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Curtas 2021 highlights the works of Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi, Jacqueline Lentzou and Jorge Jácome

14 May 2021
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The international Portuguese festival dedicated to short films is returning between 16th and 25th July. Like in the 2020 edition, Curtas Vila do Conde presents a mixed format, between the theaters and the online, in a programmatic proposal that aims to create new forms of relationship with contemporary cinema, unavoidable references and the unveil of new paths for the seventh art. 

The festival highlights four directors, whose work reveals a contemporary and avant-garde approach, punctually disruptive, that crosses the boundaries of genres and dares to experience the limits of cinematographic language. A selection of works by the Iranian duo Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi, the Greek Jacqueline Lentzou and the Portuguese Jorge Jácome will be part of the non-competitive sections of the festival, opening a gateway to the contemporary thinking of a new generation of filmmakers who, alongside aesthetic relevance, raise new readings for today's political problems.

 

Let us start with the violence of affection through the eyes of the two Iranian authors, Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi, whose works, individually or in duo, in the form of short or feature films, have been shown and awarded in some of the most prestigious European film festivals (Locarno, Cannes, Venice, among others). The results of this partnership, both “The Silence” (2016) and “Pilgrims” (2020) highlight the problem of identity and its constant search, in which the feeling of belonging (or absence) affective and territorial appears in a large plane. The arguments here can be summed up in a few words because Asgari and Samadi mainly explore the dramaturgy of bodies and the drama of dialogues, in a chamber that permanently surrenders to the face, human per excellence. The reference to the cinema of Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian director, will not be in vain, because more than geographical and cultural affinities, there are mainly aesthetic resonances: the centrality of femininity and the female figure or, for example, and more concretely, the smallness of space as a method of densification.

Family structures and relationships are also one of the main themes explored in the work of Jacqueline Lentzou, a young Greek filmmaker who has never stopped traveling in Europe: she studied at The American College of Greece but also at Royal Holloway College and London Film School, both in London. It is in the center of the small family that Lentzou's stories are shaped and in which the generational conflict between children and parents often thickens. The spirit of debauchery (or liberation?) And the typical provocation of these coming-of-age, which normally happens or precedes a moment of profound boredom, also incorporates the film camera that runs and jumps and dances, in perpetual movement. Perhaps this is one of the main singularities of Lentzou's cinema in the face of the almost universal episodes of adolescence: taking the position of the youth, without moralizing or judging, nor infantilizing.

 

In the west, the western tip of Europe, the Portuguese director Jorge Jácome was born, and would, years later, come to study at the School of Theater and Cinema, in Lisbon, and in the French Le Fesnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains. Having exhibited in various spaces dedicated to contemporary art and collaborating on projects in the scope of the performing arts, Jácome's cinematographic work is markedly interdisciplinary and one of the films, “Past Perfect” (2019) is also the result of the adaptation of the theater play “Antes”, written by Pedro Penim. From the archeology of old devoted nightclubs in “Fiesta Forever” (2017) to the botanical apocalypse of “Flores” (2017), Jácome's work is based on a strongly sensorial and impressionistic methodology, making use of all the artifice that the technique can offer - colors, overlays, among other effects: cinema as a place of fantasy, of hypnosis, built from narrative drifts, improbable relationships and unusual encounters.

 

The festival's program will be revealed over the next few months, as well as details on ticket purchases. The 29th Curtas Vila do Conde has the support of the MEDIA / Europa Criativa program, from the Municipality of Vila do Conde, the Ministry of Culture, the Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and several partners essential to the festival.

Online Pass ANIMAR 16 + CURTAS 2021

3 May 2021
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The Online Pass ANIMAR 16 + CURTAS 2021 is available until May 17th. This is a unique opportunity to watch ANIMAR's content and guarantee online access to more than 150 films of the 29th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, for only 8€.

ANIMAR 16 is back and has an exclusive and limited promotion for the most loyal cinephiles: the Online Pass ANIMAR 16 + CURTAS 2021, available until May 17th. This is a unique opportunity to watch ANIMAR's content and guarantee online access to more than 150 films from the 29th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, which will place between July 16th and 25th 2021.

In addition to accessing Animar 16's films, when you purchase this combined Online Pass now, for only 8€, you will receive a code that guarantees access to the Online Pass CURTAS 2021, with a selection of more than 150 films, at no additional charge.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity until May 17th 2021 here.
Curtas 2021 returns to cinemas and to all screens, in July, on this platform.


Stay tuned for more news at www.curtas.pt

Call for Entries Extended Deadline

1 May 2021
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Call for Entries for the 29th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival competitions are extended until May 6th.

