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João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata in the spotlight at Vila do Conde

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- An exhibition will feature new works by the duo ahead of the Pompidou retrospective in November and the upcoming premiere of The Ornithologist

João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata in the spotlight at Vila do Conde
Directors João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata

The body of work of Portuguese directors João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata will be in focus at the upcoming Vila do Conde Short Film Festival (9-17 July) at an exhibition running in parallel with the festival and due to be held in the Solar – Gallery of Cinematic Art.

Billed as an event offering an amusing journey through the universe of the projects that the duo have co-directed over the past few years (mainly short films, but Guerra da Mata was also credited for the 2012 feature The Last Time I Saw Macao [+see also:
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), the exhibition includes a series of nine new films and video installations. It also paves the way for the comprehensive retrospective of Rodrigues’ films, scheduled to unspool at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, which starts on 25 November and runs until January 2017.

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Still to premiere before the end of the year is Rodrigues’ new film (co-scripted by Guerra da Mata), The Ornithologist [+see also:
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interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
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. No release date has yet been announced, but since Rodrigues is a regular on the festival circuit, it would come as no surprise to discover the film at one of the post-summer holiday gatherings.

In addition to the exhibition, the two directors also have a carte blanche at Vila do Conde, which includes a series of titles by very different filmmakers, such as Charlie Chaplin, Jacques Tati, Jean Genet and Jean-Luc Godard, among others.

Besides the usual local and international selection of the latest titles in the short format, the 24th Vila do Conde Short Film Festival is also presenting a series of interesting film-concerts. British band Tindersticks – known for having composed the scores of Claire Denis’ films – and Swedish singer Jay-Jay Johanson will be fusing music and moving images on stage.

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