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STANLEY KUBRICK;

 

The American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is one of the most iconic figures of the late XX century cinema. His monumental works continue to influence new filmmakers, cinema and visual artists, as well as contemporary art creators. Films like “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), “The Shinning”, (1980), “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) or even “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999) are essential works of the cinematic art and narrative experimentation.

 

The special program of the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde, “2012 Kubrick Odyssey” was, for that fact, a celebration of the brilliance of the filmmaker and the sphere of influence of his works.

 

The most important moment of this celebration revolved around an exhibition in Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, with works from directors and visual artists that stand on the philosophical and cinematic importance of Stanley Kubrick such as Graham Gussin, Johan Thur"ell, Nicolas Provost, Sheena Macrae and the Portuguese Pedro Tudela, Miguel Soares, Alexandre Estrela, João Tabarra and João Onofre. These works, mostly produced in the 20th century, where the result, not only because of the fascination that some famous Kubrick works like “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “The Shinning” generated, but also the kindness revealed by the true humanism of the director. On the other hand some of the presented videos where the result of a random appropriation of images already in films by Kubrick and then open to new meanings.

 

Along with this exhibition, the festival showcased a program with some of the most popular films by the director like “The Shinning” or “A Clockwork Orange”, along with a less known film “The Killing”. Another of the highlights of “2012 Kubrick Odyssey” was the screening of the documentary “Stanley Kubrick – A Life in Pictures” (2001), with the presence of Jan Harlan, the director. Harlan, who accompanied Kubrick’s personal life since he is Christiane Kubrick’s brother, widow of the director, was the executive producer of several of his films and followed the preparation of the epic “Napoleon”, a project that, unfortunately, was never made.