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The Retrospective Section focuses on the National Film Board of Canada


  • The second issue of the festival’s Cadernos analyzes the biggest public production company in the world and the Carte Blanche Section revolves around it also.

If the International Short Film Festival of Bueu opened in 2019 the Retrospective Section to take a look at the Nouvelle Vague’s shorts, this year the focus is on the works of the National Film Board of Canada, the world’s largest public production company, which is at the core of the second issue of the Cadernos FICBUEU too. The program of the festival, which will take place from September 10 to 19 at the Centro Social do Mar, also incorporates as a novelty a Carte Blanche curated by Marc Bertrand, veteran NFB animation producer.

On Monday 13 at 4:30 pm will be held the presentation of Cadernos FICBUEU #2: The National Film Board of Canada and the “Golden Age” of Its Short Film (1965-83), monograph edited in Galician and English with the support of the Secretaría Xeral de Política Lingüística of the Xunta de Galicia and the Embassy of Canada in Spain. The deputy director of FICBUEU and responsible for the publication, Severiano Casalderrey, will explain the details of this study, which extends the informational and research purposes of the International Short Film Festival of Bueu.

The presentation will end with the screening of In the labyrinth (1979), as starting point of the Retrospective that will take place from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 at 5:30 pm. This section highlights short films that played an important role in the cinema’s history, this time reviewing the almost two decades of that NBF “golden age” through 24 films that offer a varied panorama of genres and topics. In addition, people attending the four sessions will get a copy of Cadernos FICBUEU #2.

The Carte Blanche Section will be also focused on the National Film Board of Canada, showing five titles selected by Marc Bertrand, who has been a producer in the French animation studio of the NFB since 1998 and has more than a hundred works behind him, many of them recognized with important awards. Bertrand will be in Bueu on Monday 13 September to present this anthology, which will be screened from 6 pm.

Finally, it should be noted that Canada will also be represented in the International Section, with three of the 24 shorts that make up the main competitive section of FICBUEU 2021. Both the multiple screenings and the many parallel activities, ranging from lectures and debates to live concerts and radio, will be carried out with all the security measures against Covid-19. The event has the collaboration of different entities, among which Concello de Bueu, Deputación de Pontevedra, Xunta de Galicia and ICAA.

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