Curtas announces closed programme and simultaneous sessions in Vila do Conde, Lisbon, Porto and Faro

18 September 2020
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The programme for the 28th edition of Curtas de Vila do Conde is closed. A total of 261 films will mark the various sections of the festival, which this year will take its National Competition to the cinemas of Vila do Conde, Lisbon, Porto and Faro. This decision reaffirms the festival's commitment to the cinema and to supporting national production and the short film format as a space for discovery and experimentation. 

Curtas will thus integrate a selection of 17 works of animation, fiction and documentary, which is faithful in the search and discovery of the best that is being produced in Portugal. Sandro Aguilar, Cláudia Varejão, Carlos Conceição, Pedro Peralta, Patrick Mendes, João Rosas, Filipa César, Alexandra Ramires, Natália Azevedo Andrade, Denise Fernandes, Diogo Salgado, Luís Costa, Igor Dimitri, Nuno Baltazar, Catarina Romano, Inês Nunes and Eduardo Brito are the selected directors. The sessions of the national competition will take place in the Municipal Theatre of Vila do Conde, in the Ideal Cinema (Lisbon, 7 to 11 October), Trindade Cinema (Oporto, 5 to 9 October) and the Auditorium of the Portuguese Sports and Youth Institute of Faro (6 to 10 October), being accompanied, in the first three cities, by conversations with the authors. In the year marking the 20th anniversary of the Short Film Agency, the festival will also include the launch of a book that looks back at the last two decades of Portuguese cinema: Reframing Portuguese Cinema in the 21st Century counts on the contributions of a dozen film programmers and critics.

 

Also with an entirely national programme, the Stereo section will take to the stage the latest project by Paulo Furtado (The Legendary Tigerman) and Pedro Maia. "Guanche" has been shot between the mountains of Madeira Island and the Atlantic Ocean and proposes a work around man, development and his relationship with nature. In Vila do Conde, Maia and Furtado present a first artistic approach to the feature film in cine-concerto format composed of parts of the film editing, processed here live, with original musical accompaniment and live narration by Íris Cayatte. In its northern premiere, the section dedicated to the intersections between music and cinema will also include the films "Antena3 Docs Presents Rapública #2 Pintar o Hip Hop", the mocumentary "Ricardo" about a mysterious character who invaded the stage of the Sensible Soccers concert and "A Vida Duraco Muito Pouco - Celebrando a obra de José Pinhal", as well as the usual videoclip competition. 

 

It was a long period of realization of "O Sentido da Vida", the new work of "Miguel Gonçalves Mendes" that, after 20 years, returns to Vila do Conde. 5 years of filming, which covers four continents, inhabited by seven archetypal characters from different regions of the world. The next feature film by the director of Jose e Pilar, features Marina Silva, Dilma Roussef, Valter Hugo Mãe, Julian Assange among others, and will be presented, in a first version in the section From Short to Long. In this section the national premiere of "Casa de Antiguidades", the latest film by João Paulo Miranda, selected for the Cannes 2020 competition, which touches on themes related to racial exclusion in southern Brazil. The festival will also feature "Command Action" (2015), "The Girl Who Danced with the Devil" (2016) and "Formicidal Girls" (2017). The national premiere of "First Cow" by "Kelly Reichardt" and the previews of "The Heirs of Saramago: ep. Valter Hugo Mãe" and "Vencidos da Vida", the next film by Rodrigo Areias, should also be highlighted.

 

In the usual Panorama sections, Curtas will look at the recent production from Romania and Poland, as well as spend some of the Portuguese works that marked the last twelve months: "A Dança do Cipreste", by Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela, "Meine Liebe", by Clara Jost, "Mesa", by João Fazenda, "O Cordeiro de Deus", by David Vicente Pinheiro, are the chosen films. Close the highlight to national production with a special note about the Take One! competition, a space dedicated to looking into the future, composed of films produced in film schools. 

 

For the first time in its history, Curtas presents much of its programming also online, through the VoD (Video on Demand) format, allowing the audience to meet the filmmakers and access a wider audience, which is especially important in a context of isolation and when culture is an essential asset. This is particularly important in a context of isolation and when culture is an essential asset. The schedule of film sessions, in partnership with Shift72, as well as debates, interviews and masterclasses are planned.

