Take One! and it starts the In Focus retrospective on Robert Todd. Finally, it is screened the unique session of the music videos competition.
By early afternoon, the Portuguese Panorama shows some Portuguese films that have premiered in other festivals. The session will screen films by Pedro Brito, Cláudia Varejão, Paulo Abreu e João Rui Guerra da Mata. At night, the second session of the Portuguese Competition is screened with new films by Filipa César, Mariana Gaivão, Ico Costa and Miguel Fonseca. With all the films shown at the sessions of the International Competition, this is a day of great short films.
Already in the evening, there is a film session on the American experimental filmmaker Robert Todd. It is a good opportunity to see small and poetic films that reinvent our look towards the world. Also at night, is shown in a single session of music videos, in a selection of films that show us that the music video can be much more than a commercial vehicle.
8 July : Highlights of the Day
On the second day of Curtas Vila do Conde, the highlights are divided between the Curtinhas (with films for kids), the beginning of the Take One! section (student films), and new sessions on Olivier Assayas (filmmaker In Focus) and From Shorts to Features (with a film by Laurent Achard). Finally, the Festival promotes the world premiere of the comission of the 20 Years with the screening of three films, made by Helvécio Marins Jr., Sergei Loznitsa and Yann Gonzalez.
At 11 am, a session is screened for kids with age 6, at the Curtinhas competition. Also it will be screened, at 15h30, a session for kids with ages 3. Many good films to delight the kids. The Take One! today presents an overview session of a School in Focus, this year dedicated to the Escola das Artes da Universidade Católica. Also at the end of the night VideoRun Restart ends with the presentation of the films that resulted from the 48h marathon.
The In Focus retrospective to French filmmaker Olivier Assayas now has two chapters: at 17h is shown the film "Dédordre", an early-stage project that demonstrates the portrait of a generation in France for 80s, and at 18h30 are screened several of the their short films accompanied by a masterclass from the director. At night (21h), the director Laurent Achard shows his new feature film, "La Derniere Séance," about a man who keeps a cinema in danger of closing.
Finally at 22:30 the first session with the commissioned filmsof the 20 Years Curtas Vila do Conde are screened: "O Canto do Rocha", by Helvécio Marins Jr. (filmed at a café in Fontainhas, Porto), "O Milagre de Santo António", by Sergei Loznitsa (documentary about a secular practice in a northern Portugal village),"Land of My Dreams", by Yann Gonzalez (a fiction about a mother and daughter traveling in northern Portugal with a striptease show).