"The Last Time I Saw Macao" on DVD
The film “The Last Time I Saw Macao”, by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, is now available on DVD in France and the United States .
The French version, edited by Epicentre Films, includes extras like the short films “Red Dawn “ and “China China”, the biography of directors and a photo gallery . In the United States, in addition to interviews and other extras, the DVD edited by the Cinema Guild, also includes the short films “Red Dawn “ and “ Mahjong ,” the latest work of the two filmmakers produced by Estaleiro.
“The Last Time I Saw Macao”, tells the story of a man who receives in Lisbon an email from a friend which he haven’t seen for years, Candy , asking him to meet her in Macau , where strange and frightening things are happening . The man lived in Macau for many years where he spent the best times of his life. This trip also a return to his memories.
The Mother and The Sea in Rotterdam and New York
The film “The Mother and the Sea”, by Gonçalo Tocha, was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival to be held from January 22 to February 2 in the Netherlands. The documentary will be shown in My Own Private Europe section, which aims to rediscover the identity of Europe through the personal view of several European filmmakers.
The film was also chosen to open the 13th edition of the Festival of Documentaries of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which will happen between 14 and 28 February in New York. The Portuguese documentary will be shown on the first day of the festival which this year will feature 30 international films.
The documentary, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project with the participation of a team of cinema students from Porto, describes the day-to-day of “fisherwomen” in the beach of Vila Chã, in Vila do Conde.
Luso-Brazilian short film in Berlinale
The short film “Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea”, by Felipe Bragança and Helvécio Marins Jr. , was selected for the Berlinale, the International Film Festival of Berlin , held 6-16 February in Germany .
The film will be screened at the 9th edition of the Forum Expanded, a parallel section to the Festival which this year has the theme the question “ What do we know when we know where something is? “. This section of the festival starts on February 5 and will present about 50 works from 20 countries around the world.
“Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea” is a little Portuguese-Brazilian song. Fernando spends his time between a cafe in the neighbourhood and his small house in Porto. Coming from Brazil he receives a small present that makes him imagine paradise.
The film, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project, involved a team of film students from Portugal and Brazil. The world premiere of the short film took place in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, in 2013.
The Portuguese Short Film Agency in Clermont - Ferrand Festival
The Portuguese Short Film Agency will be present in the next edition of the largest and most important European festival dedicated to short films, the Festival of Clermont – Ferrand, which will take place between January 31 and February 8 in France.
The presence of the Agency in Clermont – Ferrand will, once again, promote the Portuguese short films through a set of activities in 29º Short Film Market taking place during the festival: the installation of a promotional stand, the distribution of a catalog to distributors, television and festivals with information about the films produced, and daily promotion of national cinematography to the professionals in the festival.
The media coverage of the event and the presence of about 3300 professionals from around the world make the Clermont – Ferrand Short Film Market privileged and important in the promotion of Portuguese cinema.
The participation of the Short Film Agency in 36th edition of the Festival is supported by the Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Instituto Camões, Embassy of Portugal in Paris and Niepoort.
Bucharest Film Festival with Portuguese Program
The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, in Romania, begins today and will feature a program dedicated to the Portuguese cinema, organized in collaboration with The Portuguese Short Film Agency.
The program entitled “The Portuguese cinematic miracle,” will integrate movies represented by the Agency: LAND OF MY DREAMS, by Yann Gonzalez, THE GRAVEDIGGER, by André Gil Mata and TO THE WOLF OF MADRAGOA, by Pedro Bastos.
The program shows the creative boom of Portuguese cinema in recent years despite the lack of financial support and will be presented by a representative of the Agency, also member of the jury of the festival.
In the competitive section of the Romanian festival will be screened THE KING’S BODY, by João Pedro Rodrigues, and AS THE FLAMES ROSE, by João Rui Guerra da Mata.
The short film WILD HAGGIS, by João Nicolau, will be presented at the special program of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
more info HERE
Portuguese Short-films awarded at Luso Brazilian Film Festival
The 17th edition of the Luso-Brazilian Film Festival, held from 1-8 December in Santa Maria da Feira, awarded five short-films from the Portuguese Short Film Agency.
CAROSELLO, by Jorge Quintela, won the award for best short-film. LUMINITA, by André Marques, received an honorable mention from the Jury of the festival. The Revelation Prize was awarded to REI INÚTIL, by Telmo Churro. VERSAILLES, by Carlos Conceição, won the Critic’s Prize and GAMBOZINOS, by John Nicholas, won the Prize of Film Clubs!
The Great Celebration of Short Film is coming!
