Novos Cinemas offered a Carte Blanche to Curtas Vila do Conde. A 31-year project committed to looking for emerging talent, the exploration of new ways of audiovisual expression and the necessary historiographical rereading, whereas showing a notable commitment to its environment.
Miguel Dias and Nuno Rodrigues, two of its artistic directors, will be leading and contextualizing the program designed for this edition.
Seven works that illustrate a possible itinerary on contemporary Portuguese short films. Works by Basil da Cunha, Laura Gonçalves, Eduardo Brito, João Gonzalez, Miguel Gomes, Manuel Mozos and Gabriel Abrantes make up the program designed by the management team of Curtas Vila do Conde.
Miguel Dias and Nuno Rodrigues are co-founders, programmers and artistic directors of the international festival Curtas Vila do Conde (1993). They are also co-directors of Agência da Curta Metragem, an entity focused on the promotion and international distribution of Portuguese short films, where they have produced works of filmmakers like Tiago Guedes, Sandro Aguilar, Yann Gonzalez or Miguel Gomes. Programmers and curators of Solar, Galeria de Arte Cinemática (Vila do Conde), and O Dia Mais Curto, they promoted several retrospectives about short film and contemporary portuguese cinema.
Dir: Portugal, Switzerland | 2023 | 24′44″| Colour | DCP
Basil da Cunha
A clandestine neighbourhood in Lisbon wakes up to the news of a violent police raid, which took place the night before. Camila, a 7-year-old girl, goes to search of her brother. She’s worried. Her brother is missing.
Portugal, France, United Kingdom | 2022 | 14′ | Colour | DCP
Dir: João Gonzalez
Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily.
THE GARBAGE MAN
The Garbage Man
Portugal | 2023 | 11′50″ | Colour | DCP
Dir: Laura Gonçalves
On a hot August afternoon, the family gathered at the table remembers uncle Botão: the Colonial War, emigration to France, where he lived and worked thirty years as a garbage man.
THE GLORY OF FILMMAKING IN PORTUGAL
Portugal | 2015 | 16′ | Colour | DCP
Dir: Manuel Mozos
On 18 September 1929, the Portuguese writer José Régio sent a letter to Alberto Serpa expressing his desire to create a production company and start making films. He asked him to contact a friend who had a film camera.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X
Portugal, United Kingdom, France | 2016 | 7′ | Cor | DCP
Dir: Gabriel Abrantes
A supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s infamous ‘Princess X’: a futuristic bronze phallus that is actually a bust portrait of Napoleon’s equally infamous great grand niece, Marie Bonaparte.
Portugal | 2016 | 8′36″ | Colour | DCP
Dir: Eduardo Brito
The distopian city of Penumbria was founded two hundred years ago, in a distant istmus – a place of arid soils, angry seas and violent weather. Penumbria was due its name to the almost permanent shadow, caused be a southern mountain.
Portugal | 2000 | 23′ | Colour | DCP
Dir: Miguel Gomes
25th December in the middle eighties. The Family get together in the grandparents’ house. When I was twelve I dreamt that I was putting in motion the figures of the Nativity Scene.