Productions by Curtas Vila do Conde at Locarno

6 August 2015
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Three productions of Curtas Metragens CRL, presented in world premiere in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, were selected for the prestigious Locarno Film Festival, which runs from 5 to 12 August.

"Night Without a Distance" by Lois Patiño, "The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal" by Manuel Mozos, and "Undisclosed Recipients" by Sandro Aguilar, will be presented in the non-competitive section Fuori Concorso.

The short film "Maria do Mar", by João Rosas, winner of the Portuguese Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde, will be in competition.

The four films are part of the catalog of works of Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency.

Making of 23rd Curtas Vila do Conde

5 August 2015
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Curtas Vila do Conde Spot

18 June 2015
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Retrospective dedicated to Quentin Dupieux with three Portuguese premieres

11 June 2015
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Besides the several competitions and special programmes, Curtas Vila do Conde will present, like prior editions, an In Focus director. This year, the retrospective is dedicated to the French directorQuentin Dupieux with the Portuguese premiere of three films: "Reality", "Wrong" and "Wrong Cops". In this section, Rubber (which premiered at Cannes in 2010) will also be screened.

Quentin Dupieux, also known in the music industry as Mr. Oizo, has a remarkable filmography in the last fifteen years, with a very peculiar style, articulating the European art film tradition with American movie genres.

Using dark humour, Dupieux focuses in maladjusted lead characters that try to fit in a world that doesn´t accept them. These characters’ dreadful solitude transforms the filmmaker’s sophisticated humour into absurd tragedies.

In “Rubber” (2010), a lonesome tire seems to start a revenge against the human race, leaving a community on the brink of a nervous breakdown. “Wrong” (2012) presents Dolph Springer, an American small town man whose dog is strangely kidnapped and it changes his life. “Wrong Cops” (2013) shows us the daily absurd story of an unethical group of cops. In “Reality” (2014) we follow a TV cameraman that wants to be a filmmaker but gets tangled in a vertigo of endless dreams.

Thus, Quentin Dupieux films are characterized by the absurd that emerges from seemingly trivial and day-to-day stories. Dupieux’s humour is sometimes sophisticated and other times plainly absurd. It develops a kind of post-modern iconoclasm confusing the viewers’ expectations. The great virtue in Dupieux’s films is to cause despair or laughter, showing how the contemporary world is, most of the times, naturally unintelligible. To enter in this narrative maze is, consequently, a bold move, but fully delightful as a cinema experience.

Curtas Vila do Conde: Official Selection 2015

11 June 2015
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From the 4th to the 12th July, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival will once more be the privileged window for the most recent productions in short film through its competitions: National, International, Experimental, Music Videos, Take One! and Curtinhas.

Portuguese cinema, despite its natural economic weaknesses, has given clear signs of a great creative vigour, showing its filmmakers possess a remarkable freedom. Curtas’ Portuguese Competitionpresents that creative freedom by a set of films that place Portuguese short films again on the international festivals’ radar. 2015 will be the year of filmmakers like Sandro Aguilar, Salomé Lamas, Filipa César, Jorge Quintela, João Rosas, Basil da Cunha or Luís Alves de Matos, all of them connected to Curtas Vila do Conde’s history.

The best National competition film will be awarded with the BPI Award, worth 2000 euros and the Pixel Bunker Award, worth 2500 euros in services. The SPA – Portuguese Authors Society, will award with 1500 euros the Portuguese film that receives the highest number of votes from the audience. The best Portuguese filmmaker will be appraised by Digimaster with an award worth 3000 euros in services.

In turn, Curtas Vila do Conde’s International Competition presents a remarkable diversity, both geographical and thematic, with films from Virgil Widrich, Bill Plympton, Antonin Peretjatko, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Sergei Loznitsa, amongst others.

The best film in this competition will win the Jameson Great Prize, worth 2000 euros. The best short film in each competing category will also be distinguished: Animation, Documentary and Fiction. The most voted film by the audience will receive the Niepoort Audience Award, worth 1000 euros. Still within the International Competition, the Best European Short Film will be announced. It includes the nomination for the European Film Awards, yearly organized by the European Film Academy.  

The Experimental Competition will continue to defy conventions presenting artists and filmmakers who dare to look ahead. Curtas Vila do Conde’s selection offers an opportunity to rediscover the great authors of this genre, like Volker Schreiner, Johan Grimonprez, Peter Tscherkassky, Ken Jacobs, Johan Lurf, Bill Morrison, Jennifer Reeves, Louise & Jane Wilson, Jay Rosenblatt and Deborah Stratman. With a deluxe set like this the Teatro Municipal’s room, like in past years, will sell out. The best experimental film will be awarded with 750 euros.

