27º Curtas: International and Experimental Competition

4 June 2019
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Recent events have shown us the importance of looking back at history. Rewriting events, rediscovering the archives of memory, reclaiming legacies and redrawing old symbologies are the challenges proposed by the 56 short films of the international and experimental competitions of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde. Unique voices, working at the boundaries between genders, outside and within their own cultural heritages, which show us the ways of connecting personal and ordinary experiences, yesterday and today, now and tomorrow.

Born in Dallas in 1950, Billy Woodberry is one of the founders of the L.A. Rebellion movement, a collective of Afro-American filmmakers for a black cinema in the United States. During the research work for his latest feature, dedicated to the Angolan poet-activist Mário Pinto de Andrade, he came across the photographic archive that depicts the effects of the Portuguese army's pacification campaign on the Cuamato people after the Berlin conferences of 1885. That's how "A Story from Africa" urges, a portrait of the bravery and resistance of a people until its fall.
Still in the territory of a black heritage, Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, the duo in focus at this year’s Venice Biennale, again questioning the way in which cultural traditions, once a symbol of resistance, have been appropriated by the entertainment and tourism industry. At "R.I.S.E", a Berlinale award-winning film, they occupy one of Toronto's newest metro lines with the work of young and marginalized rappers and poets, in a film that is a common discourse between periphery and center, traditional and contemporary, individual and group identity. And if we talk about crossements, let's stop at Deborah Stratman's "Vever (for Barbara)". A poetic essay that connects three generations of filmmakers who, separately and together, have taken on a number of challenges and thereby exposed themselves to the reinterpretation of their own filmmaking processes.
Radu Jude is one of the most renowned Romanian filmmakers today. A regular attendance at Portuguese film festivals in the last years, with shorts and feature films, has given new dimensions to historical events of the last century of Europe. In "The Marshal's Two Executions", Radu Jude’s opens the screen to two different views on the execution of the general Ion Antonescu, the Romanian leader during the second world war. It is the same surgical look that we find in Gürcan Keltek. Working at the meeting point between documentary and fiction, he tells stories about the conflicts, struggles and marginalizations that are hidden in Turkish history. In "Gulyabani", the short she presents in Vila do Conde, that takes us through the diaries and memoirs of Fethiye Sessiz, a seer living in İzmir, a victim of abuse, abduction and torture. By opposition, Benjamin Crotty, director and visual artist who collaborates frequently with Gabriel Abrantes, films "Le Discours D'acceptation Glorieux De Nicolas Chauvin". A film that puts us face-to-face with a war veteran who, during the career award ceremony, rediscovers his own life story.
Return of Ludovic Houplain, who had already gone through the Curtas with "Logorama", film awarded with an Oscar. As conductor of your new movie, "My Generation", he most certainly has looked through his own rear-view mirror. The film shows its apocalyptic vision of the contemporary world, where a vehicle in reverse takes us through all the plagues of modern times: from art to big data, from sports to religion, from sex to politics and finance. An inverse game on Rainer Kohlberger's "It has to be lived once and dreamed twice". After the sixth great mass extinction, humanity has disappeared from Earth, but there is a new life to awaken and tries to understand its surroundings, and then discover the cinematic history of humanity. From the future again to the now, with "Suspended Island" by Jane Wilson and Louise Wilson, a visual installation that questions the place of post-Brexit England, and Martin Rejtman's "Shatki", to bring a new entry point into the microcosm of the Argentine society, through the misfortunes of Federico.
The 27th edition of Curtas de Vila do Conde will also include national premiere of recent films by Ken Jacobs ("The Whole Shebang"), James Franco e Pedro Gómez Millán ("Birth of a Poet"), Chema García Ibarra e Ion de Sosa ("Leyenda dorada"), Kevin Jerome Everson ("Polly One"), Stéphane Aubier e Vincent Patar ("Panique au Village - La foire Agricole"), Franck Dion ("Per Aspera Ad Astra"), Ben Rivers ("Trees Down Here"), Bill Morrison ("Cinematograph") and Brandon Cronenberg ("Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You").
The 27th Curtas Vila do Conde, from 6 to 14 July, has the support of the MEDIA/Creative Europe program, the Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, ICA - Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, among many other partners. 


