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Mão Morta, Capitão Fausto, Pega Monstro, Evols, Chassol and Atlantic Coast Orchestra at the 25th Curtas Vila do Conde

4 June 2017
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Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival highlights, yet again, the crossing between cinema and music at the Stereo section, with concerts, film sessions and a music videos competition. In 2017, the festival hosts shows from Mão Morta, Capitão Fausto, Pega Monstro, Evols, Chassol and Atlantic Coast Orchestra.

In 8 july, the talented musicians Atlantic Coast Orchestra, directed by the maestro Luis Clemente, will interpret, live at Curtas Vila do Conde, a soundtrack written by the composer Andrew E. Simpson, for the classic silent film from Buster Keaton, The General (1926). The comedy accompanies Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) during the pursuit of a band of spies that hijacked his train, The General , with his bride Annabelle (Marion Mack) on board. Created in 2015, the Atlantic Coast Orchestra is an innovative project that gathers some of the best young professional musicians, developing a musical activity with high artistic standards.


On 12 july, the french Chassol presents himself for the first time with a surprising audiovisual show where he is going to present one of his most recent projects, Big Sun. Pianist, composer, arranger and music producer, Christophe Chassol has been getting the attention of the critics and conquering the admiration of musics like Franck Ocean, Flying Lotus, Solange and Thundercat. On his works, Chassol intends to "harmonize what is real", scoring life, the world and everything he finds and relates, on a technique that he named "ultrascore". His compositions articulate voices, music, sounds, and images, transforming them in singular audiovisual objects. On stage, images and recordings are combined with music, sort of an improvise where nothing is standard but everything flows naturally. The concert at Curtas Vila do Conde will be a multisense show and an unique opportunity to witness the musical genius of the frenchmen.


Capitão Fausto, one of the most acclaimed bands of the year, bring to Curtas Vila do Conde, on 14 of july, the album Os Capitão Fausto têm os dias contados, on an unique and original concert. At this show, the rock band from Lisbon presents itself on a special format, playing songs like CorazónAmanhã Tou Melhor and Morro na Praia, while revisiting the moments that where on the creation of those songs through excerpts of the documentary Pontas Soltas. Directed by Ricardo Oliveira, the film, presented at Curtas Vila do Conde on a new version, follows the creative process and also the backtage of the recording of the third album of the group.

On the same year that mark the 25th anniversary of Mutantes S21Mão Morta go up on stage of the Teatro Municipal, on saturday 15 july, to a complete presentation of the mythic album. Adolfo Lúxuria Canibal band returns to the festival where it performed nine years ago, for a concert that celebrates the record that placed Mão Morta on the radar of the portuguese rock. This concert will revisit all the songs from Mutantes S21 and a selection of other works from the band. Using as a premiss the special edition of the album that in 1992 was launched with a comic book, Mão Morta have invited 15 portuguese illustrators - Alex Gozblau, André Coelho, André Covas, Ângela Vieira, António Gonçalves, Esgar Acelerado, João Lemos, João Maio Pinto, José Carlos Costa, Marco Mendes, Marco Moura, Miguel Ogoshi, Raquel Costa, Sebastião Peixoto and Tiago Manuel - to create a work that points to each of the record theme. Over those illustrations, João Martinho Moura, Digital Art artist, will create a visual work, performing live with the band.


The Auditório Municipal of Vila do Conde - place that hosted the first 18th editions of Curtas Vila do Conde and where the festival returns in 2017 to mark the 25th anniversary - receives the bands Evols (9 july) and Pega Monstro (10 july) to presentation concerts of their new albuns Evols III and A Casa de Cima, respectively.


The price for the tickets of these shows cost between 5 and 14 euros and are for sale at Teatro Municipal of Vila do Conde and on Bilheteira Online. The holders of the festival's Free Pass have free access, except for the the concerts of Mão Morta and Capitão Fausto, for which they have a 50% discount. This general pass, for sale exclusively at the Curtas Vila do Conde website for 35 euros, assures also the acces to all film sessions.


On the Stereo section there will be presented, on 13 july, Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith, directed by Stuart Staples, the frontman from Tindersticks, band the sold out two shows at Curtas Vila do Conde in 2015. This film is a tribute to the pioneer work of F. Percy Smith, inventor and filmmaker from the early 20th century that developed cinematographic capture technics of the nature secrets on action. Using found footage from F. Percy Smith himself and using the musical experience of Stuart, the film creates a silent narrative that opens room to new readings on the original work of the British documentarian. The feature film has an original soundtrack from Tindersticks, in collaboration with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott.


The Music Video Competition will present once again a selection of the best portuguese music videos, innovative on the art of combining music and cinema. Always trying to keep up with the evolution of the genres and the filmmaking way, dedicated on the latest years exclusively to national production, has screening works from some of the artists that stand out  on the area, amonsgt them André Tentugal, Vasco Mendes, Paulo Furtado and Rodrigo Areias.


The 25th Curtas Vila do Conde, that runs between 8 and 16 of july, has the support of the MEDIA/Europa Criativa program, the Municipality of Vila do Conde, the Ministry of Culture, the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual and several other important partners to the organization of the festival.