O MILAGRE DE SANTO ANTÓNIO
THE MIRACLE OF SAINT ANTHONY
Sergei Loznitsa, Portugal, 40’, 2012
In the middle of June the village of Santo Antonio de Mixões da Serra in the Valdreu region of Northern Portugal honours its Patron Saint with a very special festival. On this day the local farmers bring their animals to the church – cows, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits – to be blessed. This ancient tradition is passed from generation to generation, and today, just as hundreds of years ago, animals and people flock up the mountain roads to the church square to become a part of the religious festival. The film is about this miracle
4 FILMS X 4 DIRECTORS
To celebrate its 20th edition, the Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival commissioned a special programme of four films by four significant directors in the international panorama who maintain a strong connection with the festival: Helvécio Marins Jr., Sergei Loznitsa, Yann Gonzalez and Thom Andersen.
AGÊNCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency