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Sergei Loznitsa, Jafar Panahi, Guy Maddin and Nicolas Pereda in competition at Curtas

31 August 2020
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In this year in which public health issues have imposed a new awareness on how we relate to each other, the official selection for the international and experimental competition of Curtas Vila do Conde is built on a reflection on how the public and the private contaminate the construction of identities. There will be 48 films in the national premiere that, from places of intimacy, from cultural unions and differences, from divisions and meetings, connect us to different communities, ways of being and thinking.

Sergei Loznitsa and Jafar Panahi are two of the most interesting filmmakers of today. The first, Ukrainian, has built a work that travels through the territories marked by the Soviet legacy; the second, Iranian, has been an open channel for the understanding of contemporary Iran. They have an impressive sensitivity to work with the political, social and cultural problems of their people, and have been challenged by the National Opera of Paris to create a work with a singer as its central point. Night at The Opera and Hidden bring us two glances at the culture of the two countries where heroines sing, questioning notions of representation and interpretation. Bella by Thelyia Petraki, also narrated in the feminine, develops on top of a set of love letters exchanged between Anthi and Christos in the final straight of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Combining documentary and fiction, the film freezes a specific moment in time where everything was about to change. A personal journey also proposed in Correspondencia, a work through which Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor discuss their family inheritance and motherhood, using a set of images taken from their daily lives. A story about intimacy interrupted by a country's political emergency. Also filmed in Latin America, Electric Swan by Konstantina Kotzamani makes a micro-portrait of the community of Buenos Aires, through the history of a building where different classes inhabit different floors. A film where architecture relates to the emotional map of the characters, showing how different social classes organize the geometry of the city. 

When the Spanish Civil War handed over the victory to the Franco nationalist, more than 500 thousand Spaniards fled. A trend that had begun even earlier in the republican regions of northern Spain. In Diarios del exilio archive films and home movies are gathered, illustrating the massive exodus in the pre-dictatorship and documenting one of the country's most striking historical sites. It is also about escapes that we talk about How to Disappear, an essay built on top of a video game that reflects on the role of deserters in the war, thus opening a discussion around the armament policies of nationalist movements and the ideologies that mark the exercises on the war scene. In 1946, eight months after the atomic bombings, a film crew made a feature film in Japan. The reels manage to leave the country, but are immediately classified as secret material by North American entities. In La Bobine 11004, Mirabelle Fréville explores the archive and footage of what was the first episode of atomic censorship in history. 

When the team of Mi piel, luminosa (Nicolás Pereda and Gabino Rodríguez) went to Thomas More School to shoot, at the request of the Ministry of Education, a documentary on how the "Improving Primary Schools" project was being implemented, I was far from imagining that I would find a story that would change the direction of the film. A child placed in isolation in the classroom due to an illness that took the natural pigment from his skin becomes the central figure in a film where Pereda once again melts the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Filmed in Harlem and the Claude Monet gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a cinematic poem that meditates on the security and bodily autonomy of black women. Crossing animation, archive testimonies and street interviews, Ja'Tovia Gary explores the creative virtuosity of black performers, while posing questions about how these bodies embody the legacies of forced labour. Also discussing the theme of racism and the integration of the black community in the world, South accompanies two anti-racist and anti-fascist organisations by proposing a look at the power of the collective and singular voices in the society we build. 

Also noteworthy is the premiere of Witness, by multi-award winning director Ali Asgari, Victor in Paradise, by Brendan McHugh, Look Then Below, the third episode of the trilogy that Ben Rivers is building around the work of American writer Mark von Schlegell, Stump the Guesser, a new tome in the surreal and dreamlike cinematography of Canadian Guy Maddin, Physique de la tristesse, the latest animation by Theodore Ushev, Color-blind, by Ben Russell, a portrait made between French Polynesia and Brittany, which follows the "ghost" of Gaugin for the colonial legacy of the present and Casa Sol, by Lúcia Prancha, which explores the militant universe of the Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst. 

