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Highlights of the day : July 8th

8 July 2017
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Curtas Vila do Conde starts today and there are many highlights throughout the day!

"Despicable Me 3" is the opening movie of Curtinhas section, dedicated to children. After being fired from the Antivillain League, for letting a very dangerous villian escape, Gru finds out that he has a brother named Dru, that wants him to back on the track to being a villain. Will he refuse the offer? Or will he be tempted by his old ways? To be seen at 3.30pm.

The festival's official opening session, at 6.30pm, features de movie "The Other Side of Hope", by Aki Kaurismäki. This is the return of the most portuguese of the finnish directors, with a new movie from his port trilogy. "The Other Side of Hope" tells the story of an encountering between a syrian refugee and a poker player. At 11pm, we have "Certain Women", by Kelly Reichardt, telling the story of three women, meeting in three small american towns, showing the subtle imperfections of their existence.

Celebrating its 25 years of existence, Curtas decided to give Carte Blanche to 25 personalities, so they could choose their favorite movie seen at Curtas. In today's session we have choices by Daniel Ribas and Ricardo Alexandre, with the movies "Corpo e Meio", by Sandro Aguilar and "Bicicleta" by Luís Vieira Campos. To be seen at 9.45pm.

In the Stereo Section, the Atlantic Coast Orchestra is playing a live show, with a soundtrack by the composer Andrew E. Simpson, along with the movie "The General", by Buster Keaton. This comedy tells the story of Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) during the chase of a group of spies that stole his train, The General, with his fiancé Annabell (Marion Mack) on board. The Atlantic Coast Orchestra was formed in 2015 and it's an inovating project that gathers some of the best young players, developing a musical project of high quality.

Still today, the exhibition "Terra", at Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática is inaugurated at 5pm, featuring works by Gabriel Abrantes (in cooperation with Ben Rivers), Priscila Fernandes, Pedro Neves Marques, Joana Pimenta, Lúcia Prancha, Francisco Queimadela and Mariana Caló.

Still today, you can see a session of the Panorama Europeu, featuring movies from Belgium, and three session of Short Matters, with some of the best shortcuts seen at european festival.

Finally, at 11pm, we'll have the opening party, at Café do Parque.