New Bedford Premiere of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival

Thursday, September 18
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
With an intermission between 7:30 and 8 p.m. with light refreshments

The Arte Institute, in partnership with the Whaling Museum and the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, was excited to present the New Bedford Premiere of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival (NYPSFF). The evening included the screening of 17 short films produced in Portugal and abroad by Portuguese filmmakers. All films were shown in English or with English subtitles. This event was sponsored, in part by, the William M. Wood Foundation. 

NYPSFF is the first Portuguese short film festival in the United States. The Festival is produced and hosted by Arte Institute. It showcases the best work of a new generation of young Portuguese filmmakers, providing them with an opportunity to screen their movies in several countries. The Festival includes works of fiction, animation and documentaries. The annual Festival takes place simultaneously in New York and in Lisbon and has also been debuted in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, London and Luanda.

NYPSFF’14 New Bedford from Arte Institute on Vimeo.


About the Films

View Film Trailers here.

by José Trigueiros
It’s Sunday, and Pablo, 8 years old, has an invitation to a very special but also forbidden birthday party. It’s Sunday, and for the first time, Pablo is going on a door-to-door preaching with his mother. It’s Sunday, and behind each door, there is a challenge, a test, a surprise. It’s Sunday.

by Josemaria RRA
A man and a non-identified creature have a conversation, in which the man starts showing his arrogance, representing the human race.

by Luís Costa
Fontelonga is a village of Trás-os-Montes, in the interior of Portugal. A mirror of exile in the eyes of their own people. A reflexion between life and death, where memory is the last object of beauty and redemption.  

by Afonso Pimentel
A woman’s face. On a night like any other, she is set to embrace public exposure once more. Which glare do we have when we don’t have ourselves anymore? Who are we when we are not what we once were? The answers always come. Sometimes forever.

by Luís Soares
A common man, sitting in his regular cafe, smoking and observing. The man weaves his own smoke curtain while a television sheds images. The city comes and goes through the cafe’s window. For a moment glass and skin cease to be a frontier and life blends. A mechanism of connections between man and city is set loose, composing a new architecture of observations, memories and wishes. In this web of imponderable circuits a possibility of disruption unleashes. From which only a brief trace will remain.

by André Miranda and Diogo Leitão
A piano composer feels a strange illness, the sound frequencies he hears are all mixed, an unbearable cacophony of noises fills his brain. In the midst of this extreme suffering he hears a beautiful music, the “perfect symphony” he searched for his entire life. He tries desperately to reproduce the sounds he heard but the piano refuses to play. Back in the streets, the city noises peak to an extreme that makes him lose all senses. A sacrifice needs to be done. He faces the sacrifice he will have to endure in order to find his music.

by Rui Falcão
Down at “Balança”, a fetish-bar with copious amounts of food and debauchery where the admission is exclusive to patrons of substantial sizes, a young, overweight man looks for company of the female persuasion. When his seduction strategies fall flat, he is drawn to the promises of television ads, embarking in a meticulous weight-loss regimen, hoping to become irresistible. The result: he turns into a gorgeous figure of a man, and women are smiling his way for the very first time. However, feeling like a stranger to himself does not bring him happiness.

by André Braz
A young man has lost himself. Life leads him through paths making him become someone he doesn’t identify with, someone he does not want to be. He does not recognize those who were once important to him and loses connection with his own family, the people who love him, and above all, himself. Though he knows it is wrong, he cannot change. A spiral of negative events in his life nearly suffocate him until his father’s death leads him to unbury a box. Inside it, he finds a series of items left by his father intending to pass on his family’s heritage. A flood of childhood memories reunite him with himself and help him accept the legacy of following the right path. He recovers what he once lost: his Soul.

by Vasco Mendes
A pixelated man in a square world. It’s hard to be a citizen.

by Ricardo Martins
Julieta wakes up to find her husband, Hilário, dead next to her in bed. She is very old and very frail. All she can do is to phone for help. Julieta looks back over a loveless life, punctuated by her husband’s abuse. The house and her marriage have always been prisons but now that she is finally free, she realises that it’s too late. She committed a crime of passion against herself as the years flew by. Julieta’s monologue is about worn out passions and hatreds. The only question that remains is: is this love?

by David Bonneville
Sebastian is a wealthy young man. He finds out he has a flat tyre and ends up accepting help from a Gypsy passer-by. In return Sebastian will have to give him a ride home… but they won’t reach their expected destination.

by Ana Cardoso, Filipe Fonseca, Liliana Sobreiro, and  Luís Catalo
The film portrays the evolution of a rural area, and the consequences brought in the life of someone who has always lived there. Alda is an elderly and solitary woman, who had a complicated life story. Given this change, imposed on her, with no possible escape, she sees herself and the world she knows shattered, having no other option but to return to the place she always knew, her home.

by Filipe Coutinho
After a long stay at the hospital Peter Sanders comes home to die. ‘Homecoming’ follows Peter’s last days and his troubled relationship with Joanne, an adulterous wife who desperately tries to reach to him, and Lindsay, his nine-year-old daughter who tries to cure him with love and Bob Dylan songs. Peter soon realizes that he’s not fighting the inevitability of death but his own fears and frustrations.

by Cláudia Alves
A postman from a little town in the Sierra Maestra has the daily routine of distributing the newspaper Granma to the most inaccessible places of the mountain. Sierra Maestra is one of the most important places in the revolutionary process of Cuba. The Granma is the official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and it is the only national daily newspaper available on the island. During his journey he will cross several obstacles to reach his final destination…

by Filipa Ruiz
A story about a writer seeking inspiration. Hans is madly in love with Jenny and writes her a letter, but he doesn’t have the courage to give it to her. Due to the release of his new book, Jenny comes to his house very often to share the news of his success. Having spent more time together, Hans finally gives her the letter that he had been holding for so long, only to be told that she does not share the same feelings towards him. This overwhelming emotion serves as inspiration for his new book.

by Nuno Serrão
Consciousness is born with us. This unfinished result of evolution, this unequal ability of a human to be able to interpret himself and the world around him has, no antidote. We are left with stories that we create as individuals and as a civilization, in which we hold our hopes and fears, our doubts and yearnings. When reality, abruptly, makes those stories pointless, we lose balance, and, from then on, we wake up every day feeling like Atlas, condemned to carry the world on his shoulders for eternity. Eternity is a long time. Three entities, an old abandoned factory, now apparently without purpose and, two individuals will cross paths and find the answers they were looking for.

by Sam Andrês
Have you ever been in love? And that person went away and you never saw her again? This is a real story with the real images of an unusual and extraordinary friendship.

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