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Anticipating the growing attention that the documental cinema received in the beginning of the 20th century, Curtas Vila do Conde, in 2000, dedicated a retrospective to the work of the filmmaker from Kazakhstan, Sergei Dvortsevoy (born in 1961), considered by the, even if small, number of works as one of the great names of the new generation documental cinema. Without defrauding all the expectations and already at the disciplinary crossing between fictional and documental cinema, his film “Tulpan” was awarded with the “Un Certain Regard” award from the 61st Cannes Festival.


The films “Paradise” (1995), “Bread Day” (1998) and “Highway” (1999) were part of the program presented at Vila do Conde, which are works that bring back the language and simplicity of means of the direct cinema. Yet, Dvortsevoy’s work goes even further, joining together the creation of works that are clearly personal with an exclusive method of observation. Taking the relevance of the degree of staging on his works to a support role, the filmmaker “reinvents” the sequential shot, frequently explored on his documentaries.


Still on the 8th Curtas Vila do Conde, Dvortsevoy was part of the official jury.