Coletivo Left Hand Rotation
“Billy: The Kid”
“That Summer Without a Home”
“To see the Sea”
Ana Oliveira, André Puertas
“A Dança do Rabiosque”
Córtex - Sintra’s short film festival is turning 9-years-old! We’re ready to move forward with yet another edition of enchantment in the short format.
Thinking about and programming the Festival annually continues to be a challenge that the team of Reflexo - Associação Cultural e Teatral grabs hold of without hesitation whilst taking a new leap into the unknown. Imprinted within every frame of these 9 years of Córtex are not only our victories and our joy but also our fears and anxiety. Nevertheless, it is all these same frames that have projected us to where we are today, illuminating the dark theatre room with our smiles that are brought about by a sense of having completed our mission.
This year Sintra’s Short Film Festival has found purity and a sense of the absurd stripped away of all impossible labels as we celebrate the works of Portuguese director Gabriel Abrantes.
Gabriel Abrantes, who has presented his shorts at Córtex many times (inclusively having won the 2018 edition), is revolutionizing Portuguese cinema in a manner that knows no equal. As proof of this, and for anyone with any doubts, his first major motion film, “Diamantino”, will be premiering in theatre rooms on the 4th of April.
The premiere of Gabriel Abrantes’ film coincides with the retrospective that the Festival has prepared in which we will exhibit 15 of this young director’s most emblematic shorts. The event will begin with the presentation of Gabriel’s first medium-length feature: “Palácios de Pena”.
This year, Córtex comes with a big new addition: the National Competition for Premieres, exclusively at Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval in Sintra.
As of 2019’s edition, the Festival will begin rewarding national premieres. The National and International Competitions, made up of films that are not premiering, will remain so as to serve as a sort of round-up of the best shorts last year had to offer whilst being complemented by the addition of the competitive section for shorts produced nationally that have yet to premiere in a theatre room. We couldn’t be more excited for having had the courage to make this decision.
In another recent development, our section Hemisfério will be dedicated to a Portuguese festival. It is with great pleasure that we announce that Doclisboa will be programming Hemisfério.
All remaining sections continue to exist: Minicórtex for the schools within the Sintra county as well as for parents and their children during the weekend, Frontal for both seniors and adolescents, and lastly concerts at Sintra’s MU.SA.
As with last year, our program extends itself beyond Sintra to Cinema Ideal in Lisbon where we will exhibit our National and International Competitions, Hemisfério, and our retrospective of Gabriel Abrantes.
To your seats, make yourselves comfortable, and may your retinas be prepared to be surprised.