Thurston Moore at Curtas Vila do Conde

23 May 2019
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The program for STEREO is finished, a section of Curtas Vila do Conde that combines the best of two worlds: music and cinema. The 27th edition of the festival brings to Vila do Conde, Thurston Moore, The Heliocentrics, Montanhas Azuis and a collaboration between Tiago Cutileiro and Marta Navarro.

Thurston Moore moved to New York upon entering adulthood to play punk. Four years later he founded Sonic Youth, a band that changed the way a whole generation thought and performed experimentation in rock. As a solo artist, he is, still today, one of the names that more path breaks in the creation of new languages ​​in collision with the mainstream standards. From improvisation to purest rock, from acoustic composition to noise there seems to be no spaces where Moore does not feel comfortable. The same can be said of the numerous collaborations he made with other artists such as Yoko Ono, David Toop, Cecil Taylor, Faust or Irmin Schmidt (CAN), who still gave him time to do poetry or give writing lessons. In music, he continues to go onstage with The Thurston Moore Group, however he will perform solo in July in Vila do Conde. On this comeback, Thurston Moore has the challenge of composing for a selection of short films by Maya Deren, one of the most iconic American avant-garde filmmakers and one of the first women to build a career as a film director. Witch Cradle, At Land, Ritual in Transfigured Time and Meshes of the Afternoon are the films that will make up this movie-concert.


London psychedelic jazz collective The Heliocentrics have their roots in the ‘90s when drummer Malcolm Catto recorded for Mo’Wax and Jazzman They recorded their breakthrough album for Stones Throw, ‘Out There’ in 2007, and have since then solidified their place among the most interesting names of music of the last decades. Balancing the exotic and the "strange", the universe of The Heliocentrics is vast and evolutionary. Their discography is a document of a journey between the different incarnations of jazz and funk and their incredible list of collaborations is a kind of introduction to the names that marked the post-Mo'Wax movement from MF Doom to Ethio jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, from jazzman Lloyd Miller to Afro soul Godfather, Orlando Julius. In July, the collective will  films. A cutting-edge filmmaker, Smith has collected thousands of Victorian magazine prints for decades to create some of the most creative animations American cinema knows. Upholsteries recall the collages of Max Ernst, where spaces in transformation, made up of antiques, artifacts and creatures serve as background for the stories of delirious heroes and heroines.


Three of the most important names of contemporary Portuguese music, alone or in the various projects that inhabit the cultural production of the country, the sonorous universes of Marco Franco, Norberto Lobo and Bruno Pernadas are far from being simple and predictable. Holders of a language in a constant state evolution, conquered with their records some of the most disputed tops of the critics and the wide respect of public and theirs peers. In January they edited Ilha de Plástico under the name Montanhas Azuis, a space for experimentation towards analog instruments, from guitars to synthesizers. Live (in the rare presentations they make) they show us environmental songs, interludes with healing powers, cosmic journeys, folk with jazz frills, and low-resolution electronic landscapes, among other surprising ideas that may arise in the meantime. Or ideas with images, for there is also Pedro Maia involved in all of this, the cinematic guide to this adventurous trip. This event has the support of SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores.


STEREO opening session will show Das Cabinett Des Dr. Caligari, by Robert Wiene, one of the greatest references of the German expressionist movement in cinema. Cellist Marta Navarro and composer and sound artist Tiago Cutileiro will be responsible for the creation of an original music and interpretation for the film. Commissioned by Curtas this project intends to construct a sonorous environment for the silent story of a hypnotist who commits homicides during crises of somnambulism. This film, which was shot in the autumn of 1919 and almost 100 years ago, gives the motto to the exhibition The Case Caligari, which opens on the first day of the festival, at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery.


Tickets for these performances cost between 7 and 16 euros and may be purchased at Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde and at the online box office (BOL).


The 27th Curtas Vila do Conde, which be held from July 6th to 14th, has the support of the MEDIA / Creative Europe program, the Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, ICA - Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and several others indispensable partners of the festival.



Tiago Cutileiro + Marta Navarro - Das Cabinett Des Dr. Caligari 
Date: Saturday 6 July 17h30
Place: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Price: €7 (pre-sale until 5th July) / €8 (from 6th July) 
Tickets: here

Thurston Moore with films by Maya Deren
Date: Wednesday, 10 July, 21h00
Place: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Price: €14 (pre-sale until 5th July) / €16 (from 6th July) 
Tickets: here

The Heliocentrics – Heaven and Earth Magic
Date , 12 July 23h45
Place: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Preço: €8 (pre-sale until 5th July) /  / €10 (from 6th July) 
Tickets: here

Montanhas Azuis + Pedro Maia
With the support SPA - Sociedade Portugesa de Autores
Date: Saturday, 13 July, 23h45
Local: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Preço: €7 (pre-sale until 5th July) / €8  (from 6th July)
Tickets: here



Curtinhas looking for jury

17 May 2019
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Are you between 8 and 12 years old? Do you like movies? So we have a challenge for you!
Join the Jury Curtinhas do Curtas Vila do Conde and help choose the best film of the children's competition of the 27th edition of the festival, which will run from July 6 to 14. At the closing ceremony, you will be able to announce the winning film and award the MAR Shopping Matosinhos Awards to the award-winning director.
The elements of this special jury, composed of 15 children, will receive a free-pass for the children's sessions of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde and a T-shirt Curtinhas.
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About the Curtinhas ...
The Curtinhas is a mini-festival inside the Curtas Vila do Conde that brings together parents and children sharing a week of cinema. This section of the festival, which starts with an animated film for the whole family, is made up of a short film competition, the Playground to Play Cinema and workshops and ludic activities linked to moving images.
With dozens of films in competition, the Competition Curtinhas presents a selection of works from around the world made to think about the youth audience. The winning film will be chosen by a jury composed of children from 8 to 12 years old, who will award the MAR Shopping Matosinhos Fair at the Festival Closing Ceremony on July 14.
During the nine days of the festival, the Children's Playground at Cinema will host various activities for children from 4 to 12 years old, allowing parents to attend the film sessions while their children enjoy a place of fun and learning, under the guidance of a team of trainers. This space will have a schedule coinciding with that of the sessions and a permanent schedule consisting of short ateliers, viewing of films and the performance of other activities related to cinema.

Todd Solonz: Director in focus of the 27th Edition of Curtas Vila do Conde

20 March 2019
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Filmmaker Todd Solondz is the director in focus of the 27th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, which this year will take place from July 6 to 14.

Todd Solondz is one of the leading independent American filmmakers and will attend the festival to present a retrospective of his filmography, from the films that contributed to his critical breakthrough in the 1990s, such as "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (1995) and "Happiness" (1998), to his more recent works, such as "Dark Horse" (2011) or "Wiener Dog" (2016). The retrospective will take place from July 6 to 10 at Vila do Conde Municipal Theater.
Known for his irony, Solondz challenges viewers to overcome prejudices through his gaze, even if pessimistic has the gift of teaching us to face life through the tenderness of his characters. It portrays the darker side of the human being, but with a good deal of humor, in a visceral analysis explored through a tragicomic vision.
Todd Solondz will be in Vila do Conde to present his work and, on the 10th July, the festival goers will have the chance to attend a talk with the director at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde.
Solondz visit to Portugal will also include the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University where he will participate at the Summer School and present one of his films in the city of Porto, on July 5th, a screening that will open the retrospective at Curtas Vila do Conde.

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