 

Already announced were the focuses on the work of Spanish director Isaki Lacuesta and directors Ana Maria Gomes, Elena López Riera and Ana Elena Tejera; the international and experimental competition with the premiere of films by Sergei Loznitsa, Jafar Panahi, Guy Maddin and Nicolas Pereda, among others, and the programme of Cinema Revisitado, this year with new perspectives on the production of Jean-Luc Godard, the celebration of One Week's 100th anniversary, by Buster Keaton, a carte blanche for the filmmaker Frank Beauvais and the premiere of the restored copy of The Message, the first feature by José Fonseca e Costa. 

 

As usual, Curtas also offers a special programme dedicated to the youngest. Betting on the reunion of families with the cinema, Curtinhas will organise sessions that travel through the universes and interests of different ages. Taking place in the Municipal Theatre of Vila do Conde, there will be sessions for 3, 6 and 10 year olds. 

 

The 28th edition of Curtas de Vila do Conde will take place between 3 and 11 October. The complete programme can be acessed HERE.

Euro Connection 2021: Submit your short film project

17 September 2020
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The submissions are open for short films projects to the 12th edition of Euro Connection, which will take place on 2nd and 3rd of February 2021 during the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

This platform aims to assist partnerships between European producers in the production of short films. In each country, national correspondents evaluate all submitted projects and choose the finalist project. Registration for the next edition ends on October 20th, 2020.

Projects must meet the following requirements:
– duration up to 40 minutes;
– the project must be partly funded by a third party (external source);

– the producer must be open to international co-productions (suitable project or intended for co-production);
– filming or production should start from June 2020;

A European jury of 3 industry professionals from different nationalities will then elect up to 13 projects to go to the final and pitch during the festival. The list of finalists will be released to the winners by the end of November 2020. Producers must send their short film projects by 20 October 2020 to the representative of their country. In Portugal, the associated festivals are IndieLisboa and Curtas Vila do Conde.

All entries must be sent to:
Miguel Dias – mdias@curtas.pt
Miguel Valverde – miguel.valverde@indielisboa.com.

See here the regulation and application form.

From Godard to Beauvais, the lines of cinema stories are revisited again in Vila do Conde

8 September 2020
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Section inaugurated in the 2019 edition of Curtas, Cinema Revisitado brings back to the festival a set of special programs composed by rarities and scanned copies of works that mark the historical collections of cinema. For this 28th edition, new perspectives on Jean-Luc Godard's production, the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of "One Week", the greatest work of Buster Keaton, a carte blanche to the filmmaker Frank Beauvais and the premiere of the restored copy of "The Message", first feature film by José Fonseca e Costa. A special and familiar word for the programme of homage to Vicente Pinto Abreu, long-time collaborator of Curtas Vila do Conde who died earlier this year.

Not infrequently the stories and journeys of timeless artists are also made in the incursion into what we call minor disciplines. Commissioned works or early career projects can and should be seen as an integral part of a work that develops in a constant dialectic of life with art. Let us remember in this regard that one of the first professional tasks of the young Jean-Luc Godard, from 1956 to 1958, was that of press secretary at Fox, for which he created a precious set of promotional materials, press kits and videos which are today works in themselves. Mention should be made, for example, of the sparkling special issue of the Figaro-Pravda newspaper published for the launch of "Alphaville" (1965) or the legendary "Livret des Sous-titres" distributed in Cannes during the first exhibition of "Le Livre d'Image" (2018). In the same way, trailers, which live autonomously and become pieces of a creation story: that of "A Woman is a Woman" (1961), that of Two or three things I know about her (1967) or that of "Mouchette" (1967). Jean-Luc Godard: Pro-Motion - bandes- annonces - publicites - clip - films d'entreprise is the name of the special programme that Curtas Vila do Conde presents in October, curated by Nicole Brenez in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française, and where short films, trailers, videos, videoclips and other advertisements created and directed by the Franco-Swiss filmmaker will be integrated.

Frank Beauvais is one of the names that mark the almost three decades of Curtas, where he presented his works several times. In 2020, the vilacondense festival invites him to a White Card that proposes a dialogue with the exceptional times we live in. The programme is based on the restoration of his latest work, "Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurles", a film made in the context of isolation and which relates his personal history to the history of cinema.

