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Lois Patiño presents his first exhibition in Portugal

5 December 2014
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After his presence in the past editions of Curtas Vila do Conde — International Film Festival, the Galician director Lois Patiño presents his first exhibition in Portugal. "A Double Immobility" opens on December 13th, by 6 pm, at Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, in Vila do Conde, Porto. Under the scope of the Cave project, dedicated to the promotion of emerging authors, Patiño invited the Spanish artist Carla Andrade to exhibit her work at Solar during the same period.

"A Double immobility" presents a series of video installations filmed in different locations - Iceland, Morocco, France and Galicia - including an original work created especially for this exhibition.

Exploring the concept of landscape, the work of Lois Patiño establishes a dialogue between body and space, space and time, movement and stillness, leading the viewer to observe the images through a new perspective and to reflect on their situation as a human being in a certain period of time. For this, the gallery is transformed into a space that allows a landscape experience from a contemplative and sensory vision.

In addition to the landscape, video installations related to body experience as something ghostly will also be presented. In the images, totally immobile individuals are presented contrasting with the natural elements that are moving: the water of the river, the tree branches and the light. Lois Patiño therefore follows the concept of the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, establishing a difference between "horizontal time", which is the time of nature, wind and water, and the "vertical time", the poetic image, inner time experienced by consciousness.

Under the scope of the Cave project, dedicated to promoting the work of emerging authors, Patiño invited the Spanish artist Carla Andrade to exhibit her work at Solar during the same period. In "The Overflowing" we immerse ourselves in a symbolic trip through a subjective nature, which is experienced directly, without analysing it. Working mainly in photography, Carla Andrade has a powerful and poetic work in video and 8mm. The artist also collaborated in "Costa da Morte", the award-winning documentary directed by Lois Patiño. The feature film had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, where Lois Patiño received the award for Best Emerging Director. Subsequently, "Costa da Morte" has been presented on many and prestigious international film festivals and was awarded in South Korea, Mexico, Italy, Chile and Spain.

Lois Patiño
 was born in Vigo (Spain) in 1983. He combined his Psychology studies in the Complutense University of Madrid with cinema studies at TAI School. He followed his cinema education at NYFA, in New York and with the Master in Documentary Film at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He has developed courses of videocreation in the UdK of Berlin, and in different ateliers with artist and filmmakers such as Joan Jonas, Donald Kuspit, Pedro Costa, Víctor, Erice, José Luis Guerín or Daniel Canogar. His videos and videoinstalations have been shown in art centres such as Centro Cultura San Martín (Buenos Aires), Casa Encendida (Madrid), CCCB (Barcelona), MARCO (Vigo), Fundación Luis Seoane (A Coruña). His films have been screened in international film festivals such as Locarno, Rotterdam, San Francisco FF, Ann Arbour, Cinema du Rèel, Rome IFF, Viennale, Jhilava, Curtas Vila do Conde, Media City, Punto de Vista, Rencontres Internationales París/ Berlín/ Madrid (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), and also at Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), among many other presentations.


A few notes on “A Double Immobility” by Ángel Calvo Ulloa

"Reconversion" now available on DVD

14 October 2014
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"Reconversion" by Thom Andersen is now available on DVD in our online store and Portuguese FNAC’s. This edition which marks the beginning of the partnership between Curtas Vila do Conde and FNAC is on sale for 4 euros and includes as extras the short film "Vulgar Fractions" by Peter Bo Rappmund and 20 movie frames. Subtitles: English / Español / Português.

“Reconversion” portrays 17 buildings and projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied usually by his own writings. It is a search for his architecture, without critical commentary.


Only the tour guide at Braga Stadium offers generalizations, which fit that work well enough, but it may be the exception, not the rule. Souto Moura has the last word: “If there is nothing there, I invent a preexistence.”


Technically, “Reconversão” combines the crudeness of proto-cinema with the hyperrealism of digital cinema, bringing us back to the ideals of Dziga Vertov. Shooting only one or two frames per second and animating the images, in the manner of Muybridge, produces greater resolution, although not necessarily a greater sense of reality, and brings attention to the movements of water and vegetation that generally pass unnoticed.

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"É o Amor" at Sophia Awards 2014

17 September 2014
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“É o Amor", by João Canijo, was named by the Portuguese Academy of Cinema to Sophia Awards 2014 in five categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.


The feature film resulted from an order o Curtas Metragens, responsible for Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, to the Portuguese director João Canijo in the Estaleiro program, involving a group of young film students who joined the team of the film.


The winners will be known on October 8.

"The Mother and The Sea" in the theaters

22 May 2014
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After a remarkable journey in the international film festivals, "The Mother and The Sea", by Gonçalo Tocha, arrives for the first time to the Portuguese theaters.

In Lisbon, the documentary will be in exhibition at the Cinema City Alvalade from May 29. In Porto, the film will be presented at Passos Manuel in three sessions: on May 30, with the presence of the director, and on 8th and 9th of June, at 9:30 PM.

Distributed by Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency, the film was produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project with the participation of a group of film students from Porto.

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