Curtas Vila do Conde 2022 programme is closed

21 June 2022
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The programme for the 30th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde is closed. Taking place between July 9th and 17th, the festival will once again be marked by a competitive programme that gathers discoveries, renowned names and a new generation of filmmakers coming out of film schools. Highlighted in the International Competition for this year 2022 are the new films by Radu Jude, Antonin Peretjatko, Hlynur Pálmason, Yann Gonzalez and Tsai Ming-liang. Apart from the competitive programmes, the national premieres of the section Da Curta à Longa (From Short to Feature) should also be pointed out: Fogo Fátuo by João Pedro Rodrigues, O Joelho de Ahed by Nadav Lapid, and Saudade do Futuro by Anna Azevedo. The three directors will be in Vila do Conde to present the sessions and talk to the public. In the New Voices section, the French director Céline Devaux will also be in the spotlight in a programme that includes, among others, Toda a Gente Gosta de Jeanne, a Portuguese co-production shot in Lisbon and premiered at the last Cannes Festival. 

A major name in Romanian cinema, Radu Jude is a regular presence in national festivals. With a work that provokes a re-reading of world history, the director (who will be in Vila do Conde this year) premieres in Portugal The Potemkinists, a comedy about art, memory and the strength of resistance. In The Night, Tsai Ming-Liang presents a mesmerizing portrait of the rhythm, beauty and changes of the city of Hong Kong. A singular voice among his generation, Yann Gonzalez's filmography is marked by the baroque and poetic visual language with which he addresses the issues of identity and sexuality. In Hideous we follow pop star Oliver Sim (member of The XX) as a talk show interview turns into a surreal journey of love, shame and massacre. In a diametrically opposite look (and in many moments symbolically related to time we have all spent, in the last two years, at home), Icelandic Hlynur Pálmason films, en Nest, a story where three brothers build a tree house together for a year. Beauty and brutality mix in the images of the brothers' struggles and joys, while, in the background, the seasons change. In his fourth appearance at the festival, Antonin Peretjatko captures, in Yellow Saturday, two years of the Yellow Vests seen through the eyes of a man the same age as Emmanuel Macron. 
At a time when Portuguese cinema has been asserting itself (both in terms of presence and prizes) in the international film festival circuit, the National Competition of Curtas de Vila do Conde is inevitably marked by the screening of films premiered, among others, in Cannes and Berlin. Special note to the Portuguese premieres of Aos Dezasseis by Carlos Lobo; Ice Merchants by João Gonzalez; Garrano by David Doutel and Vasco Sá and Skola di Tarafe by Sónia Vaz Borges and Filipa César. Also making its national premiere, in what is the first time the film is shown in festivals: See You Later Space Island by Alice dos Reis. In its world premiere, Curtas will show O Casaco Rosa by Mónica Santos, O Teu Peso em Ouro by Sandro Aguilar, Pê by Margarida Vila-Nova, Saturno by Luís Costa and André Guiomar; Uma Rapariga Imaterial by André Godinho, As Sacrificadas by Aurélie Oliveira Pernet, Heitor sem Nome by Vasco Saltão; Raticida by João Niza Ribeiro and Segunda Pessoa by Rita Barbosa. 

Outside the competitions, Curtas Vila do Conde will also screen O Homem do Lixo by Laura Gonçalves, Azul by Ágata Pinto, Tornar-se Um Homem na Idade Média by Pedro Neves Marques, By Flávio by Pedro Cabeleira and Catraias by Tânia Dinis. 

The Experimental Competition will present 19 works in their national premieres, including When There Is No More Music To Write, And Other Roman Stories, by Eric Baudelaire and A Human Certainty, by Morgan Quaintance. 

The 30th edition of Curtas also includes a special programme developed for young people and family audiences (Curtinhas and My Generation), the Take One! competition dedicated to school films and a selection of short films proposed by the European Film Academy. Added to the Stereo programme, the screening of Agora e Para Sempre, a documentary about the history and career of Da Weasel. Also of note is Curtas 30 Years, Documentary Exhibition, a journey through the history and evolution of Curtas, through a set of leaflets, posters, catalogues, books and other publications that have marked these last 30 years.

Already announced were the focus on the Spanish directors Carla Simón (who will integrate the premiere of Alcarràs) and Chema García Ibarra, as well as the exhibition and film programme proposed by Marie Losier and David Legrand (in partnership with Temporada Portugal-France 2022) and the programmes of Cinema Revisited with focuses on the work of António Campos, François Reichenbach (in partnership with the Serralves Foundation) and Alain Resnais. 

Curtas' full programme is available HERE