The new confirmations add to the already announced focus on the works of Isaki Lacuesta, Elena López Riera, Ana Elena Tejera and Ana Maria Gomes. The festival's programme, which this year takes place between 3 and 11 October, will be revealed over the coming weeks, as well as details on ticket purchases.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
A Night At The Opera, Sergei Loznitsa, France, 2020, DOC, 19'48''
Bella, Thelyia Petraki, Greece, 2020, FIC, DOC, 24'35''
Camille Sans Contact, Paul Nouhet, France, 2020, FIC, 15'
Correspondencia, Carla Simón, Dominga Sotomayor, Chile, Spain, 2020, DOC, 19'29''
Diarios del Exilio, Irene Gutiérrez, Spain, 2019, DOC, 43''
Dustin, Naïla Guiguet, France, 2020, FIC, 20''
Electric Swan, Konstantina Kotzamani, France, Greece, Argentina, 2019, FIC, 40''
Empty Places, Geoffroy De Crécy, France, 2020, ANI, 08'30''
Filles Bleues, Peur Blanche, Marie Jacotey, Lola Halifa-Legrand, France, 2020, ANI, 10''
Forastera, Lucía Aleñar Iglesias, Spain, 2020, FIC, 19''
Hidden, Jafar Panahi, France, Iran, 2020, DOC, 19''
Homeless Home, Alberto Vázquez, France, Spain, 2020, ANI, 10'
How to Disappear, Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf), Austria, 2020, ANI, DOC, 21''
L’effort Commercial, Sarah Arnold, Switzerland, France, 2020, FIC, 16'58''
La Bobine 11004, Mirabelle Fréville , France, 2020, DOC, 19'
Love Hurts, Elsa Rysto, France, 2020, FIC, 30'
Mi piel, luminosa, Nicolás Pereda, Gabino Rodríguez, Mexico, Canada, 2019, DOC, 39'
Nina, Hristo Simeonov, Bulgaria, 2020, FIC, 19'57''
On Est Pas Près D’être Des Super Héros, Lia Bertels, Belgium, Portugal, 2019, ANI, 12'48''
Os Olhos Na Mata E O Gosto Na Água, Luciana Mazeto, Vinícius Lopes, Brazil, Germany, 2020, DOC, 36'20''
Physique de la tristesse, Theodore Ushev, Canada, 2019, ANI, 27'
Pour Elsa, Carmen Leroi, France, 2020, FIC, 30'
Rio, Zhenia Kazankina, Russia, 2019, FIC, 22'
Something To Remember, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden, 2019, ANI, 5'
Souvenir Souvenir, Bastien Dubois, France, 2020, ANI, 15'
Stump the Guesser, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada, 2019, FIC, 19'
Subject to Review, Theo Anthony, USA, 2019, DOC, 38'
The End Of Suffering (A Proposal), Jacqueline Lentzou, Greece, 2020, FIC, 14'15''
The Kites, Seyed Payam Hosseini, Iran, 2020, FIC, 14'
The Unseen River, Pham Ngoc Lân, Vietname, Laos, 2020 , FIC, 23''
Victor In Paradise, Brendan McHugh, EUA, 2020, FIC, 13'20''
Waste No.4 New York, New York, Jan Ijäs, Finland, EUA, 2020, DOC, 19'30''
Witness, Ali Asgari, France, Iran 2020, FIC, 14'51''

EXPERIMENTAL COMPETITION
Aggregate States of Matters, Rosa Barba, Peru, Germany, 2019, DOC, 21'20''
Autoficción, Laida, USA, Spain, New Zealand, 2020, EXP, 14'
Casa do Sol, Lúcia Prancha, Portugal, Brazil, 2020 , EXP, 12'01''
Cézanne, Luke Fowler, United Kingdom, France, 2019, EXP, 6'36''
Color-blind, Ben Russell, France, Germany, 2019, EXP, 30'
Extraction: The Raft Of The Medusa, Salomé Lamas, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, 2019, 2020, EXP, 10'43''
Jiíbie, Laura Huertas Millán, Colombia, France, 2019, DOC, 25''
Look Then Below, Ben Rivers, United Kingdom, 2019, EXP, 22'30''
Notes Imprints (On Love) Part I, Alexandra Cuesta, USA, Equador, 2019, EXP, 18'40''
People on Sunday, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Thailand, 2020, EXP, 20'53''
Plática de una Flor, Helena Estrela, Spain, 2020, EXP, 2'44''
South, Morgan Quaintance, United Kingdom, 2020, DOC, EXP, 28'15''
The Giverny Document (Single Channel), Ja'Tovia M. Gary, USA, France, 2019, EXP, 40'
THORAX, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria, 2019, EXP, 8'
Una Película En Color, Bruno Delgado Ramo, Spain, 2019, DOC, 26'46''

Curtinhas and My Generation present complete program

28 August 2020
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The programming for the children's section of Curtas is closed and this year it reinforces its work with the school public. With a program that also extends to schools, where several film sessions will be held during and after the festival, Curtinhas will have, in 2020, a space totally dedicated to the school public.