In less than a month arrives, for the first time in Portugal, the SHORT FILM DAY, the great celebration of short film, an event that was born in France in 2011 and will be held simultaneously in over forty countries around the world.
Albufeira, Barcelos, Braga, Cascais, Coimbra, Constância, Faro, Figueira da Foz, Funchal, Guimarães, Leiria, Lisboa, Matosinhos, Porto, Redondo, Santo Tirso, Sardoal, Senhora da Hora, Tavira, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Gaia and Viseu are the cities that will participate in the first Portuguese edition of the SHORT FILM DAY.
During the day of December 21, there will be presented at different locations a selection of films with national and international productions, for adults and children.
Having humor as a reference “This is not a Funny Program” is a collection of hilarious short films of european comedy. The sessions “Curtas Portuguesas 1” and “ Curtas Portuguesas 2” will showcase a selection of the best national short films of the last years, reflecting the quality of Portuguese cinema. Thinking of our younger audiences, “Curtinhas” presents a collection of fun short films for an afternoon well spent in family!
Two special events held in Porto and Guimarães will be the start of this initiative at 00h of the 21st, where we will celebrate non-stop with films and music this short but innovative formate.
Several Portuguese short films were awarded last weekend in different Spanish film festivals.
The film “Luminita” by André Marques was twice awarded in the 51st International Film Festival of Gijon with the award for Best Screenplay and Special Jury Prize.
In Barcelona, the short film “Má Raça”, by André Santos and Marco Leão, won the award GAC for Best Screenplay at the 20th edition of L’Alternativa, Independent Film Festival of Barcelona.
In Bilbao, “Mahjong” by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, produced by Estaleiro, was awarded with the Mikeldi Plata at the Festival Internacional de Cine documental y cortometraje. At the same festival, the animation “Outro Homem Qualquer” by Luís Soares received the Mikeldi de Oro.
The Short Film Day
On December 21st, 2013, it will be held in Portugal for the first time THE SHORT FILM DAY the great celebration of short film, an event that was born in France in 2011 and is now is held in 20 countries.
The shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, inspired the idea to promote short films for local audiences, encouraging public screenings in several places. Whether online, in cinemas or on different public places, the presentation of short films during this short but intense day provides an opportunity to discover a large number of filmmakers and their works.
It’s on this day that creativity is based on the richness of the films and the imagination of the organizers, and diversity is presented and is put into practice initiatives to promote cinema in short format, to encourage new creators and professional practices, increasing admirers of the format and facilitating access to culture.
THE SHORT FILM DAY is a unique initiative that will introduce the best Portuguese short films (but not only!), with all its richness and diversity. This initiative is developed in Portugal by AGENCIA Short Film Agency that assumes a role of high importance in the international projection of Portuguese short films through its promotion action either from film festivals and events of similar nature or by organizing initiatives and special retrospective programs.
"The Mother and The Sea" premieres internationally
Rome is the city chosen for the international premiere of “The Mother and the Sea” by Gonçalo Tocha, a production by Curtas Metragens CRL. The film was selected to the competition Cinema XXI of the Rome Film Festival, that will be held between the 8th and 17th of November.
Shot at the Vila Chã beach, this project talks about the tradition of the fisherwomen, a peculiar phenomenon of this region. “The Mother and the Sea” was produced by a team of film students of Porto.
Moreover, before the Rome screening, the film can been seen in competition at DocLisboa on November 1st and 2nd. After that THE MOTHER AND THE SEA was also selected to CPH DOX (Dinamarca), Mar Del Plata (Argentina) and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire em Montreal (Canadá).
"Mahjong" in Theatres
MAHJONG, the latest film by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, has commercial debut in Portugal on October 3rd in addition to the feature film “Interior. Leather Bar” by James Franco and Travis Mathews.
MAHJONG is a production by Curtas Metragens CRL, that organizes Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival and was developed by the directors with a team of students under the project Estaleiro.
MAHJONG had its international premiere at the Locarno Festival last August and debuted in the United States along with The Last Time I Saw Macau, also directed by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata.
The film was shot in Varziela, Vila do Conde, Portugal’s largest Chinatown, and extends the Asian themes emphasizing hybrid research between fiction and documentary presented in the directors’ previous films. It is also an exercise of genre, mixing suspense with humor.
Portugal in Montreal
The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2013 that will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 9-20 October selected four Portuguese short films for its international competition program.
Portugal will be represented by Mahjong, by the duo João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, To The Wolf of Madragoa, by Pedro Bastos, Dive: Approach and Exit, by Sandro Aguilar and finnaly Jorge Quintela will present Carosello, winner of Curtas Vila do Conde 2013.
