[Filmfestivalresearch] Book "Pure Cinema: Curtas Vila do Conde 20 Years After"

Daniel Ribas ribas.daniel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 16:16:41 CET 2012

Dear all,

I would like to inform you about the publication "Pure Cinema: Curtas Vila
do Conde 20 Years After". It was published as part of the celebration of
the twentieth anniversary of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Short
Film Festival, that takes place in North Portugal since 1993.

The book can be bought at the British Amazon:

Even if it is a book made for the festival's celebration, it includes three
essays on the Festival's identity and overall considerations on Film
Festivals. Moreover, it has twenty interviews and talks with several world

The fist two essays (by Daniel Ribas and Augusto M. Seabra) focus on the
contamination of the festival with other arts, specially visual arts (the
Festival curates a cinematic art gallery) and music (mainly through
the commission
of film-concerts). In that sense, they discuss also the definition of what
cinema is (hence the book title). There is also a discussion on the main
trends of contemporary cinema that were featured, during these 20 years, at
Vila do Conde. The final essay, by artist/filmmaker Mike Hoolboom, is a
sentimental journey on film festivals with the usual poetic tone of the

Please find more information (as well as the book index), in this email and
in the attached pdf.

Please contact me if you need further information.
*Daniel Ribas*
Editorial Coordinator - Curtas Vila do Conde
Professor - Polytechnic Institute of Bragança
PhD Student - University of Aveiro
AIM <http://aim.org.pt/> :: DRAMA <http://drama.argumentistas.org/>

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*Pure Cinema: Curtas Vila do Conde 20 Years After*
Editors: Daniel Ribas, Mário Micaelo
Bilingual edition (English and Portuguese)
ISBN: 978-972-98574-4-7
Publisher: Curtas Metragens CRL
Publication Date: 03/07/2012
Pages: 176

This book celebrates the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film
Festival, through a reflection on cinema, from twenty interviews and talks
with twenty-six authors who have been in the festival. It intends to be,
therefore, a document that discusses the changes and trends in contemporary
cinema in its various mutations, calling into question the very definition
of what cinema is. The result of this analysis also helps to clarify the
identity of Curtas Vila do Conde in the last two decades while film
festival contaminated by other art forms. The book is complemented by
personal reflections on the festival by film critic Augusto M. Seabra and
by American filmmaker Mike Hoolboom; finally, there is a critical history
of the festival.

Interviews included: Manoel de Oliveira, Alexander Sokurov, Luc Moullet,
Kenneth Anger, Ken Jacobs, Peter Tscherkassky, Gus Van Sant, Jon Jost,
Mikhäil Kobakhidzé, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thom Andersen, Matthias
Müller & Christoph Girardet, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Canijo, Sergei
Loznitsa, Corneliu Porumboiu, José Miguel Ribeiro, Paulo Furtado, Helvécio
Marins Jr., Yann Gonzalez, Louis Garrel, Bertrand Mandico & Elina
Löwensohn, Basil da Cunha.

*Festival bio*
Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival is now a major
cinematographic and cultural event in Portugal. Since 1993, the Festival
has consolidated its position as curator of the latest trends in
contemporary cinema also gaining a prominent place in the European
landscape of international film festivals. Its main attraction is the short
film, but Curtas has progressed to a multidisciplinary festival around the
moving images. In 2012, the Festival reached its 20th edition, with a
special celebration programme, which included the book “Pure Cinema”, and
the commission of four shortfilms by four celebrated directors: Sergei
Loznitsa, Thom Andersen, Helvécio Marins Jr., and Yann Gonzalez. (+info at:

*On the authors*
The book “Pure Cinema” includes several interviews and talks with
celebrated authors of current World Cinema, the experimental avant-garde
and Portuguese film scene. Included authors range from well-known classics
(such as Manoel de Oliveira, Alexandr Sokurov, Luc Moullet, Kenneth Anger
or Gus Vant Sant), current high-profile directors (such as Apichatpong
Weerasethakul, Matthias Muller & Christoph Girardet, or Sergei Loznitsa),
until recent discoveries (such as Corneliu Porumboiu, Helvécio Marins Jr.
or Yann Gonzalez). The book also features prominent Portuguese directors,
such as João Canijo, João Pedro Rodrigues or José Miguel Ribeiro. In the
essays section, the book offers new perspectives by Augusto M. Seabra, one
of the most respected Portuguese cultural critics; and Mike Hoolboom,
Canadian experimental filmmaker and author of several books. Book editors
are Mário Micaelo, Curtas Vila do Conde festival director since the first
edition, and Daniel Ribas, editorial coordinator of the Festival since 2010
and a film studies researcher and professor.
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