The Municipal Auditorium of Vila do Conde will then be the room dedicated to the exhibition of films to students coming from the region's schools. A decision that aims to strengthen the security measures of the event, given the pandemic scenario we are going through. The registrations for schools are already open, being established a maximum limit per session of three classes from different schools and five classes from the same school.

 

Aiming also to reunite families with the cinema, Curtinhas will also organize family sessions, in a selection of films that travel through the universes and interests of different ages. Taking place in the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde, there will be sessions for Major 3, Major 6 and Major 10, as well as continuing the My Generation program, a section that involves students between 14 and 18 years of schools in the region, responsible for choosing these films, promote this action within the school space, prepare texts and synopses and present these sessions.

In total there will be 26 films organized in different thematic sessions that aim to open the doors to new formats of audiovisual consumption and the debate on themes that mark the lives and ways of being of Portuguese students. 

A selection of these films will also be available on the online platform of the festival, to be released very soon. Schools can choose to schedule sessions for their own schools or for the Auditorium and registrations can be made through the email s.educativo@curtas.pt.


PROGRAM
Curtinhas, M3
Au Large, Mathilde Pepinster, Belgium, 2019, ANI, 05’51’’
Souvenir, Cristina Vilches Estella, Paloma Canonica, Spain, Switzerland, 2019, ANI, 13’30’’
The Little Thief, Nicole Vanden Broeck, USA, 2019, ANI, 3’8’’
Black & White, Jesús Pérez, Gerd Gockell, Switzerland, Germany, 2020, ANI, 5’29’’
Liv&Bell The World Boutique And A Flying Ribbon, Natsuki Kida, Japan, 2019, ANI, 5’
Lístek, Aliona Baranova, Czech Republic, 2020, ANI, 6’
The Witch & The Baby, Evgenia Golubeva, Russia Federation, 2020, ANI, 4’45’’

Curtinhas, M6
To: Gerard, Taylor Meacham, USA, 2020, ANI, 7’
Boriya, Min Sung Ah, France, 2019, ANI, 17’13’’
O28, Otalia Caussé, Geoffroy Collin, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, Robin Merle, Fabien Meyran, France, 2019, ANI, 5’
Matilda And The Spare Head, Ignas Meilūnas, Lithuania, 2020, ANI, FIC, 13’9’’
Tobi And The Turbobus, Verena Fels, Marc Angele, Germany, 2019, ANI, 7’30’’

Curtinhas, M10
Luce & Me, Isabella Salvetti, Italy, 2019, FIC, 10’
Têtard, Jean-Claude Rozec, France, 2019, ANI, 13’40’’
Champ, Cassandra Offenberg, Netherlands, 2019, DOC, 15’30’’
In Deutschland, Christoph Rath, Germany, 2019, FIC, 14’41’’
Bach-Hông, Elsa Duhamel, France, 2019, ANI, 18’

My Generation
Carne, Camila Kater, Spain, Brazil, 2019, ANI, DOC, 12’
Amerigo Et Le Nouveau Monde, Luis Briceño, Laurent Crouzeix, France, Chile, 2019, ANI, DOC, 13’47’’
Song Sparrow, Farzaneh Omidvarnia, Iran, Denmark, 2019, ANI, 11’43’’
How To Disappear, Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf), Austria, 2020, ANI, DOC, 21’
I, Julia, Arvin Kananian, Sweden, 2020, FIC, 15’
Sangro, Tiago Minamisawa, Bruno H Castro, Guto BR, Brazil, 2019, ANI, 7’15’’
Goodbye Golovin, Mathieu Grimard, Canada, 2019, FIC, 14’1’’
On Fait Salon, Léa Forest, France, 2019, DOC, 25’
Yandere, William Laboury, France, 2019, FIC, 21’

 

Curtas premieres new section dedicated to amplifying new voices in world cinema

17 August 2020
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New Voices will be the new non-competitive section of Curtas de Vila do Conde which aims to be a space for the exhibition of emerging directors, whose work of short and first feature films already constitutes a consistent and differentiating body of work. At a time when the cinema is facing new challenges for its distribution, this programmatic space solidifies the commitment of the festival to discover new trends and support for cinematography that will mark the future of the sector. For the first edition the choice is made with female voices. Three directors, with different connections to the festival itself, whose work, in film, performance and installation, has mirrored, in a particularly idiosyncratic way, issues of identity, sense of belonging and connection to territories. Elena López Riera, Ana Elena Tejera and Ana Maria Gomes are the new voices to meet between October 3 and 11.

