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
8 July 2012
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).
7 July : Highlights of the Day
7 July 2012
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).
The programme 2012 A Kubrick Odyssey (which is also an exhibition at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery), screens the classic "A Clockwork Orange", and the documentary "Room 237" by Rodney Ascher, that after the furor caused at the Cannes Film Festival, arrives at Vila do Conde to reveal the secrets of "The Shining". Still in this first day, the opening ceremony will screen the first feature film by Nicolas Provost (an author of the festival): "The Invader", also with a long career in film festivals. Finishing up the night it begins the In Focus retrospective of Olivier Assayas, with the projection of "Noise", a film celebration of music, with special emphasis on Sonic Youth.
To celebrate the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde, the first day of the festival presents three special events. It will open a photography exhibition (at the Teatro Municipal) 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 with a book published for the anniversary and that includes twenty interviews with authors of the festival, as well as written reflections about our history. Finally, the documentary "Generations Short!", by José Vieira Mendes, will be screened (18:30, Room Two).
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.
This retrospective begins with one of his early films: "Paris S'Éveille" (1991). The young Adrien gradually begins to connect with Louise, a drug addict. Half a year later, Louise let herself be led by her dream of pursuing a career in television. Adrien finds himself involved in illegal business and takes refuge in the underworld. Everyone is trying to escape.
Exhibition and Book - 20 Years Curtas Vila do Conde
5 July 2012
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.