by Andre Valentim Almeida
a Ventura Filmes production


Wandering through moving images taken by the filmmaker with his tourist camera juxtaposed with his thoughts, those of thinkers such as Roland Barthes or Robert Bresson and a few classic American movies, From New York with Love is an essay on a foreigner's evolving love-hate relationship with his host country (and his tourist camera) throughout a period he spent in the US in 2009.


-awarded with best film, editing and script awards at Figueira Film Art 2014
-official selection for IndieLisboa 2012 [Portugal]
-official selection for the XV International Festival of Independent Cinema “Deboshir Film Festival” (“Pure Dreams”) 2012 [Russia]
-screened at Avanca International Meeting of Cinema TV Video and Multimedia 2012 [Portugal]
-screened at Northside Festival 2013 [Brooklyn, USA]
-official selection for the Portobello Film Festival [London, UK]
-official selection for Festival International de Cine Documental de Buenos Aires [Buenos Aires, Argentina]
-official selection for official selection for “Cinema Vérité" Iran International Documentary Film Festival 2013


"A charmingly breezy, supremely accessible essay, From New York with Love traces Portuguese documentary filmmaker André Valentim Almeida's love-hate relationship with New York City and his own country throughout a period he spent in the US in 2009. Mr. Almeida handles smartly a toy box of ideas and effects to mirror the construction of this handheld paean to the Big Apple, shot with a Panasonic LX3 camera and edited on his laptop.
The director meditates on love, home and the American dream by juxtaposing his thoughts on the city with those of thinkers such as Roland Barthes or Robert Bresson, in a multimedia sequence of epiphanies set to collages of self-shot footage and film excerpts. What makes From New York with Love more than just a charming bedsit oddity is Mr. Almeida's clever appropriation of techniques to illustrate the actual construction of the film - as his thoughts about the importance New York gained to him coalesce, so does the film, slowly gaining shape as he experiments with structure and style, introducing a narrator only after 15 minutes of subtitles and various attempts at commentary and written cards.
That playfulness gives the film a touching, elegant personality that never avoids the sense that Mr. Almeida extends the film beyond what his concept allows, as it slowly becomes more rigid and less interesting after the 45-minute mark. It doesn't make From New York with Love less interesting, but suggests a tighter running time might have helped."

Jorge Mourinha, critic at the major national daily newspaper (Público)

"More audacious, adventurer and manipulator is Andre Valentim Almeida's experimental documentary "From New York with Love", where wanders through different types of images of/in the city. A solo man film, made by only one man, dares to underline his ego like Ben Stiller on "Greenberg" -a film he quotes (among others)- and the craft's dymanic wins the bet. He's our "Golden Indie" choice."

Francisco Ferreira, critic at the major national weekly newspaper (Expresso)

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