The Music Video Competition returns to Curtas Vila do Conde in an exclusive Portuguese production format with artists like Clã, X-Wife, PZ, Gala Drop and Linda Martini. These films will win an entirely different dimension when displayed on the Teatro Municipal’s big screen. The best competing video will receive a 750 euros prize awarded by FNAC.

Exclusive for student films, the Take One! Competition will present a new generation of talents straight from film and audio-visual schools. The best film will receive three prizes: the Smiling Award, worth 1500 euros in equipment rental services sponsored by Smiling/Nova Imagem; the Restart Award consisting on a coupon for training and/or production and post-production means (equipment or technical spaces) worth 500 euros at Restart – Escola de Criatividade e Novas Tecnologias and the Agência da Curta Metragem Award, which will guarantee the film’s submission to an international film festivals circuit.

In Curtinhas Competition the jury, formed by 15 children with ages between 6 and 12, will vote for the best film. This film will be awarded a prize worth 1000 euros sponsored by Mar Shopping. This section of the Festival also has a play area and several workshops, allowing the youngsters to take part in a week of cinema with their family.

In addition, there will be a Canal + Spain acquisition award for a National Competition film. From the competing films, the cable channel TVCine & Séries (a Festival partner) will make a choice for acquisitions.

Hence, Curtas Vila do Conde’s different competitions will again ensure the Festival’s most diversified and frequented screenings with films of unquestionable quality, most of them a Portuguese premiere, that show the current state of the world and the best of what has been produced recently.

Portuguese premiere of "Arabian Nights" by Miguel Gomes at Curtas Vila do Conde

28 May 2015
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“Arabian Nights”, a film by Miguel Gomes, will open the 23rd edition of Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival. The three-volume film was applauded in its world premiere at Cannes Festival and will have its Portuguese premiere at Vila do Conde.

Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival starts on July 4th with the long-awaited “Arabian Nights”, Miguel Gomes' new film, in a Portuguese premiere. The feature is a fresco on contemporary Portugal and on the contradictions caused by the economic crisis, using an epic structure that adapts Scheherazade’s classic history in three independent volumes: “The Restless One”, “The Desolate One” and “The Enchanted One”, in a combined six-hour long feature.

The first part, “The Restless One”, “shows the unsettling curses that overcome a country in crisis, inhabited by rich and poor, powerful and powerless, workers and unemployed, thieves and honest men.” On volume two, “Scheherazade tells how desolation invaded men” and, in the last part, “The Enchanted One”, the narrator doubts she can still tell stories that might please the king.

The “Arabian Nights” cast has important names of Portuguese cinema, such as Crista Alfaiate, Luíza Cruz, Américo Silva, Adriano Luz, Gonçalo Waddington, Joana de Verona, Teresa Madruga, João Pedro Bénard, Carloto Cotta and Rogério Samora.

The work made its world premiere at Cannes Director’s Fortnight and the international press welcomed it with great enthusiasm. The film made the front page of “Libération”, the French newspaper, and was described as “epic”. The “Le Monde” has considered the feature as “a fantastic epopee, a love song to the defeated of History, as are the Portuguese inside a Europe in crisis.”  

In a poll usually held during Cannes Festival, the critics considered “Arabian Nights” as the best film in the 2015 edition of the biggest film festival in the world.

The feature is a coproduction between Portugal, Germany, Switzerlandand and France and will premiere in Portuguese theatres in august/september. Produced by Luís Urbano and Sandro Aguilar through O Som e a Fúria, “Arabian Nights” is, in recent years, one of the most ambitious projects in Portuguese cinema.

Miguel Gomes is one of the main personalities in Curtas Vila do Conde’s history. The Festival screened most of the filmmaker’s works. His first short film, “Meanwhile” was screened at the 7th Festival (1999) where it won the Best Director and Best Cinematography awards. Later, in 2002, Miguel Gomes received an Honourable Mention at Vila do Conde for his short film “31”, and in 2006, he won the National Competition with “Canticle of all Creatures”. Curtas Vila do Conde also screened “A Christmas’ Inventory”, “Kalkitos” (a film commissioned by the Festival), “Our Beloved Month of August” and, in 2014, “Pre-Evolution Soccer’s One Minute Dance After a Golden Goal in The Master League”.

Born in Lisbon, in 1972, Miguel Gomes studied Cinema and worked as a film critic for Portuguese press until 2000. He belongs, along with other Portuguese directors, to the entitled “Geração Curtas”, an important piece of contemporary Portuguese cinema’s history at the turn of the century. It opened the doors to a new generation of very young filmmakers that have become important names of the Portuguese cinema nowadays. Miguel Gomes showed his iconoclasm since an early point, reinventing himself in every film and forging a method of collective work, aware to the unpredictability of filming. That method was refined and is one of “Arabian Nights” most visible features.

Curtas Vila do Conde is supported by Vila do Conde City Council, Secretário de Estado da Cultura, Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Creative Europe - Media Programme and other partners.

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