To talk about the history of cinema is not only to talk about your films, the geniuses who draw you or the protagonists who eternalize your face, but also about your everyday people. People whose work, dedication and love for the seventh art allow it to be replicated, to spread as a novelty and to question itself as a challenge. Vicente Pinto Abreu was one of those people, long time programmer of the festival and coordinator of the jury team, part of what is today the identity of Curtas, both in the always attentive and assertive contribution to the selection of films, and in the generosity with which he forced us so many times to give the body to dance at the festival parties. In the year that the festival lost a friend, there was no other way to honour him than with an invitation to go to the theatre. The selection of the programme to honour Vicente was made by Daniel Ribas, Rita Barbosa and Miguel Dias and will compile films from different periods of cinema.

Completing the programme of Cinema Revisitado, the special session around one hundred years of "One Week", the first film directed by Buster Keaton, which will be accompanied by a talk by film critic João Lopes on how the film relates to various moments in the history of the 20th Century, and the release of the restored copy of "O Recado", by José Fonseca e Costa, in a partnership with the Portuguese Cinemateca.

Sergei Loznitsa, Jafar Panahi, Guy Maddin and Nicolas Pereda in competition at Curtas

31 August 2020
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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. There will be 48 films in the national premiere that, from places of intimacy, from cultural unions and differences, from divisions and meetings, connect us to different communities, ways of being and thinking.

Sergei Loznitsa and Jafar Panahi are two of the most interesting filmmakers of today. The first, Ukrainian, has built a work that travels through the territories marked by the Soviet legacy; the second, Iranian, has been an open channel for the understanding of contemporary Iran. They have an impressive sensitivity to work with the political, social and cultural problems of their people, and have been challenged by the National Opera of Paris to create a work with a singer as its central point. Night at The Opera and Hidden bring us two glances at the culture of the two countries where heroines sing, questioning notions of representation and interpretation. Bella by Thelyia Petraki, also narrated in the feminine, develops on top of a set of love letters exchanged between Anthi and Christos in the final straight of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Combining documentary and fiction, the film freezes a specific moment in time where everything was about to change. A personal journey also proposed in Correspondencia, a work through which Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor discuss their family inheritance and motherhood, using a set of images taken from their daily lives. A story about intimacy interrupted by a country's political emergency. Also filmed in Latin America, Electric Swan by Konstantina Kotzamani makes a micro-portrait of the community of Buenos Aires, through the history of a building where different classes inhabit different floors. A film where architecture relates to the emotional map of the characters, showing how different social classes organize the geometry of the city. 

When the Spanish Civil War handed over the victory to the Franco nationalist, more than 500 thousand Spaniards fled. A trend that had begun even earlier in the republican regions of northern Spain. In Diarios del exilio archive films and home movies are gathered, illustrating the massive exodus in the pre-dictatorship and documenting one of the country's most striking historical sites. It is also about escapes that we talk about How to Disappear, an essay built on top of a video game that reflects on the role of deserters in the war, thus opening a discussion around the armament policies of nationalist movements and the ideologies that mark the exercises on the war scene. In 1946, eight months after the atomic bombings, a film crew made a feature film in Japan. The reels manage to leave the country, but are immediately classified as secret material by North American entities. In La Bobine 11004, Mirabelle Fréville explores the archive and footage of what was the first episode of atomic censorship in history. 

When the team of Mi piel, luminosa (Nicolás Pereda and Gabino Rodríguez) went to Thomas More School to shoot, at the request of the Ministry of Education, a documentary on how the "Improving Primary Schools" project was being implemented, I was far from imagining that I would find a story that would change the direction of the film. A child placed in isolation in the classroom due to an illness that took the natural pigment from his skin becomes the central figure in a film where Pereda once again melts the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Filmed in Harlem and the Claude Monet gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a cinematic poem that meditates on the security and bodily autonomy of black women. Crossing animation, archive testimonies and street interviews, Ja'Tovia Gary explores the creative virtuosity of black performers, while posing questions about how these bodies embody the legacies of forced labour. Also discussing the theme of racism and the integration of the black community in the world, South accompanies two anti-racist and anti-fascist organisations by proposing a look at the power of the collective and singular voices in the society we build. 

Also noteworthy is the premiere of Witness, by multi-award winning director Ali Asgari, Victor in Paradise, by Brendan McHugh, Look Then Below, the third episode of the trilogy that Ben Rivers is building around the work of American writer Mark von Schlegell, Stump the Guesser, a new tome in the surreal and dreamlike cinematography of Canadian Guy Maddin, Physique de la tristesse, the latest animation by Theodore Ushev, Color-blind, by Ben Russell, a portrait made between French Polynesia and Brittany, which follows the "ghost" of Gaugin for the colonial legacy of the present and Casa Sol, by Lúcia Prancha, which explores the militant universe of the Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst. 

