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Tribute to Curtas Vila do Conde in Locarno

16 July 2012
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The Locarno International Film Festival did a hommage to Curtas Vila do Conde, screening a special program with the four short films commissioned for the celebration of ours 20 Years (in the two screening sessions, the films had 420 spectators). The festival of Locarno is one of the largest film festivals in Europe and will take place from 1 to 11 August.

This tribute will then be composed by the screening of the four productions of Vila do Conde: "Land of My Dreams" by Yann Gonzalez, "O Milagre de Santo António", by Sergei Loznitsa, "Reconversão", by Thom Andersen; and "O Canto do Rocha", by Helvécio Marins Jr. These four films had its world premiere in the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde with great public success and critical acclaim.

This international premiere was an important place for Curtas Vila do Conde and specially for the films, that are now starting to receive invitations for other international festivals.

Also in this edition of the Locarno Film Festival will be screened other Portuguese films: "O Dom das Lágrimas" by João Nicolau; "O Que Arde Cura", by João Rui Guerra da Mata; "Zwazo", by Gabriel Abrantes (the first two were shown in the Portuguese Panorama of the 20th Vila do Conde, the third in the Portuguese Competition). Also selected was the new feature film of João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata: "A Última Vez que Vi Macau".

Portuguese cinema in Brive

9 April 2012
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Curtas Vila do Conde has worked with Portuguese Short-Film Agency and the the Rencontres du moyen métrage de Brive, France, as curators of a Portuguese retrospective programme entitled “Jeune Cinema Portugais” to be screened in the next edition of the Festival, which takes place from 10 to 15 April. This Festival is the only one in Europe dedicated to medium lenght film.

The Portuguese programme is composed by several films, most of them screened and awarded at Curtas Vila do Conde: CANÇÃO DE AMOR E SAÚDE, by João Nicolau; UM DIA FRIO, by Cláudia Varejão; A CASA ESQUECIDA, by Teresa Garcia; ANGST, by Graça Canstanheira; ACORDAR, by Tiago Guedes & Frederico Serra; 31 by Miguel Gomes; ENTRETANTO by Miguel Gomes; RESPIRAR DEBAIXO D'ÁGUA by António Ferreira; and NUVEM, by Basil da Cunha; and VOODOO, by Sandro Aguilar.

+info at Festival’s site.

Cinemascope Top 50

3 April 2012
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The magazine Cinemascope ( has reached its number 50. For this edition, this prestigious film magazine chose the top fifty filmmakers under fifty that represent the future of cinema. Among these names, there are several that were revealed in Portugal by Curtas Vila do Conde. Moreover, the cover of this edition is starred by "Tabu", the feature film by Miguel Gomes, recently awarded at the Berlin Film Festival.

Gomes is one of the Portuguese directors represented in this list. The other is João Pedro Rodrigues. Both filmmakers are constant presences in the festival since their first-works: Miguel Gomes, with "Entretanto", João Pedro Rodrigues, com "Parabéns!". The two have been identified as two revelations of the new world cinema with films that have found a wide international repercussion.

But the list is also a collection of the most important filmmakers of the new global landscape, some of which were screened in Portugal by Curtas Vila do Conde (many for the first time), including: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Nicolás Pereda, Ben Rivers, Lisandro Alonso, Serge Bozon, Jennifer Reeves and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Several of these filmmakers, won awards or were present in Vila do Conde.

Finally, the list also included other filmmakers that were screened at the Festival such as Michel Gondry, Johan Grimonprez, Ben Russell, Harmony Korine, Corneliu Porumboiu or Quentin Tarantino.

Salaviza and Gomes win in Berlin

20 February 2012
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Portuguese cinema and the short film are, again, in the center of the international film scene. In the 62th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, João Salaviza and Miguel Gomes won major awards, proving that the present moment of Portuguese film is creatively original. In both cases, both directors are also important part of the history of Curtas Vila do Conde as a festival that reveals some of the new talents of Portuguese cinema.

In the case of João Salaviza, it is the second major award that the young filmmaker wins after the Palme d'Or for "Arena". With "Rafa" - the film screened at this Berlinale - Salaviza wins the Golden Bear for best short film. In Curtas Vila do Conde, Salaviza won, in 2005, the main prize of  Take One!, a film competition for schools, with the project "Two People". Last year, the author presented, in partnership with the musician Norberto Lobo, the short-film "Strokkur", integrated in the Stereo's project (commissioned by Estaleiro and whose debut took place in Curtas Vila do Conde 2011) and already with a good international career.

Miguel Gomes is a historical name of Curtas Vila do Conde, with appearances in several years in the national competition, which he won in 2006 with "Canticle of all Creatures." His first work, "Meanwhile," had also been awarded in 1999, the prize for best director. In Berlin, with his third feature film, "Tabu," Gomes won two important prizes: Alfred Bauer Prize, awarded to a film that opens new perspectives for  cinema; and the FIPRECI Prize, awarded by the critics present in the festival.

These awards, in one of the most prestigious international festivals, are the culmination of several years of an intense film activity, that once again prove the international vitality of Portuguese cinema.

+info: full list of awards

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