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New Section at Curtas: Cinema Revisitado

12 June 2019
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It is not new the concern of  Curtas Vila do Conde with the cinematographic patrimony. Committed in the mission to value the place of short film in the history of cinema, the festival throughout its 27 editions has been contributing to the creation of an alternative vision of the cinematic heritage, recovering and programming some of the most essential works of the seventh art.

A commitment that now assumes itself as a festival section, with the launch of a new programmatic space that will promote the return to the festival venues rare or unknown films, restored versions, cinema about cinema and visual rehearsals. In this first edition, the section Cinema Revisitado includes an unreleased film by António Reis, a cycle that marks the 50th anniversary of the death of writer and poet José Régio and a special session with the first animated films of Walt Disney.

Filmmaker, poet and teacher, António Reis is one of the insurmountable names in the history of portuguese cinema. Alone, or next to Margarida Cordeiro, contributed in an absolutely unique way to what we understand today as Portuguese cinema. His work, particularly committed to the record the rural life and the ethnography of a country in the hands of a  dictatorship, raises the veil over discussions about memory, temporality and territory, having influenced several generations of filmmakers who succeeded it. Curtas will show, for the first time, "Do Céu ao Rio", in a session that will also include several films by Sergei Parajanov. Considered one of the great masters of cinema of the twentieth century, Parajanov owns a work with a particular poetic vein, having been one of the main responsible for deflecting the course of Eastern European cinema history, breaking with the realistic aesthetic imposed by the regime of the ex-Soviet Union. In Vila do Conde, "Hakob Hovnatanyan", "Kiev Frescoes" and "Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme" will be presented.

It seems to be undeniable that the meeting between José Régio and Manoel de Oliveira was a decisive moment for the artistic life of both. If the first has influenced in a decisive way the  the universe of literary references of the second, it will be mainly through the cinema of Manoel Oliveira that is, today, the main door to the Régio's literature. In the year that marks the 50th anniversary of his death, Curtas recovers in Vila do Conde, the land where he has lived all his life, the films that link the writer and filmmaker.

It will be a unique and free access session that will screen some of the first color classics produced by Walt Disney. A series of masterpieces, nowadays considered essential in the history of cinema, which are a testimony to how the vision of the american would mark the entertainment industry worldwide. From the short "Flowers and Trees" to the hit "Three Little Pigs" (the first in a Disney movie series to win the Oscar in the best animation category), through the first appearance of Donald Duck in the movies with "The Wise Little Hen" or the remake from the classic "The Ugly Duckling", by Hans Christian Andersen. Entertainment also in the presentation of the restored $K print of "Rambo: First Blood". Presented in Cannes this year, the first of the saga featuring Sylvester Stallone, has been restored from the original negatives, respecting the artistic choices of the original production.
The new section of the festival will also includes the screening of "Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen", a rarely seen documentary by João César Monteiro, marking the centenary of the author's birth, and the film-concert "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" by Robert Wiene, performed live by the cellist Marta Navarro and composer and sound artist Tiago Cutileiro.

The 27th Curtas Vila do Conde, from 6 to 14 July, has the support of the MEDIA/Creative Europe program, the Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, ICA - Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, among many other partners. 


Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme, Sergei Parajanov, Armenia, 1985, 25'
Do Céu ao Rio, António Reis, César Guerra Leal, Portugal, DOC, 1964
Hakob Hovnatanyan, Sergei Parajanov, Armenia, DOC, 1967, 10'
Kiev Frescoes, Sergei Parajanov, Armenia, 1966, 15'
Rambo: First Blood, Ted Kotcheff, USA, FIC, 1982, 97'
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, João César Monteiro, Portugal, DOC, 1969, 19'
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, Germany, 1919, FIC, 55' (filme-concerto)
The Movie Orgy − Ultimate Version, Joe Dante, USA, DOC, 1968, 280'

Sessão José Régio

A Glória de Fazer Cinema em Portugal, Manuel Mozos, Portugal, FIC, 2015, 15'
As Pinturas do meu Irmão Júlio, Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, DOC, 1965, 15'
Douro Faina Fluvial, Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, DOC, 1931, 20'
O Poeta Doido, o Vitral e a Santa Morta, Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, DOC, 2008, 7'
Romance de Vila do Conde, Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, DOC, 2008, 6'

Sessão Disney Technicolor

Flowers and Trees, Burt Gillett, USA, ANI, 1932, 8'
The Goddess of Spring, Wilfred Jackson, USA, ANI, 1934, 10'
The Golden Touch, Walt Disney, USA, ANI, 1935, 10'
The Old Mill, Wilfred Jackson, USA, ANI, 1937, 9'
The Tortoise and the Hare, Wilfred Jackson, USA, ANI, 1935, 9'
The Ugly Duckling, Jack Cutting, Clyde Geronimi, USA, ANI, 1939, 9'
The Wise Little Hen, Wilfred Jackson, USA, ANI, 1934, 8'
Three Little Pigs, Burt Gillett, USA, ANI, 1933, 9'