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Curtas 2021: Experimental Competition

17 June 2021
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The Experimental Competition of the 29th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde is closed, with 20 titles from 16 countries.

Baki Tadu É, Kate Saragaço-Gomes, Calum MacBeath Morgan, India/Denmark/Portugal, 2021, DOC, 13'
Berlin Feuer, Pedro Maia, Portugal/Germany, 2021, EXP, 6'
Black Beauty, Grace Ndiritu, United Kingdom/Belgium/Spain, 2021, FIC, 30'
Citadel, John Smith, United Kingdom, 2020, EXP, 16'
Depth Wish, Margarida Albino, Portugal, 2021, EXP, 12'
Dissolution Prologue (Extended Version), Siegfried Fruhauf, Austria, 2020, EXP, 6'
Earthearthearth, Daïchi Saïto, Canada, 2021, EXP, 30'
Emtza'i Meuchar (Belated Measures), Nir Evron, Israel, 2020, DOC, 35'
Flowers Blooming In Our Throats, Eva Giolo, Belgium/Italy, 2020, EXP, 9'
Glimpses From A Visit To Orkney In Summer 1995, Ute Aurand, United Kingdom/Germany, 2020, EXP, 5'
Inside The Outset, Evoking A Space Of Passage, Rosa Barba, Cyprus/Germany/Italy, 2021, DOC, 31'
Misty Picture, Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller, Germany, 2021, EXP, 17'
Of This Beguiling Membrane, Charlotte Pryce, USA, 2020, EXP, 5'
Purkyně's Dusk, Helena Gouveia Monteiro, Ireland/France, 2021, EXP, 9'
Sunrise, Lúcia Prancha, Portugal, 2021, EXP, 18'
Surviving You, Always, Morgan Quaintance, United Kingdom, 2020, DOC, 18'
The Detection Of Faint Companions, Sandro Aguilar, Portugal, 2021, EXP, 9'
Train Again, Peter Tscherkassky, Austria, 2021, EXP, 20'
When Light Is Displaced, Zaina Bseiso, Palestine/USA, 2021, DOC, 7'
Who Is Afraid Of Ideology ? Part III Micro Resistencias, Marwa Arsanios, Germany, 2020, DOC, 31'

Curtas 2021: International Competition

17 June 2021
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In this year in which public health issues have imposed a new awareness on how we relate to each other, the official selection for the international and experimental competition of Curtas Vila do Conde is built on a reflection on how the public and the private contaminate the construction of identities.


A Love Song In Spanish, Ana Elena Tejera, France/Panama, 2021, DOC, 24'
A Questo Punto, Pablo Cotten, Joseph Rozé, France, 2021, FIC, 26'
Aninsri Daeng (Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing On The Still Trembling Berlin Wall), Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke, Thailand, 2020, FIC, 30'
Bestia, Hugo Covarrubias, Chile, 2021, ANI, 16'
Buried News, Bill Morrison, USA, 2021, DOC, 12'
Comme Un Fleuve, Sandra Desmazières, France, 2021, ANI, 15'
Condition D'élévation, Isabelle Prim, France, 2020, FIC/DOC, 20'
Dans Le Silence D'une Mer Abyssale, Juliette Klinke, Belgium, 2021, DOC, 19'
Das Massaker Von Anröchte (The Massacre Of Anroechte), Hannah Dörr, Germany, 2021, FIC, 60'
Das Spiel (The Game), Roman Hodel, Switzerland, 2020, DOC, 17'
David, Zachary Woods, USA, 2020, FIC, 11'
Delenda Carthago, Guillaume Orignac, France, 2021, FIC, 39'
Farrucas, Ian de la Rosa, Espanha/EUA, 2021, FIC, 17'
I Gotta Look Good For The Apocalypse, Ayce Kartal, Turkey/France, 2021, DOC/ANI, 6'
Kansanradio - Runonlaulajien Maa (A People's Radio - Ballads From A Wooded Country), Virpi Suutari, Finland, 2021, DOC, 27'
L'enfant Salamandre, Théo Dégen, Belgium, 2020, FIC, 26'
Le Journal De Darwin, Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland, 2020, ANI, 9'
Le Roi David, Lila Pinell, France, 2021, FIC, 41'
Los Ladrillos, Tito Montero, Spain, 2020, DOC, 19'
Motorway 65, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Greece, 2020, FIC, 15'
Night For Day, Emily Wardill, Portugal/Austria, 2020, FIC/DOC, 47'
Noir-Soleil, Marie Larrivé, France, 2021, ANI, 20'
On N'est Pas Des Animaux, Noé Debré, France, 2021, FIC, 16'
One Hundred Steps, Barbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca, Germany, 2021, DOC, 31'
Quattro Strade, Alice Rohrwacher, Italy, 2021, DOC, 8'
Ronde De Nuit, Julien Regnard, França/Bélgica, 2021, ANI, 12'
The Rabbit Hunters, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada, 2020, FIC, 9'
VO, Nicolas Gourault, France, 2021, DOC, 20'
We Have One Heart, Katarzyna Warzecha, Polónia, 2020, DOC/ANI, 11'
Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (Day Is Done), Zhang Dalei, China, 2020, FIC, 24'
Zonder Meer, Meltse Van Coillie, Belgium, 2020, FIC, 14'

"Through the Haze" at Cannes

15 June 2021
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Diogo Salgado's first short film was selected for the Official Short Film Competition at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Through the Haze”, Diogo Salgado's first film, was selected for the Short Film Competition of the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which will take place between 6th and 17th of July.

The short film, which has its international premiere in Cannes, narrates the afternoon of two boys playing in the woods by the lake. When one of them disappears, the lagoon and its inhabitants take control of the narrative, building a labyrinth that surrounds the two children at nightfall. As one of the boys wanders through the forest in search of his friend, the silhouettes, textures and sounds slowly exert their strength.

The film, with photography by Joana Silva Fernandes and sound by Miguel Coelho, has as its lead actors Afonso Gregório, Simão Bernardino and Lionel Santos, inhabitants of the place where it was filmed, and is promoted and distributed by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency. In 2020, "Through the Haze" had already been awarded Best Film in the National Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde.

With the first edition in 1946, preceded by almost a decade of preparation for the festival, Cannes was shaped by the post-war period and, from its beginnings, presented the clear goal of encouraging the development of cinematographic art in all its forms, creating and fostering collaboration among all film-producing countries. The Cannes International Film Festival is considered one of the most important festivals on the international scene, combining the greatest film stars with the discovery of new talents.

Curtas Productions at

17 May 2021
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Curtas online also recovers some of the productions of the festival itself, which, over the years, have marked the programming of several editions.

This will be another rare opportunity to watch or review these works created by national and international authors at the invitation of Curtas, such as: “Kalkitos”, by Miguel Gomes and “Strokkur”, by João Salaviza, works that competed many times at international film festivals, marveling their audiences; “Bustarenga”, by Ana Maria Gomes, an odyssey in search of the “prince charming”; “Reconversão”, a close look by Thom Andersen on the work of the architect Souto de Moura; “Mahjong”, a neo-noir adventure through the mysterious periphery of Vila do Conde, carried out by the duo João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues, “A Road as a Street”, a cinematic look by Graça Castanheira on the singular book of the same name by the geographer Álvaro Domingues; “ The Mother and the Sea”, an affective and poetic research by Gonçalo Tocha on the incredible fisherwomen of Vila Chã; “The Miracle of Saint Anthony”, a documentary by Sergei Loznitsa about a peculiar ancestral tradition in northern Portugal, and much more.

More info here.

New Voices 2021: Ali Asgari, 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.

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