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'

Carlos Conceição is the second director in focus of Curtas

28 May 2019
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Let's start with “Serpentarius", the first feature film by Carlos Conceição, premiered this year in Berlin and which is being presented as Portuguese Premiere at Curtas Vila do Conde festival. The film, lead by João Arrais ("Soldado Milhões", "Coelho Mau”), follows the journey of a filmmaker in search of his mother's soul in a post-apocalyptic Africa. An emotional reflection on memory that transmutes between the director's biography in Africa - where he was born and lived to his 21st birthday - and episodes of the continent's own history.  A film-catastrophe, where feelings of belonging are explored, a reflexion about Angola after the war when the country is rediscovering its identity and the references erased by history.

Referred as one of the most interesting young European directors, Carlos Conceição explores in his films an elegant, romantic, baroque and subversive style. It was so with “Versailles" presented at the Locarno competition in 2013, but in Vila do Conde we will be show a never seen Director’s Cut. "Coelho Mau” is another film to be screened, premiered at the Cannes Critic’s Week it's a Portuguese-French co-production that deals with the relations between two brothers (João Arrais and Julia Palha), an absent mother (Carla Maciel) and his lover (Matthieu Charneau). The retrospective of the festival will also include "O Inferno", a look into the interior of a contemporary house that tests the limits of perception and the capacity of the viewer to be shock.
The program for this focus will be end with a Carte blanche to Carlos Conceição, where the director chooses films that dialogue with his career and his work: starting with references to Pasolini and Carl Dreyer - with the screening of "La Sequenza Dei Fiore di Carta" and “Thorvaldsen" - it also includes "Le Musée" de Walerian Borowczyk (whose work, recently restored, is being rediscovered by the film community worldwide) or “Brando” the short film that inaugurated the collaboration between Scott Walker and the precursors of the drone metal, Sunn o))).
Carlos Conceição will be in the festival to present the his films and Carte Blanche, and will also participate in a conversation with directors João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues.
The 27th Curtas Vila do Conde, which be held from July 6th to 14th, has the support of the MEDIA / Creative Europe program, the Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, ICA - Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and several others indispensable partners of the festival.

“Serpentarius", Carlos Conceição, Portugal, Angola, 2019, doc./fic.,75’
“Bad Bunny", Carlos Conceição, Portugal, France, 2017, fic., 30’
“Hell", Carlos Conceição, Portugal, 2011, fic., 20'50''
“Versailles" (never seen director’s cut), Carlos Conceição, Portugal, fic., 2019, 18’


Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Les Blank, 1980, 22’
Moving Stories, Nicolas Provost, Belgium, 2011, 7’
Le Musée, Walerian Borowczyk, France, 1964, 2’
Interlúdio 1: Real Men Meow (Memory Hole), 2’
Cat Listening To Music, Chris Marker, France, 1990, 3’
Trailer de "Mill Of The Stone Women", 2’
Brando - Scott Walker + Sunn o))), Gisele Vienne, France, 2014, 10’
Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger (excerpt from "66 Scenes From America"), Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1982, 5’
Thorvaldsen, Carl Dreyer, Denmark, 1949, 10’
Interlúdio 2: "Our World Is Ending" (Memory Hole), 2’
La Sequencia Dei Fiore di Carta (episode by “Amore e rabbia”), Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1969, 11’ 

Thurston Moore at Curtas Vila do Conde

23 May 2019
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The program for STEREO is finished, a section of Curtas Vila do Conde that combines the best of two worlds: music and cinema. The 27th edition of the festival brings to Vila do Conde, Thurston Moore, The Heliocentrics, Montanhas Azuis and a collaboration between Tiago Cutileiro and Marta Navarro.

Thurston Moore moved to New York upon entering adulthood to play punk. Four years later he founded Sonic Youth, a band that changed the way a whole generation thought and performed experimentation in rock. As a solo artist, he is, still today, one of the names that more path breaks in the creation of new languages ​​in collision with the mainstream standards. From improvisation to purest rock, from acoustic composition to noise there seems to be no spaces where Moore does not feel comfortable. The same can be said of the numerous collaborations he made with other artists such as Yoko Ono, David Toop, Cecil Taylor, Faust or Irmin Schmidt (CAN), who still gave him time to do poetry or give writing lessons. In music, he continues to go onstage with The Thurston Moore Group, however he will perform solo in July in Vila do Conde. On this comeback, Thurston Moore has the challenge of composing for a selection of short films by Maya Deren, one of the most iconic American avant-garde filmmakers and one of the first women to build a career as a film director. Witch Cradle, At Land, Ritual in Transfigured Time and Meshes of the Afternoon are the films that will make up this movie-concert.


