The Guimarães 2012 Film and Audiovisual programme is designed to celebrate the cinema as being indissociable from our memories, while accepting all the influences that are changing it in one way or another today, perhaps generating an art for which we do not yet have a name.
It is divided into three approaches. There is a clear choice to commission new productions by inviting international authors to produce in Guimarães and by encouraging young, regional independent creations. There is also the choice to use digital forms for the entire production and screening programme. Finally, the intention is to make Guimarães a new centre for cinema so that the European Capital of Culture plays a role as joint promoter of new infrastructure, new facilities, new competences and new audiences.
• Reinventar a Memória (Reinventing Memories)
This involves collecting and organising materials from different bodies (photographic and cinematographic archives) so that they can be processed, shown and re-appropriated.
• Der Schlingel
Recovery by Paulo Abreu of an early 20th century film shot in Guimarães with the soundtrack and live performance of The Legendary Tigerman and Rita Red Shoes.
» Trabalho da terra (Working the Land)
» Convulsões (Convulsions)
» Histórias de Guimarães (Guimarães Stories)
» Drive-in Images
Furthermore, this process must take account of two fundamental paths: a direct relationship with schools and the enrichment of publishing. The Curtas em 3D (Short Films in 3D) project provides for the use of new audiovisual production technologies to make two works of experimental fiction.
• Histórias do Cinema (Histories of the Cinema)
This feature film consists of six short films by European directors from different cultural origins. it is a symbolic project combining ideas and sensitivities, with the participation of Manoel de Oliveira and Jean-Luc Godard.
• Histórias de Guimarães (Guimarães Stories)
These 12 new works by Portuguese authors address the city’s symbolic heritage, ranging from historical memories to the recent changes in Guimarães.
• Novas Visões de Guimarães (New Visions of Guimarães)
This collection of 10 short films represents the first works by young directors selected in a competition.
• Novais Teixeira
This project entails a film, exhibition and a book, and a competition to support young cinematographers, based on the legacy of Novais Teixeira and his life and oeuvre.
• Martins Sarmento
A documentary will be made about Martins Sarmento, a pioneer in photography.