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Thom Andersen in Portugal

29 December 2011
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The director Thom Andersen will be in Portugal in early January. The American author is the next guest of Campus, a training program associated with the project Estaleiro (developed by the team of Curtas Vila do Conde). He will be in Porto to prepare his next film and he will give a masterclass at Casa da Música, integrated in the conference cycle "em trânsito" from Ordem dos Arquitectos.

Space in filme and architecture
Thom Andersen
Casa da Música : Porto : 9 January : 22h
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Thom Andersen is an American independent filmmaker and professor at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, his hometown. It has been precisely about his city that Andersen has filmed, as evidenced by two of his major works: "Los Angeles Plays Itself" (2003) and "Get Out of the Car" (2010). The latter film was screened at Curtas Vila do Conde 2011, where it won the prize for best documentary. The director was also present at the Festival.

The External World nominated for Cartoon D'Or

7 September 2011
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Candidates were announced for Cartoon D'Or 2011 - Best European animated short film. Among the nominees are some films that were shown in Curtas Vila do Conde. "The External World", by David O'Reilly, screened in the international competition of Curtas 2011 is one of them. "Mobile", by Verena Fels, and "The Gruffalo", by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang, are also competing for the prize, which will be given Sept. 15, in Poland.

This award is one of the most prestigious international awards for animation and has already awarded authors such as Nick Park, Virgil Widrich or David O'Reilly. Abi Feijó received an honorable mention for the film "Os Salteadores" in 1994 and José Miguel Ribeiro even received the top prize for "A Suspeita" in 2000, signaling the high quality of Portuguese animation.

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Nicolau premières in Portugal

7 July 2011
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The first feature film by director João Nicolau - THE SWORD AND THE ROSE - is now in exhibition at Portuguese theatres, after the world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Nicolau is one of the young certainties of the Portuguese cinema after the success of his short films, both premiering in Curtas Vila do Conde: BIRD OF PREY (the first Portuguese winner of the festival's main prize) and SONG OF LOVE AND HEALTH (best film in national competition).

THE SWORD AND THE ROSE is an adventure that expands the filmic universe of João Nicolau: "Manuel bids farewell to his routine and boards a 15th century vessel under pirate law. Treason onboard triggers a series of terrible events that our protagonist overcomes while keeping his moral principles intact."

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