London psychedelic jazz collective The Heliocentrics have their roots in the ‘90s when drummer Malcolm Catto recorded for Mo’Wax and Jazzman They recorded their breakthrough album for Stones Throw, ‘Out There’ in 2007, and have since then solidified their place among the most interesting names of music of the last decades. Balancing the exotic and the "strange", the universe of The Heliocentrics is vast and evolutionary. Their discography is a document of a journey between the different incarnations of jazz and funk and their incredible list of collaborations is a kind of introduction to the names that marked the post-Mo'Wax movement from MF Doom to Ethio jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, from jazzman Lloyd Miller to Afro soul Godfather, Orlando Julius. In July, the collective will  films. A cutting-edge filmmaker, Smith has collected thousands of Victorian magazine prints for decades to create some of the most creative animations American cinema knows. Upholsteries recall the collages of Max Ernst, where spaces in transformation, made up of antiques, artifacts and creatures serve as background for the stories of delirious heroes and heroines.


Three of the most important names of contemporary Portuguese music, alone or in the various projects that inhabit the cultural production of the country, the sonorous universes of Marco Franco, Norberto Lobo and Bruno Pernadas are far from being simple and predictable. Holders of a language in a constant state evolution, conquered with their records some of the most disputed tops of the critics and the wide respect of public and theirs peers. In January they edited Ilha de Plástico under the name Montanhas Azuis, a space for experimentation towards analog instruments, from guitars to synthesizers. Live (in the rare presentations they make) they show us environmental songs, interludes with healing powers, cosmic journeys, folk with jazz frills, and low-resolution electronic landscapes, among other surprising ideas that may arise in the meantime. Or ideas with images, for there is also Pedro Maia involved in all of this, the cinematic guide to this adventurous trip. This event has the support of SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores.


STEREO opening session will show Das Cabinett Des Dr. Caligari, by Robert Wiene, one of the greatest references of the German expressionist movement in cinema. Cellist Marta Navarro and composer and sound artist Tiago Cutileiro will be responsible for the creation of an original music and interpretation for the film. Commissioned by Curtas this project intends to construct a sonorous environment for the silent story of a hypnotist who commits homicides during crises of somnambulism. This film, which was shot in the autumn of 1919 and almost 100 years ago, gives the motto to the exhibition The Case Caligari, which opens on the first day of the festival, at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery.


Tickets for these performances cost between 7 and 16 euros and may be purchased at Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde and at the online box office (BOL).


The 27th Curtas Vila do Conde, which be held from July 6th to 14th, has the support of the MEDIA / Creative Europe program, the Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, ICA - Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and several others indispensable partners of the festival.



Tiago Cutileiro + Marta Navarro - Das Cabinett Des Dr. Caligari 
Date: Saturday 6 July 17h30
Place: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Price: €7 (pre-sale until 5th July) / €8 (from 6th July) 
Tickets: here

Thurston Moore with films by Maya Deren
Date: Wednesday, 10 July, 21h00
Place: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Price: €14 (pre-sale until 5th July) / €16 (from 6th July) 
Tickets: here

The Heliocentrics – Heaven and Earth Magic
Date , 12 July 23h45
Place: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Preço: €8 (pre-sale until 5th July) /  / €10 (from 6th July) 
Tickets: here

Montanhas Azuis + Pedro Maia
With the support SPA - Sociedade Portugesa de Autores
Date: Saturday, 13 July, 23h45
Local: Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Preço: €7 (pre-sale until 5th July) / €8  (from 6th July)
Tickets: here



Curtinhas looking for jury

17 May 2019
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Are you between 8 and 12 years old? Do you like movies? So we have a challenge for you!
Join the Jury Curtinhas do Curtas Vila do Conde and help choose the best film of the children's competition of the 27th edition of the festival, which will run from July 6 to 14. At the closing ceremony, you will be able to announce the winning film and award the MAR Shopping Matosinhos Awards to the award-winning director.
The elements of this special jury, composed of 15 children, will receive a free-pass for the children's sessions of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde and a T-shirt Curtinhas.
Subscribe to the e-mail at animar@curtas.pt.