The new confirmations add to the already announced focus on the works of Isaki Lacuesta, Elena López Riera, Ana Elena Tejera and Ana Maria Gomes. The festival's programme, which this year takes place between 3 and 11 October, will be revealed over the coming weeks, as well as details on ticket purchases.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
A Night At The Opera, Sergei Loznitsa, France, 2020, DOC, 19'48''
Bella, Thelyia Petraki, Greece, 2020, FIC, DOC, 24'35''
Camille Sans Contact, Paul Nouhet, France, 2020, FIC, 15'
Correspondencia, Carla Simón, Dominga Sotomayor, Chile, Spain, 2020, DOC, 19'29''
Diarios del Exilio, Irene Gutiérrez, Spain, 2019, DOC, 43''
Dustin, Naïla Guiguet, France, 2020, FIC, 20''
Electric Swan, Konstantina Kotzamani, France, Greece, Argentina, 2019, FIC, 40''
Empty Places, Geoffroy De Crécy, France, 2020, ANI, 08'30''
Filles Bleues, Peur Blanche, Marie Jacotey, Lola Halifa-Legrand, France, 2020, ANI, 10''
Forastera, Lucía Aleñar Iglesias, Spain, 2020, FIC, 19''
Hidden, Jafar Panahi, France, Iran, 2020, DOC, 19''
Homeless Home, Alberto Vázquez, France, Spain, 2020, ANI, 10'
How to Disappear, Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf), Austria, 2020, ANI, DOC, 21''
L’effort Commercial, Sarah Arnold, Switzerland, France, 2020, FIC, 16'58''
La Bobine 11004, Mirabelle Fréville , France, 2020, DOC, 19'
Love Hurts, Elsa Rysto, France, 2020, FIC, 30'
Mi piel, luminosa, Nicolás Pereda, Gabino Rodríguez, Mexico, Canada, 2019, DOC, 39'
Nina, Hristo Simeonov, Bulgaria, 2020, FIC, 19'57''
On Est Pas Près D’être Des Super Héros, Lia Bertels, Belgium, Portugal, 2019, ANI, 12'48''
Os Olhos Na Mata E O Gosto Na Água, Luciana Mazeto, Vinícius Lopes, Brazil, Germany, 2020, DOC, 36'20''
Physique de la tristesse, Theodore Ushev, Canada, 2019, ANI, 27'
Pour Elsa, Carmen Leroi, France, 2020, FIC, 30'
Rio, Zhenia Kazankina, Russia, 2019, FIC, 22'
Something To Remember, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden, 2019, ANI, 5'
Souvenir Souvenir, Bastien Dubois, France, 2020, ANI, 15'
Stump the Guesser, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada, 2019, FIC, 19'
Subject to Review, Theo Anthony, USA, 2019, DOC, 38'
The End Of Suffering (A Proposal), Jacqueline Lentzou, Greece, 2020, FIC, 14'15''
The Kites, Seyed Payam Hosseini, Iran, 2020, FIC, 14'
The Unseen River, Pham Ngoc Lân, Vietname, Laos, 2020 , FIC, 23''
Victor In Paradise, Brendan McHugh, EUA, 2020, FIC, 13'20''
Waste No.4 New York, New York, Jan Ijäs, Finland, EUA, 2020, DOC, 19'30''
Witness, Ali Asgari, France, Iran 2020, FIC, 14'51''

EXPERIMENTAL COMPETITION
Aggregate States of Matters, Rosa Barba, Peru, Germany, 2019, DOC, 21'20''
Autoficción, Laida, USA, Spain, New Zealand, 2020, EXP, 14'
Casa do Sol, Lúcia Prancha, Portugal, Brazil, 2020 , EXP, 12'01''
Cézanne, Luke Fowler, United Kingdom, France, 2019, EXP, 6'36''
Color-blind, Ben Russell, France, Germany, 2019, EXP, 30'
Extraction: The Raft Of The Medusa, Salomé Lamas, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, 2019, 2020, EXP, 10'43''
Jiíbie, Laura Huertas Millán, Colombia, France, 2019, DOC, 25''
Look Then Below, Ben Rivers, United Kingdom, 2019, EXP, 22'30''
Notes Imprints (On Love) Part I, Alexandra Cuesta, USA, Equador, 2019, EXP, 18'40''
People on Sunday, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Thailand, 2020, EXP, 20'53''
Plática de una Flor, Helena Estrela, Spain, 2020, EXP, 2'44''
South, Morgan Quaintance, United Kingdom, 2020, DOC, EXP, 28'15''
The Giverny Document (Single Channel), Ja'Tovia M. Gary, USA, France, 2019, EXP, 40'
THORAX, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria, 2019, EXP, 8'
Una Película En Color, Bruno Delgado Ramo, Spain, 2019, DOC, 26'46''