Award in Brasília
The film “Fernando Who Received a Bird from the Sea” – produced by Curtas Metragens CRL and directed by Helvécio Marins Jr. and Felipe Bragança – was awarded at the Brasilia Film Festival with Best soundtrack (for Gustavo Fioravante and O Grivo).
The jury was composed by the director and editor Caetano Gotthard, the director, producer and screenwriter Camilo Cavalcante and the director, producer and animator Cesar Cabral.
The 46th Festival de Brasilia was held between 17-24 September. “Fernando Who Received a Bird from the Sea” is a co-production between Portugal and Brazil.
Sandro Aguilar's retrospective in Berlin and Nova Iorque
The filmmaker Sandro Aguilar is currently the guest of the DAAD program in Berlin. On this occasion, a retrospective of all his short films will take place at Arsenal cinema in Berlin on the 29th and 30th August and will be presented by the author himself.
In October, it will the Lincoln Center in New York to present the short films by this director as part the section Views of the New York Film Festival. The programmer has defined them as “Beautiful, distinctive, rigorously precise uniquely poetIc works of art.”
Regina Pessoa at Animamundi
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, the most important International Animation Festival in Brazil invited the Portuguese filmmaker Regina Pessoa for an “Animated Chat” and also to present a Masterclass “From Stone to Pixel” where she will exhibit her three animation short films. The artist will bring to the Brazilian audience a insight of her experience in animation.
Free streaming of Portuguese short films
DocAlliance channel (http://dafilms.com/) will launch an online event dedicated to Portuguese cinema in collaboration with the Agency – Portuguese Short Film Agency.
From August 5th to 11th it will be possible for everyone to see all the following films on free streaming:
MIRACLE OF SAINT ANTHONY, Sergei Loznitsa
RED DAWN, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
THE COMMUNITY, Salomé Lamas
A ROAD AS A STREET, Graça of Castanheira
A RIVER CALLED BIRD, Luís Alves de Matos
ASHES, AN ESSAY ON FIRE by Pedro Flores
THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE, Helvécio Martins Jr.
RECONVERSION, Thom Andersen
OBLIGATION, João Canijo
+ info: Portugal about Portugal.
Miguel Gomes in Venice
“Redemption”, the most recent short film by Miguel Gomes was selected to the 70th edition of La Biennale di Venezia.
The film, a 26-minute fiction is a co-production between France, Germany and Italy, will be screened out of competition, and marks the debut of Miguel Gomes festival in Venice, having his works previously been selected (and winning) in festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Toronto and São Paulo.
“Redemption” follows four characters in different times – a child in Portugal in 1975, an elderly man in Milan in 2011, a father in Paris in 2012, a bride in Leipzig in 1977 – in search of redemption, according to the synopsis of the production O Som e a Fúria.
more info at: http://www.labiennale.org/it/cinema/70-mostra/film/
Portuguese films in Locarno
Several Portuguese short films were selected for the next Festival of Locarno. All of them had premiere at the 21st Curtas Vila do Conde. The Locarno Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals and takes place from 7 to 17 August in the Swiss town of Locarno.
In the competitive section Pardi di Domani, dedicated to short films, was selected “Versailles” by Carlos Conceição. For the section out of competition were selected “Mahjong”, by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata and “O Corpo de Afonso”, by João Pedro Rodrigues. Basil da Cunha will be jury in the section Pardi di Domani.
Portuguese cinema will also be seen in the last feature film (posthumous) by Paulo Rocha, “Se eu Fosse Ladrão… Roubava”, along with a tribute to the director, with the screening of the classic films “Verdes Anos” and “Mudar de Vida”. Finally, Joaquim Pinto will present “E Agora? Lembra-me” at the Festival international competition.
+ info: http://www.pardolive.ch/
Portuguese program in Hollywood
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, with the help of Agência, prepared a program that will pay tribute to Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival.
The Festival will be held from July 31st to August 4th and will screen the following films curated by Guest Artistic Director Dario Oliveira, director of Vila do Conde IFF, stated Artistic Director, Sandro Fiorin:
- “Rapace”, by João Nicolau
- “Arena”, by João Salaviza
- “O Coveiro”, by André Gil Mata
- “Sinais de Serenidade por Coisas sem Sentido”, by Sandro Aguilar
- “Manhã de Santo António”, by João Pedro Rodrigues
- “O Que Arde Cura”, by João Rui Guerra da Mata
- “North Atlantic”, by Bernardo Nascimento
Meetings with directors at Curtas Vila do Conde
Continuing an event started in 2012, Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency promotes daily encounters with Portuguese directors. These debates aimed to directors who have films at the Portuguese competition or at Estaleiro screenings are a opportunity to discuss the films with the Festival’s audience.