About the Curtinhas ...
The Curtinhas is a mini-festival inside the Curtas Vila do Conde that brings together parents and children sharing a week of cinema. This section of the festival, which starts with an animated film for the whole family, is made up of a short film competition, the Playground to Play Cinema and workshops and ludic activities linked to moving images.
With dozens of films in competition, the Competition Curtinhas presents a selection of works from around the world made to think about the youth audience. The winning film will be chosen by a jury composed of children from 8 to 12 years old, who will award the MAR Shopping Matosinhos Fair at the Festival Closing Ceremony on July 14.
During the nine days of the festival, the Children's Playground at Cinema will host various activities for children from 4 to 12 years old, allowing parents to attend the film sessions while their children enjoy a place of fun and learning, under the guidance of a team of trainers. This space will have a schedule coinciding with that of the sessions and a permanent schedule consisting of short ateliers, viewing of films and the performance of other activities related to cinema.

My Generation is the new section of Curtas Vila do Conde

17 May 2019
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The 27th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, which will run from July 6 to 14, will have a new competitive section, My Generation. Targeting the age group between 14 and 18 years of high schools, it involves four schools in Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim. The films that are part of this competition were chosen by the students of these schools, and will be exhibited in the schools themselves and during the festival, with the presence of the filmmakers. Students will be involved in all phases of the process, in addition to the selection of films, such as the promotion of this action within the school space, the preparation of texts and synopses or the presentation of the sessions and invited filmmakers.

The program, whose winner will be calculated by counting the votes of young audiences in schools and the festival, presents a selection of short films, with fiction, animation and documentary, from several countries. This selection is an opportunity to stimulate the audiovisual literacy of the school community, around moving images.
The 27th Curtas Vila do Conde, which runs from July 6 to 14, has the support of the MEDIA / Creative Europe program, the Vila do Conde City Hall, the Ministry of Culture, the Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and several indispensable partners to the festival.
Participating Schools:
José Régio High School, Vila do Conde
Afonso Sanches High School, Vila do Conde
High School Eça de Queirós, Póvoa de Varzim
Rocha Peixoto High School Póvoa de Varzim
"Albatross Soup" by Winnie Cheung; USA; 7 '; 2018; ANI
"Empty Skies" by Wenting Deng Fisher; USA; 18 '; 2018; FIC
"Fatiya" by Marion Desseigne-Ravel; France; 20 '; 2018; FIC
Patrick Smith's "Gun Shop"; USA; 2'; 2019; ANI
"Le Mans 1955" by Quentin Baillieux; France; 15 '; 2018; ANI
"Malanka" by Paul-Louis Léger, Pascal Messaoudi; France; 14 '; 2018; DOC
"Mort Aux Codes" by Léopold Legrand; France; 14 '; 2018; FIC
"Nefta Football Club" by Yves Piat; France; 17 '; 2018; FIC
"The Sea Enrola na Areia" by Catarina Mourão; Portugal; 15 '; 2019; DOC
"Selfies" by Claudius Gentinetta; Switzerland; 4 '; 2018; ANI
"To Plant a Flag" by Bobbie Peers; Norway, Iceland; 15 '; 2018; FIC
"Untravel" by Ana Nedeljkovic; Serbia; 9 '; 2018; ANI

Closing Party Animar 14

13 May 2019
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Regina Pessoa in Vila do Conde to present her latest film and her work in animation films at the closing party of ANIMAR 14.

The ANIMAR 14 comes to an end with a program for the whole family where the young are the center of attention. The Closing Party will take place on May 25 at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde.
In the last three months, the Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery team has intensively promoted several activities dedicated to the training of the youngest for the cinema: cinema sessions, movie studios, pixilation workshops, optical toys and stop- motion "and guided visits to the patent exhibition, among others. From elementary to secondary education, more than two thousand students from the North region were able to participate in this project, both in school context and beyond.
In this edition, the program includes the presentation of short films made during ANIMAR 14, the presentation of the prizes of the illustration contest and the presentation of the full retrospective in animation of Regina Pessoa, with the presence of the director, whose high point will be the debut of his latest film "Uncle Thomas, Accounting For The Days".
Until Saturday, May 24, it will still be possible to visit the exhibition ANIMAR 14, a patent in the Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinematic, and the next day will be the closing party at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde starting at 4 pm.
4:00 pm: Short films produced in ateliers and reporting on all activities;
4:30 pm: Presentation of prizes of the ANIMAR Illustration Contest 14;
17:00: Premiere of Regina Pessoa's new film, "Uncle Thomas, Accounting For The Days", with the presence of the director
retrospective of his work in animation cinema

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