Curtinhas and My Generation present complete program

28 August 2020
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The programming for the children's section of Curtas is closed and this year it reinforces its work with the school public. With a program that also extends to schools, where several film sessions will be held during and after the festival, Curtinhas will have, in 2020, a space totally dedicated to the school public.

The Municipal Auditorium of Vila do Conde will then be the room dedicated to the exhibition of films to students coming from the region's schools. A decision that aims to strengthen the security measures of the event, given the pandemic scenario we are going through. The registrations for schools are already open, being established a maximum limit per session of three classes from different schools and five classes from the same school.

 

Aiming also to reunite families with the cinema, Curtinhas will also organize family sessions, in a selection of films that travel through the universes and interests of different ages. Taking place in the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde, there will be sessions for Major 3, Major 6 and Major 10, as well as continuing the My Generation program, a section that involves students between 14 and 18 years of schools in the region, responsible for choosing these films, promote this action within the school space, prepare texts and synopses and present these sessions.

In total there will be 26 films organized in different thematic sessions that aim to open the doors to new formats of audiovisual consumption and the debate on themes that mark the lives and ways of being of Portuguese students. 

A selection of these films will also be available on the online platform of the festival, to be released very soon. Schools can choose to schedule sessions for their own schools or for the Auditorium and registrations can be made through the email s.educativo@curtas.pt.


PROGRAM
Curtinhas, M3
Au Large, Mathilde Pepinster, Belgium, 2019, ANI, 05’51’’
Souvenir, Cristina Vilches Estella, Paloma Canonica, Spain, Switzerland, 2019, ANI, 13’30’’
The Little Thief, Nicole Vanden Broeck, USA, 2019, ANI, 3’8’’
Black & White, Jesús Pérez, Gerd Gockell, Switzerland, Germany, 2020, ANI, 5’29’’
Liv&Bell The World Boutique And A Flying Ribbon, Natsuki Kida, Japan, 2019, ANI, 5’
Lístek, Aliona Baranova, Czech Republic, 2020, ANI, 6’
The Witch & The Baby, Evgenia Golubeva, Russia Federation, 2020, ANI, 4’45’’

Curtinhas, M6
To: Gerard, Taylor Meacham, USA, 2020, ANI, 7’
Boriya, Min Sung Ah, France, 2019, ANI, 17’13’’
O28, Otalia Caussé, Geoffroy Collin, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, Robin Merle, Fabien Meyran, France, 2019, ANI, 5’
Matilda And The Spare Head, Ignas Meilūnas, Lithuania, 2020, ANI, FIC, 13’9’’
Tobi And The Turbobus, Verena Fels, Marc Angele, Germany, 2019, ANI, 7’30’’

Curtinhas, M10
Luce & Me, Isabella Salvetti, Italy, 2019, FIC, 10’
Têtard, Jean-Claude Rozec, France, 2019, ANI, 13’40’’
Champ, Cassandra Offenberg, Netherlands, 2019, DOC, 15’30’’
In Deutschland, Christoph Rath, Germany, 2019, FIC, 14’41’’
Bach-Hông, Elsa Duhamel, France, 2019, ANI, 18’

My Generation
Carne, Camila Kater, Spain, Brazil, 2019, ANI, DOC, 12’
Amerigo Et Le Nouveau Monde, Luis Briceño, Laurent Crouzeix, France, Chile, 2019, ANI, DOC, 13’47’’
Song Sparrow, Farzaneh Omidvarnia, Iran, Denmark, 2019, ANI, 11’43’’
How To Disappear, Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf), Austria, 2020, ANI, DOC, 21’
I, Julia, Arvin Kananian, Sweden, 2020, FIC, 15’
Sangro, Tiago Minamisawa, Bruno H Castro, Guto BR, Brazil, 2019, ANI, 7’15’’
Goodbye Golovin, Mathieu Grimard, Canada, 2019, FIC, 14’1’’
On Fait Salon, Léa Forest, France, 2019, DOC, 25’
Yandere, William Laboury, France, 2019, FIC, 21’

