On the first day of the festival, we present an extensive programme that seeks to reveal the programming of 20th Curtas Vila do Conde. Apart from opening of the Curtinhas (a mini-festival for the kids), several films will be projected in different sections: 2012 A Kubrick Odyssey; From Shorts to Features; and In Focus Olivier Assayas. Also on the first day there are three events of 20 Years of Curtas Vila do Conde (exhibition, book and documentary).
In the celebration of the 20 Years of Curtas Vila do Conde, the festival comissioned four short-films. One of them was directed by Yann Gonzalez (French filmmaker and regular presence at the Festival), "Land of My Dreams". The film was produced in the last months between Vila do Conde and Porto and tells the story of a mother and a daughter and their striptease show. This is the Making Of (directed by Simone Almeida) of that film, which will have its world première in this Sunday, 8 July, at 22h30.
The retrospective on Olivier Assayas - one of the authors In Focus at the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde - starts today in Guimarães, within the European Capital of Culture. The cultural event ends with this session a partnership with Vila do Conde after a week of screenings (several sessions of award-winning films and one dedicated to Stanley Kubrick). The French director, who will be in Vila do Conde during this retrospective, is the special guest of this session and will talk to the public.
To celebrate the 20 th Curtas Vila do Conde - and beyond the comission of four short films - the first day of the festival presents three special events. At Teatro Municipal, it will open a photography exhibition (at 17h30) that explores the vast photographic archive of the last twenty years, showing many of the authors who were in Vila do Conde. It will also be presented a book ("Pure Cinema") published for the anniversary and that includes twenty interviews with authors of the festival, as well as written reflections about our history. Finally, it will be screened the documentary "Generations Shorts!" directed by José Vieira Mendes (18:30, Room Two).
The book "Pure Cinema" is a reflection on cinema, from twenty interviews with twenty-six authors who have gone through Vila do Conde. It is Intended to be, therefore, a document that discusses the changes and trends in contemporary cinema in its various mutations, calling into question the very definition of what cinema is. The result of this analysis also helps clarify the identity of Curtas Vila do Conde in the last two decades while film festival contaminated by other art forms. As a complement, there are personal reflections on the festival, from the film critic Augusto M. Seabra and the American filmmaker Mike Hoolboom; finally, there is a critical history of the festival.
Curtas Vila do Conde is one of the special guests of (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico, which takes place between May 31 and June 3, in La Coruna, Spain. This festival shows every year, a group of films that challenge the dominant conventions, proposing new paradigms for the cinema of the future.
In this edition, Curtas Vila do Conde is honored for its 20 years through the screening of four short films that were a direct result of commissions from the festival: "Untitled", by João Onofre, "Strokkur," João Salaviza; "Beacon "by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, and" Remains", by Sandro Aguilar.
On June 1, Nuno Rodrigues (Curtas Vila do Conde director) will also attend a roundtable, part of the initiative "From white cube to black box", which aims to consider the passage of the cinema from the theatre to the museum .