"Party Day" at Cannes

22 April 2019
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"Party Day", short film by the Portuguese director Sofia Bost, will have its world premiere at the Semaine de la Critique's competition of the Cannes Film Festival

"Party Day", the first short film by the Portuguese director Sofia Bost, was selected to be part of the official competition of the Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place between 15th and 23rd of May, in France.
Produced by Uma Pedra no Sapato and promoted international by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, "Party Day" follows Mena on the birthday of her daughter Clara, and has the participation of actresses Rita Martins, Melissa Matos, Teresa Madruga, Sandra Celas, Mariana Silva, Sara Gonçalves and Fernanda Neves.
Sofia Bost revealed that "the film looks at the complexity of the relationships between mothers and daughters, a subject that has interested me for a long time and that I had already begun to explore in film school. When I read Tiago Bastos Capitão's script, I knew immediately that it was the right project for me."
Sofia Bost was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1986, and graduated in Communication Sciences in Lisbon. She completed her Masters degree in Filmmaking at the London Film School and lives and works in Lisbon.
Created in 1962 by the French Union of Film Critics as a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, Critic's Week focuses on discovering new talents. The past editions, films by Portuguese directors such as Carlos Conceição, Pedro Peralta and Cristéle Alves Meira were screened. The film selection committees, composed of critics who are members of the French Union of Film Critics, hence reveal the very unique universes of emerging talents. "Party Day" will run for the Leica Cine Discovery Prize for short films. In addition, the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution, the SACD Prize and the Canal + Prize for short films will be awarded.
Besides the screening in Cannes, La Semaine de la Critique’s scope of action includes accompanying the selected short film directors through Next Step. Sofia Bost will attend a one week workshop in December, with the purpose of helping her step further towards feature film.

Carte Blache to João Nicolau at Curtas Vila do Conde

15 April 2019
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As part of the celebration of its 20th anniversary, Agencia - Portuguese Short Film Agency presents the initiative "Carte Blanche to Portuguese Filmmakers", which is travelling to Portuguese film festivals, from north to south of Portugal, in the timespan of a year, with special screenings of 21st century Portuguese short film cinematography. Curtas Vila do Conde participates in the initiative with invited director João Nicolau, who will  present a Carte Blanche during the festival, held from July 6th to 14th.

 

The "Carte Blanche to the Filmmakers" is a Portuguese cinema cycle, thought to be an inverted process, by inviting the people who think and create cinema - the filmmakers - to put themselves in the role of a programmer and make a revisitation to Portuguese Cinema by conceiving a short film program.
This project, carried out by the Agencia with the participation of twenty Portuguese film festivals and the indispensable collaboration of the filmmakers who accepted the challenge, has the financial support of the Film and Audiovisual Institute and is meant to be another significant step in a set of future initiatives towards film culture.
The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Agencia will also include the publication of a book on Portuguese cinema of the 21st century, coordinated and edited by Daniel Ribas and Paulo Cunha, Portuguese cinema researchers with extensive bibliography and regular collaborators Curtas Vila do Conde. This book, scheduled to be release in October, will feature texts by Augusto Seabra, Haden Guest, Adrian Martin, Leo Goldsmith, Roger Koza, Carmen Gray, Cíntia Gil, Iván Villarmea, Tiago Baptista, Pascale Cassagnau, Olivier Cotte and Martin Pawley.
This project carried out by the Agencia, with the participation of the participating festivals and the indispensable collaboration of the filmmakers who joined the challenge, has the financial support of the Film and Audiovisual Institute and intends to be another significant step in a set of future initiatives in favor of our film culture.
 

 

Todd Solonz: Director in focus of the 27th Edition of Curtas Vila do Conde

20 March 2019
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Filmmaker Todd Solondz is the director in focus of the 27th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, which this year will take place from July 6 to 14.

Todd Solondz is one of the leading independent American filmmakers and will attend the festival to present a retrospective of his filmography, from the films that contributed to his critical breakthrough in the 1990s, such as "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (1995) and "Happiness" (1998), to his more recent works, such as "Dark Horse" (2011) or "Wiener Dog" (2016). The retrospective will take place from July 6 to 10 at Vila do Conde Municipal Theater.
Known for his irony, Solondz challenges viewers to overcome prejudices through his gaze, even if pessimistic has the gift of teaching us to face life through the tenderness of his characters. It portrays the darker side of the human being, but with a good deal of humor, in a visceral analysis explored through a tragicomic vision.
Todd Solondz will be in Vila do Conde to present his work and, on the 10th July, the festival goers will have the chance to attend a talk with the director at the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde.
Solondz visit to Portugal will also include the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University where he will participate at the Summer School and present one of his films in the city of Porto, on July 5th, a screening that will open the retrospective at Curtas Vila do Conde.