-Tuesday, 9 – 16:00: Gonçalo Tocha, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Felipe Bragança e André Tentúgal.
-Wednesday, 10 – 16:00: Paulo d’Alva, Sérgio Ribeiro, Filipa César, Tiago Rosa-Rosso e Ivo M. Ferreira.
-Thursday, 11 – 16:00: André Guiomar, Pedro Caeiro, David Bonneville e André Marques.
-Friday, 12 – 16:00: João Viana, João Pedro Rodrigues, Pedro Bastos e João Nicolau.
-Saturday, 13 – 16:30: Jorge Quintela, Carlos Conceição, Telmo Churro e Carlos Amaral.
These meetings take place at the Lounge Curtas, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde.
"Kali, The Little Vampire" nominated to Cartoon d'Or
The short animated film “Kali, the Little Vampire” by Regina Pessoa is one of the six films nominated for the Cartoon d’Or 2013.
The Cartoon D’Or, with the value of 15,000 € is the most prestigious and wanted award for European animation films. The ceremony for the Cartoon d’Or Award 2013 will be held this year in Toulouse on 19th September.
More info at: http://www.cartoon-media.eu/index.php integrated into the Cartoon Forum.
“Kali, the Little Vampire” was recently awarded with an Honorable Mention (Entertainment Category) at the National Multimedia Prize 2013 – Portugal
More info at: http://www.apmp.pt/258-premio-nacional-multimedia-vencedores-2013.html
"Gambozinos" receives the Illy Prize
Gambozinos, by João Nicolau, received the Illy Prize for Best Short Film at the Directors’ Fortnight, in Cannes.
The Illy Prize for short film was awarded by a jury composed by director Leila Kilani, film critic and director Isabelle Regnier, the Illy communication coordinator Lucia Dore-Ivanovitch, Illy artistic director Carlo Bach, and chaired by the actor Louis Garrel.
The Directors’ Fortnight is a non-competitive section, but their sponsors reward the selected films, which are presented at the closing session of the event.
Portuguese Films in Cannes
The new work by João Nicolau, GAMBOZINOS, was the Portuguese short film selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Festival.
The film will be exhibited as world premiere on May 23rd at the Theatre Croisette and on May 25th at Studio 13.
The Director’s Fortnight aims to discover and promote films by young authors and to celebrate the work of established directors. João Nicolau is back to the Directors’ Fortnight, where he has already presented the short RAPACE (2006) and CANÇÃO DE AMOR E SAÚDE (2009). GAMBOZINOS follows the adventures of a 10 year old boy in a holiday camp.
Besides GAMBOZINOS, Agencia has a program entitled “New Portuguese Films” at the Short Film Corner with 6 other Portuguese short films.
Also in Cannes, Miguel Gomes and João Pedro Rodrigues are members of different juries and Basil da Cunha premieres his first feature film.
Portuguese Contemporary Cinema Program in Brazil
The 2nd Portuguese Contemporary Cinema Program will take place this year in Recife, 21-26 May at the CAIXA Cultural, in Rio de Janeiro, from 24 May to 6 June at the Instituto Moreira Salles, and São Paulo, 16-28 July at the CAIXA Cultural.
A selection of 18 Portuguese features and 7 short films produced from 2000 until today will be presented in the program. The event will feature also a new retrospective section and other exciting new works that will bring closer Portuguese Cinema to the Brazilian audience. Among other films, the event will screen KALI, O PEQUENO VAMPIRO by Regina Pessoa, OS OLHOS DO FAROL by Pedro Serrazina, A PISCINA by Iana Ferreira and João Viana, and O NOME E O N.I.M by Inês Oliveira.
O SOM E A FÚRIA presents 3 SHORT FILMS
After an interesting career through international film festivals, 3 short films of 3 Portuguese directors will premiere in theaters: “Sinais de Serenidade por Coisas Sem Sentido”, by Sandro Aguilar, “As Ondas”, de Miguel Fonseca e “Solo”, de Mariana Gaivão.
Restless Future - Portuguese program in Dresden
Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency prepared a retrospective program entitled “Restless Future” to be screened at the next edition of Filmfest Dresden, that will be held 16-21 April in Germany.
The Portuguese program, that will be composed of the following films: REMAINS by Sandro Aguilar, O QUE ARDE CURA by João Rui Guerra da Mata, 31 by Miguel Gomes and RAPACE by João Nicolau, will be presented by a representative of the Agencia and aims to address the vitality of Portuguese Cinema which has come to conquer the most demanding audience of the most prestigious film festivals in the world through short film format.