Elena López Riera is a Spanish visual artist and filmmaker, working since 2008 in Switzerland, where she teaches cinema and literature at the University of Geneva. She is co-founder of the Lacasinegra collective dedicated to research and experimentation of new audiovisual devices. Her first short film, Pueblo, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and her film Las vísceras was selected for the Locarno Film Festival, where she would win the Poardino de D'oro in 2018, with Los que desean. Her work questions the ways in which the new generations query the cultural heritage transmitted, as well as the ways in which individual actions represent the collective consciousness.

Ana Maria Gomes is a French-Portuguese artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and continued her studies at Le Fresnoy, specializing in video art. In 2004, she made her first short film Simomen, a portrait of her 14-year-old brother. In 2014, he directed Lindo António, a film about his uncle who left Portugal and went to Brazil 50 years ago - never to return. Gomes' work focuses on the role of fiction in the construction of personal identities, with particular focus on his intimate and family circle.

Ana Elena Tejera is a Panamanian filmmaker, visual artist and actress. She studied psychology, performing arts and documentary film and is currently a resident artist at Le Fresnoy. She studied with Béla Tarr, Pedro Costa, José Luis Guerin, Patricio Guzman, among others, and has also collaborated in the restoration of part of the Panamanian film archive at the Filmoteca de Catalunya. She is also creator and artistic director of the Festival de La Memoria, an artistic project of performance and installations in urban decontextualized spaces with images from political archives, and member of the Chroma Theatre Company of Barcelona. She is mainly interested in the crossing of audiovisual formats and performance. Tejera premiered his first feature film, Panquiaco, at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Using different languages, Tejera, Gomes and Riera's works are concerned with personal territories and intimacies, taking a close and contemporary look at issues related to their cultural heritage and inevitably taking root in the environment where they grew up. Through their films, they challenge us to problematize issues related to a cultural heritage marked by ancestral rituals and with a strong origin in male territory. The focus that Curtas de Vila do Conde dedicates to them will include the passage of Más Que A Mi Suerte, Pueblo, Las Vísceras, Los Que Desean, Panquiaco, António, Lindo António and Bustarenga.
Ana Maria Gomes won the National Competition in 2016 with António Lindo António, her most recent film Bustarenga being a production by Curtas CRL. Elena Lopez Riera was the winner of the last edition of the festival with the film Los que desean and Ana Elena Tejera has just directed Panquiaco, her first feature film, premiered at the Rotterdam festival, and shot between Vila do Conde and Panama. The festival's programme, which this year takes place between October 3rd and 11th, will be revealed over the coming months, as well as details on ticket purchases.

Program

António, Lindo António, Ana Maria Gomes, France, 2015, DOC, 41'47''
Bustarenga, Ana Maria Gomes, Portugal, France, 2019, DOC, 30''
Las Vísceras, Elena López Riera, Spain, France, 2016, FIC, 15''
Los Que Desean, Elena López Riera, Spain, Switzerland, 2018, FIC, 24''
Más Que A Mi Suerte, Elena López Riera, Spain, 2007, FIC, 14''
Panquiaco, Ana Elena Tejera, Panamá, 2020, DOC, 80'
Pueblo, Elena López Riera, Switzerland, Spain, 2015, FIC, 27''

New format and focus on Isaki Lacuesta's work are the first novelties of Curtas 2020

6 August 2020
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Filmmaker, producer, set designer, essayist, writer and curator, Isaki Lacuesta is one of the most interesting and outstanding Spanish artists today. From dance to music, to painting, literature or architecture, the list of areas in which the Spaniard has been intervening is long and multiverse. With more than a handful of films and documentaries for TV, his work has been screened all over the world, in venues as referential as the MOMA, the National Gallery in Washington or the Pompidou Center in Paris.

The program selected for Curtas Vila do Conde will include short and feature films, as well as the author's first exhibition in Portugal. Taking place at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, it will deal with the installation dimension of Lacuesta's work, who will be present in Vila do Conde to introduce his films and participate in a conference open to journalists and the public. Isaki Lacuesta will be accompanied by Isa Campo, an unquestionable creative partner, both in the writing of most of the screenplays of his films, and in the sharing of the directing.

Curtas Vila do Conde will take place this year between October 3 and 11, presenting a new format, adapted to the new reality and consumption habits. Along with the regular event in cinemas, that will once again have as its central spaces the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde, the Municipal Auditorium and Solar, the event will promote a set of initiatives in an online format, thus expanding its area of action and allowing the audience and the filmmakers to meet in a safe and close manner. Several sessions in VoD format are programmed, in partnership with Shift72, as well as the holding of debates, interviews and master classes in a virtual environment.

The festival programming will be revealed over the next few weeks, as well as details of ticket purchases.

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