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Yvette Vieira

Yvette Vieira

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00

Full house, thel bets are off

This is the story of an inveterate poker player and the adventures that have led to a series of problems. A short film by Rui Rodrigues and Bruce Paulino da Silva who, unlike our anti-hero they took the fight and won.

How did you got the idea for this movie?

It was an idea that occurred to me and my friend Bruce, who is another director, in the coffee shop. In Madeira they have the mentality that nothing is done, you can only can do something if there is support. And Bruce and I decided to make a movie without anyone's help. I had a sheet with a draft histor. We knew the Die4films, let's talk to them and risk. We were two kids with no training in the area but very willing to take the project forward. We contacted the producers they liked the idea. We begin by working on the script, developed the story and it became solid. It was then presented to the actors. At the time I was doing some acting and some of our friends from the theather participated on full house. The film was a psychological slap for all those artists who live in that world that we can only make art if they have support. An artist takes his worth and they have exhibited. We wanted to see how far we could go. We won the festival here in Madeira, but also we competed at the Cannes Film Festival. The curious thing is that we show the first short film there than here. It was weird.

What was the reaction at Cannes to your short?

They liked it. And thought it was good for a first experience.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 17:19


Este é um espaço de divulgação de todos os grupos, associações e entidades culturais que desde o princípio apoiaram a yvi.


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Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00

A movie producer to Die4

Appeared four years ago and despite being a small business, are seeking their place in the sun in the global market. They aim to deal with a contemporary image and make the most of all tell stories about parallel worlds.


Is it bounding to have a film production on an island?

Marta Leon: I think not, because we have worked out, of course there are geographic limitations, our contents are for Internet and are produced for this purpose. The platform is not physical.

Then there was a strong focus on the global market?

Filipe Ferraz: Yes this is the objective, there are some limitations however. We are far from centers of decision, we are also far from customers that maybe have more visibility. But even with these "obstacles" the company decided to open here, because nowadays, with all online communication is easier to reach these customers such.

ML: The biggest work have always been documentaries. Then we support other projects such as short Rui was something we wanted to do that, it is fiction and was approved accordingly, but our market is advertising what companies need most, also some television, but especially on the Internet, promotional videos and some events. We help teams outside of Madeira that are shooting here. This aspect is very interesting because I learn a lot and they always need someone who knows the terrain. Then we know the clients, and on the other hand, makes our work more internationally.

It was difficult to implement a production company in Madeira?

FF: At the beginning it was. We started in a way that was very active, we submited projects, implement proposals in some companies or entities that we felt needed to improve its corporate image. It was difficult as we had nothing to present, from a certain point on, we had not only scripts, but the work you've done. And at that stage, people liked the way we make video, storytelling and our way of transmitting information.

You have different sections from you can create. what is your favorite?

ML: I like documentaries. Because it makes you enter in the story and the people you're working with. It forces us to realize what are you talking about and studying. I also like any area of production, but what pleases me most is to follow up the camera crews outside, because it allows me the contact with different people from different areas and I find it very stimulating, motivating and makes us grow .

FF: Just like Martha I like more the documentary because we are three months to shoot a story with a half dozen people in a world that is not ours. There are many people who pass us by on the street, of which we know nothing and suddenly we realize that there are a series of worlds next to ours and that's what we expect. In fiction, I do not know if I like or not. I am entering with much effort.


FF: It's lack of experience and practice. You must deal with players, as opposed to documentary we talk to people about their life, is real. In the movies we have to say, now take a step back, now laugh. We have not found our way to work in fiction.

ML: In the documentary we have to win people with whom we work so they feel free to tell things and forget that the camera is there. As in fiction, we can not forget it's there, and everything is done for ther. And we have to educate people who to stand in front of the lens. In the documentary we don't, the challenge is different, it is necessary to create closeness in this world.

What was the documentary that scored you the most?

ML: For me? the electrical body from the dance troupe with a difference, the theme itself. It is an inclusive dance group, have cast people without disabilities and with physical disabilities and beyond.
... And makes us see everything differently. I do not know, is the fragility of the body that interests me and how much Philip explored in terms of achievement. It is a theme that was very dear to me, and still is. And work it was a privilege.

F: The electric bodie for the same reasons stated by Martha, becouse it was the first, we were doing our vision, I also had to learn how to make it and was challenging.


Sunday, 27 March 2011 00:00

The Lisbon Mysteries

A film by Raul Ruiz based on the feuilleton by Camilo Castelo Branco, a portrait of the portuguese nineteenth century.

Our story begins with the young Pedro da Silva, he has no father and no mother,  throughout the film his life will reveal. the closely guarded secret of his existence, he’s the fruit of a forbidden passion. The wonderful plot of the romantic novelist Camilo Castelo Branco, unlike many adaptations to the big screen, is not neutered in the film's director, Raul Ruiz. As like all great novels it tales the story of a forbidden love and cursed, sealed with blood sweat and tears.  However, the film has something very personal, the inner look of the chilean director who guides us through a country dominated by social conventions and the Catholic Church.
This is not a historical film. The whole maelstrom of emotion, passion and love,  hate and death, of adventure and misadventure, are universal and inherent to human beings. Who has not dared to love? Who did not suffer for love?

Much of his movies is due to the wonderful work of actors in "Mysteries of Lisbon" therefore is  not a film to miss. The city is also the protagonist of Raul Ruiz scenic work, we see images of an architectural concept of Lisbon dominated by the Marquis of Pombal. There was also a careful characterization of the characters that are part of the plot of this movie.
The work of the actress Maria Joao Bastos is praised. She is Angela Lima, one of the key characters in this Portuguese movie, who lives a forbidden passion that generates a child. Adrianao Luz as Father Adriano Diniz does a remarkable job, there’s a dept in the this parish priest, this is character full of mystery and intimidating with his black gown. Have a nice time.


Monday, 21 March 2011 00:00

Life in a a day

A film by Rachel Freire with  Coimbra's academia as the background, their charms and disappointments.

Once said the song, Coimbra  has more charms in the hour of parting with this ritual and the end of the course that begins the story of Edgar who has just arrived in town and begins to unravel the rules governing students and the academy. Coimbra is one of the characters like herself says: I'm not just a city. I am a greenhouse. A nature reserve for students where they live in freedom. I'm sort of sweet, between adolescence and adulthood. But only for those who could study. Best. They know they are an elite. One January morning a man arrived. Fell in love with me and for my women. Fool, did not realize that I am not for anyone, but if you can, and that love will not open my old doors.
For those unfamiliar with the academic world, I can clarify that there are rules to enter, be in and out. And it is this essence of the movie, the laws implied a way of life for some strange, elitist to others, analyzed from the perspective of Edgar, who is on the outside. Not the doctor or engineer and during his "education" falls in love and out of love to the point of having a repulsive reaction to this world  being shown to him by three women in their completely different way of living and live the academy. In between is a crime that will not unravel, must see. Patience.
This feature film that I found interesting is the photography because the images are of great aesthetic beauty. We recognize all romantic places, the dark alleys and the shadows of the students gowns  through the city. Sound is one of the most incomprehensible part of the film, is always a tone lower than usual, I do not understand! Someone has to explain this mysterious phenomenon that strikes many of Portuguese films.

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