Short films on ANIMATIC

9 January 2019
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The films "Água Mole" by Laura Gonçalves and Alexandra Ramires (Shah), "Ride" by Paul Bush and "Entre Sombras" by Mónica Santos and Alice Guimarães are selected for the ANIMAC Festival taking place in Spain from February 21 to 24 .
ANIMAC is an international animation festival in Lleida since 1996, which has become a reference in the creation of new cinematographic and animation techniques.
"Água Moler" will be featured on the official festival program and "Ride" and "Entre Sombras" are included in the session "MONOGRAPHIC SESSION STOP MOTION 1", a special selection of this edition.

Films of the Agencia candidates for nominations of Cesar awards

7 January 2019
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"Entre Sombras" by Alice Eça Guimarães and Mónica Santos and "Como Fernando Pessoa Salvou Portugal" by Eugène Green are candidates for nominations for the César film awards, awarded by the French Film Academy.

The animation film "Entre sombras" by Alice Eça Guimarães and Mónica Santos and "Como Fernando Pessoa Salvou Portugal" by Eugène Green are candidates for nominations for the César film awards, awarded by the French Film Academy.

"Entre sombras", which won the Audience Award at the Curtas Vila do Conde festival in July, uses the technique of pixilation and stop motion with real actors, with interpretation by Sara Costa and Gilberto Oliveira.
The film has already been screened at various festivals, and has won a prize at the Animafest in Zabreg, Croatia, and the special jury prize at the Hiroshima Animation Film Festival in Japan.
Also in the list of pre-selected prizes, in the category of best short film, is the Portuguese co-production "Como Fernando Pessoa saved Portugal", by the director Eugène Green, with Carloto Cotta as the Portuguese poet.
The film premiered worldwide at Curtas Vila do Conde, and was also screened at the Locarno Festival in Switzerland.
The 44th edition of the César is scheduled for February 22.

Ricardo Jacinto's individual exhibition at Solar

19 September 2018
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The Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, in Vila do Conde, presents, between September 22 and November 3, "Cinco Filmes e Uma Máscara", an individual exhibition by Portuguese composer and artist Ricardo Jacinto. The opening will take place next September 22 (Saturday), at 6:30 pm.

Besides the permanent installation, which brings together five videos made by the artist and a mask, the exhibition project also includes the concert-installation "Medusa Spectrum", which will take place on September 29 at 7:30 pm., within the program of the 14th edition of Circular - Festival of Performative Arts and designed specifically for the space of this gallery.

Intersecting the musical and artistic practices, Ricardo Jacinto explores the possibilities of sonorous configurations of space, working with the specificities of the structures where he exhibits, such as Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery. Thus, the video installation, permanently displayed in the gallery, will be dialoguing with the musical work of Ricardo Jacinto and Nuno Torres, at the live performance titled "Medusa Spectrum".

Nuno Torres and Ricardo Jacinto have been collaborating continuously in the last years, sharing several projects in duo and in articulation with a vast group of musicians, among them Manuel Mota, Ricardo Guerreiro, Shiori Usui, Susana Santos Silva, C. Spencer Yeh, Diogo Alvim, João Pais Filipe, Gustavo Costa and Nuno Morão. Projects such as Cacto, Parque, Les Voisins, Eye Height and Temporary Territories have served as a motto for a musical and sound sharing with public presentation in several places such as CCB - Lisbon, Serralves Museum - Porto, Center Culturel Gulbenkian - Paris, Dance Base - Edinburgh, Culturgest - Lisbon and ZDB - Lisbon.

Ricardo Jacinto lives and works between Lisbon and Belfast and is currently a PhD student at the Sonic Arts Research Center. Graduated in Architecture from the University of Lisbon and in Sculpture and Visual Arts from Ar.Co. He also studied music at the Hot Clube de Portugal and the Academia de Músicos Amadores, in Lisbon. Since 1998, he has presented his work in individual and collective exhibitions, concerts and performances in Portugal and abroad, collaborating with artists, musicians, architects and performers. He is also founder of the OSSO cultural association.

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