A Letter To Home, Mukul Haloi, India, FIC, 2018, 25'
A Story from Africa, Billy Woodberry, Portugal / USA, DOC, 2018, 32'
America, Garrett Bradley, USA, DOC, 2019, 27'
Bicicletas, Cecilia Kang, Argentina, FIC, 2018, 27'
Birth of a Poet, James Franco, Pedro Gomez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg, USA, FIC, 2019, 14'
Blessed Land, Phạm Ngọc Lân, Vietnam, FIC, 2019, 18'
Cadoul de Craciun, Bogdan Muresanu, Romania, FIC, 2018, 20'
Demonic, Pia Borg, Australia, DOC, 2019, 28 '
Deux Sœurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Sœurs, Beatrice Gibson, United Kingdom / Germany / Canada / France, DOC / EXP, 2019, 22'
Dreamland, Raphaël Matthieu, France, FIC, 2019, 14'
Everything You Wanted To Know About Sudden Birth * (* But Were Afraid To Ask), Scott Calonico, United Kingdom / Germany / USA, FIC, 2018, 11'
Gulyabani, Gürcan Keltek, Netherlands / Turkey, FIC / EXP, 2018, 35'
In Between, Samir Karahoda, Kosovo, DOC, 2019, 14'
L'Autre sur ma tête, Julie Colly, France, FIC, 2018, 9'
L'été Et Tout Le Reste, Sven Bresser, Netherlands, FIC, 2018, 18'
Le Cortège, Pascal Blanchet, Rodolphe Saint-Gelais, Canada, ANI, 2019, 8'
Le Discours D'acceptation Glorieux De Nicolas Chauvin, Benjamin Crotty, France, FIC, 2018, 26'
Levittown, Nelson Bourrec Carter, France / USA, FIC, 2018, 13 '
Leyenda Dorada, Chema García Ibarra, Ion de Sosa, Spain, FIC, 2019, 11'
Los Que Desean, Elena López Riera, Switzerland / Spain, DOC / FIC, 2018, 24 '
Movements, Dahee Jeong, Dahee Jeong, South Korea, ANI, 2019, 10'
My Generation, Ludovic Houplain, France, 2018, ANI, 8'
Olla, Ariane Labed, France, United Kingdom, FIC, 2019, 27'
Panique au Village - La foire Agricole, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Belgium / France, ANI, 2019, 26'
Per Aspera Ad Astra, Franck Dion, France, ANI, 2019, 11'
Piece Of Meat, Huang Junxiang, Jerrold Chong, Singapore, ANI, 2019, 12'
Plaisir Fantôme, Morgan Simon, France, FIC, 2019, 15'57''
Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You, Brandon Cronenberg, Canada, FIC, 2019, 9'
Psychic, Tova Mozard, Sweden, DOC, 2019, 17'
R.I.S.E., Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca, Canada / Brazil, DOC, 2018, 25'
Shakti, Martín Rejtman, Argentina, Chile, FIC, 2019, 19'
Soy Una Tomb, Khris Cembe, Spain, France, ANI, 2018, 12'
The Culture, Ernst De Geer, Norway, Sweden, FIC, 2018, 25'
The Marshal's Two Executions, Radu Jude, Romania, FIC, 2018, 10'
The Six, Xu An, Xi Chen, China, ANI, 2019, 5'


A Return, James Edmonds, Germany, EXP, 2018, 6'
Ada Kaleh, Helena Wittmann, Germany, DOC, 2018, 14'
Altiplano, Malena Szlam, Chile / Argentina / Canada, EXP, 2018, 16'
Ambulatório Através da Poesia de Augusto Dos Anjos e António Nobre, Pedro Bastos, Portugal, EXP, 2019, 30'
Cavalcade, Johann Lurf, Austria, EXP, 2019, 4'
Cinematograph, Bill Morrison, USA, EXP, 2018, 3'
Darwin Darwah, Arash Nassiri, France, DOC / EXP, 2019, 16 '
El Laberinto, Laura Huertas Millán, France, Colombia, EXP, 2018, 21 '
It has to be lived once and dreamed twice, Rainer Kohlberger, Germany / Austria, EXP, 2019, 28'
Pattern Cognition, Thorsten Fleisch, Germany, ANI, 2019, 7'
Polly One, Kevin Jerome Everson, USA, EXP, 2018, 6'
Suspended Island, Jane Wilson, Louise Wilson, UK, EXP, 2018, 16'
The Air Of The Earth In Your Lungs, Ross Meckfessel, USA / Japan, EXP, 2018, 11 '
The Evil Eye, Clément Cogitore, France, DOC / EXP, 2018, 15'
The Loom, Toby Tatum, UK, EXP, 2018, 8'
The Whole Shebang, Ken Jacobs, USA, EXP., 2019, 5'
Transformation Scenario, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Germany, EXP, 2018, 20 '
Trees Down Here, Ben Rivers, UK / USA / Hong Kong, EXP, 2018, 14'
Umbra, Florian Fischer & Johannes Krell, Germany, EXP, 201, 20'
Vever (for Barbara), Deborah Stratman, USA, DOC / EXP, 2019, 12'