You will be able to submit new films in any competition (International, Portuguese, Experimental, Music Videos, Curtinhas, Take One!) during the next days using the code DeadlineWaiverCurtas2021 only in FilmFreeway.

New short films produced in 2020 or 2021 are accepted, with a maximum duration of up to 60 minutes (except where noted), in film (35 or 16 mm) or digital (DCP).

Don't miss this unique opportunity to be part of one of the most prestigious film festivals in Portugal, that celebrates the sharing of cinema experiences and discoveries in the theater and in other spaces.

More information and regulations of the competitions here.

"Armour" at Cinéma du Réel

10 February 2021
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“Armour” by Sandro Aguilar was selected for the International Competition of the 43rd edition of Cinéma du Réel.

The short film “Armour” directed by Sandro Aguilar was selected for the International Competition of the 43rd edition of Cinéma du Réel - International Documentary Film Festival, which will take place from March 12 to 21, in France.

This work, produced by O Som e a Fúria e Paraloeil (Canada), and distributed by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency began its international journey in festivals such as Rencontres Internationales Du Documentaire de Montréal (Canada) and the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands), having been also presented in Portugal in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde. It is now present at Cinéma du Réel, one of the most important film festivals in Europe dedicated to the documentary genre, but which presents a transversal program for all genres, reflecting the diversity of styles and artistic approaches to the world through moving images .

The festival is organized by Bibliothèque Publique d'Information, in partnership with the association Les Amis du Cinéma du réel, and consists of a selection of documentary, experimental and essays, thus reflecting this diversity of genres and cinematic approaches. At Cinéma du Réel, the discovery of new talents is combined with the exhibition of works by big names in cinema.

The international competition will present 11 feature films and 10 short films.

"A Present Light" at Berlinale

9 February 2021
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“A Present Light”, by Diogo Costa Amarante, was selected for the Berlinale Shorts section of the 71st edition of Berlin International Film Festival.

A Present Light”, the most recent film by Diogo Costa Amarante, was selected for the Berlinale Shorts section of the 71st edition of Berlin International Film Festival, which will be launched with an industry event, in online format, and presented only to film professionals and press, from March 1st to 5th and, in person, for the general public, between June 9th and 20th, 2021.

The film, which will have its world premiere in Berlin, focuses on the heartbreak of Gonçalo, a man who, on a rainy night, leaves home to deliver a letter to someone who abandoned him. Along the way, on a corner, he crosses a woman who warns him to pay attention to the road, that the floor is slippery. The man falls off his motorcycle and thus meets Diana.

"A Present Light" is cinematographed by Jorge Quintela and features Diana Neves Silva, João Castro, Gustavo Sumpta and Luís Miguel Cintra, being promoted and distributed by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency.
Diogo Costa Amarante returns to the Berlinale, where his previous work, “Small Town” (2016), a film about the awareness of death by a child, played by the director's nephew, was awarded with the Golden Bear for Best International Short Film.

The Berlinale is one of the most prestigious international film festivals. Created in 1951, it was shaped by the post-war period and the division of the city of Berlin, developing as an intercultural platform for the cinematic exploration of social themes. In addition to being one of the most political festivals on the international scene, the Berlin International Film Festival is also, in its plurality, a space for convergence between the great film stars, formal experimentation and the discovery of new talents.

This edition will take place online, with the European Film Market & Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund, from March 1st to 5th; and with with cinema and outdoor exhibitions, between 9th - 20th June 2021.

More info here.

"Anyhow, Anyway" at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

16 December 2020
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"Anyhow, Anyway" directed by Catarina Romano is selected for the International Competition in Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

The short film “Anyhow, Anyway”, by Catarina Romano is selected for the International Competition at the 43rd edition of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, which takes place from January 29 to February 6, 2021, in France.

 

"Anyhow, Anyway" is about a woman who is confined to her home. She is unemployed, as if exiled from the opportunities of her time. She goes through cycles of precarity, ever faster, ever closer, encapsulating her like the ripple of a stone in a waterhole. Waves come to meet her, repeating themselves, besieging her.
This film, produced by AIM - Animation Studios and distributed by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, was selected, in October, for the National Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde.

 

Clermont-Ferrand is one of the most important festivals in Europe, dedicated to short films. With regard to the presence of professionals in the field, it is the second largest festival in France, preceded only by Cannes Film Festival. In the last edition, more than 172,500 entries were registered and 3600 professionals participated in the festival.

 

According to the festival organization, in the present edition, there were almost 7000 short film submissions and only 77 were selected. "Anyhow, Anyway" is the only Portuguese film in the International Competition.

 

More informations here.

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