 

Curtas premieres new section dedicated to amplifying new voices in world cinema

17 August 2020
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New Voices will be the new non-competitive section of Curtas de Vila do Conde which aims to be a space for the exhibition of emerging directors, whose work of short and first feature films already constitutes a consistent and differentiating body of work. At a time when the cinema is facing new challenges for its distribution, this programmatic space solidifies the commitment of the festival to discover new trends and support for cinematography that will mark the future of the sector. For the first edition the choice is made with female voices. Three directors, with different connections to the festival itself, whose work, in film, performance and installation, has mirrored, in a particularly idiosyncratic way, issues of identity, sense of belonging and connection to territories. Elena López Riera, Ana Elena Tejera and Ana Maria Gomes are the new voices to meet between October 3 and 11.

Elena López Riera is a Spanish visual artist and filmmaker, working since 2008 in Switzerland, where she teaches cinema and literature at the University of Geneva. She is co-founder of the Lacasinegra collective dedicated to research and experimentation of new audiovisual devices. Her first short film, Pueblo, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and her film Las vísceras was selected for the Locarno Film Festival, where she would win the Poardino de D'oro in 2018, with Los que desean. Her work questions the ways in which the new generations query the cultural heritage transmitted, as well as the ways in which individual actions represent the collective consciousness.

Ana Maria Gomes is a French-Portuguese artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and continued her studies at Le Fresnoy, specializing in video art. In 2004, she made her first short film Simomen, a portrait of her 14-year-old brother. In 2014, he directed Lindo António, a film about his uncle who left Portugal and went to Brazil 50 years ago - never to return. Gomes' work focuses on the role of fiction in the construction of personal identities, with particular focus on his intimate and family circle.

Ana Elena Tejera is a Panamanian filmmaker, visual artist and actress. She studied psychology, performing arts and documentary film and is currently a resident artist at Le Fresnoy. She studied with Béla Tarr, Pedro Costa, José Luis Guerin, Patricio Guzman, among others, and has also collaborated in the restoration of part of the Panamanian film archive at the Filmoteca de Catalunya. She is also creator and artistic director of the Festival de La Memoria, an artistic project of performance and installations in urban decontextualized spaces with images from political archives, and member of the Chroma Theatre Company of Barcelona. She is mainly interested in the crossing of audiovisual formats and performance. Tejera premiered his first feature film, Panquiaco, at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Using different languages, Tejera, Gomes and Riera's works are concerned with personal territories and intimacies, taking a close and contemporary look at issues related to their cultural heritage and inevitably taking root in the environment where they grew up. Through their films, they challenge us to problematize issues related to a cultural heritage marked by ancestral rituals and with a strong origin in male territory. The focus that Curtas de Vila do Conde dedicates to them will include the passage of Más Que A Mi Suerte, Pueblo, Las Vísceras, Los Que Desean, Panquiaco, António, Lindo António and Bustarenga.
Ana Maria Gomes won the National Competition in 2016 with António Lindo António, her most recent film Bustarenga being a production by Curtas CRL. Elena Lopez Riera was the winner of the last edition of the festival with the film Los que desean and Ana Elena Tejera has just directed Panquiaco, her first feature film, premiered at the Rotterdam festival, and shot between Vila do Conde and Panama. The festival's programme, which this year takes place between October 3rd and 11th, will be revealed over the coming months, as well as details on ticket purchases.

Program

António, Lindo António, Ana Maria Gomes, France, 2015, DOC, 41'47''
Bustarenga, Ana Maria Gomes, Portugal, France, 2019, DOC, 30''
Las Vísceras, Elena López Riera, Spain, France, 2016, FIC, 15''
Los Que Desean, Elena López Riera, Spain, Switzerland, 2018, FIC, 24''
Más Que A Mi Suerte, Elena López Riera, Spain, 2007, FIC, 14''
Panquiaco, Ana Elena Tejera, Panamá, 2020, DOC, 80'
Pueblo, Elena López Riera, Switzerland, Spain, 2015, FIC, 27''

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