Curtas Vila do Conde presents special program at Kasseler Dokfest

3 November 2017
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On November 18th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival will present a special programme at Kasseler Dokfest with several films produced by Curtas Metragens CRL: "Strokkur" by João Salaviza, "Exodus" by Nicolas Provost, "Undisclosed Recipients" by Sandro Aguilar, "Night Without a Distance" by Lois Patiño and "The Dockworker's Dream" by Bill Morrison. The session International film festivals in profile: Curtas Vila do Conde will be presented by Mário Micaelo, co-diretor of the festival. 

The festival, dedicated to documentary films, runs from November 14 to 19 in Germany.

New Curtas Metragens CRL production premieres at 14th IndieLisboa

5 April 2017
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The short film “Exterminator Seed” by Pedro Neves Marques, a new production by Curtas Metragens CRL, will be presented in world premiere at the 14th edition of IndieLisboa - International Film Festival, which runs from 3 to 14 May.

The 26-minute fiction follows a worker from an oil rig evacuated to Rio de Janeiro after a spill that contaminates the Brazilian coast.

An oil spill contaminates the Brazilian coast. Capivara, an offshore oil rig worker, is evacuated back to Rio de Janeiro, where the locals remain ignorant of the incoming disaster. Despite the danger, Capivara wishes only to return to the offshore oil fields. In the city, he is aided by Ywy, a woman who convinces him to travel to her homeland of Mato Grosso do Sul, in search for work in the soya and corn monocultural plantations. There, Ywy tells him about the infertility proper to those transgenic plants and an android like her. But Capivara, a human, is incapable of understanding her.

Pedro Neves Marques is a visual artist, director and writer; he lives between Lisbon and New York. He is the editor of the book, "The Forest and the School: Where to Sit at the Dinner Table?" (Archive Books, 2015), an anthology on anthropology and Brazilian Antropofagia, and the author of the fiction books "Morrer na América" (Abysmo Editora and Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2017) and "The Integration Process" (Atlas Projectos, 2012). Among other venues, he has exhibited at Contour8 Biennial of Moving Image (Mechelen), Fundación Botín (Santander), Sursock Art Museum (Beirut), e-flux (New York), Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Sculpture Center (New York), Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador), EDP Foundation (Lisbon) and Serralves Museum for Contemporary Art (Oporto), as well as in DocLisboa Cinema Festival and Indie Lisboa International Film Festival. Together with artist Mariana Silva, he runs inhabitants, an online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting. 

Curtas Vila do Conde at SACO - Contemporary Audiovisual Week of Oviedo

10 March 2017
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Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has prepared a selection of short films to be presented next Thursday, March 16, at SACO - Contemporary Audiovisual Week of Oviedo, which will take place between March 10 and 19 in that Spanish city.


The session is composed by the films "Penúmbria" by Eduardo Brito, "Friends After Dark" by Rita Barbosa, "A Brief History of Princess X" by Gabriel Abrantes and "Small Town" by Diogo Costa Amarante, presented in world premiere at the portuguese competition of Curtas Vila do Conde in 2016, "It Would Piss me Off To Die So Yooooong..." by Filipe Abraches and "Fragments" by José Miguel Ribeiro screened in the "Portuguese Panorama" of the festival that same year.


Friday, March 17, Curtas Vila do Conde will be hosting one of the Spanish festival parties with a DJ Set of Curtas Sound System, a duo composed by Miguel Dias and Sérgio Gomes.

CURTAS VILA DO CONDE SOUNDSYSTEM

Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival has a strong tradition of music events beyond its core film programme, which can be explained for the festival’s desire for integration of other artistic forms related to cinema, but also for the personal music interests of its team members and programmers. In this particular case, the music proposed by Miguel Dias and Sérgio Gomes is also a good analogy of another important festival feature, the dialogue between history and cutting edge cinema, covering genres from obscure soul and deep funk classics to its electronic counterpoints such as ghetto-funk, glitch-hop and future beats.

Miguel Dias is a record collector interested in all shapes of jazz, soul, funk, latin and african music, specially from the 1960’s and 70’s. He’s also part of the Sete Magníficos, a collective of Porto DJs spinning classic 7" records.


Sérgio Gomes is a DJ since 1998. He has always shown an interest for contemporary and avant-garde electronic music. With its BREAKS lda. label he’s also a promoter of electronic music events in Portugal, and hosts a weekly radio show at RUM.

Diogo Costa Amarante awarded at Berlinale

20 February 2017
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“Cidade Pequena / Small Town” by Diogo Costa Amarante has won, last Saturday, the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.


The jury, made by the geran artist Christian Jankowski, the north-american curator Kimberly Drew and by the Chilean programmer Carlos Núñez, took special note of the several framings of the film that “recalls the attention to detail, present on the paintings of the Italian renascence.”


With the director sister and nephew as stars, “Small Town” is based on a real-life episode where Francisco discovers in school that people have head, torso and limbs and, if the heart stops, they would die. This fiction is a thought process about the awareness over death, time and family.

The 20 minute short film, with Curtas Metragens CRL production, premiered in July 2016 on the 24th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival and is part of the distribution catalogue of Agência da Curta Metragem.


Present also at the short film competition that took place at the German capital, between 9 and 19 of February, were “Altas Cidades de Ossadas / High Cities of Bone” by João Salaviza – who won the award in 2012 with “Rafa” – and “Coup de Grâce" by Salomé Lamas. “Os Humores Artificiais” de Gabriel Abrantes was the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.

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