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Historic Center

Centro Historico

2012 / Portugal / 89 min / N-7
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Director(s) - Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, Manoel de Oliveira
Screenwriter(s) - Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, Manoel de Oliveira
Actors - Ricardo Trepa, Ilkka Koivula, Ventura , Judite Araujo, Arlindo Fernandes, Kristina Žurauskaitė
Producer(s) - Aki Kaurismaki, Rodrigo Areias
Cinematographer - Timo Salminen, Valentin Alvarez, Pedro Costa
Editor(s) - Valerie Loiseleux, Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa
Composer(s) - Pedro Santos
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Dialogues - Portuguese, English
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English

In 2012 Guimarães was designated a European Capital of Culture. "Historic Center" is the film that was produced as part of it. Aki Kaurismaki's "Tavern Man" portrays a man who works at a bar in a historic district of the city. Pedro Costa's "Sweet Exorcist" deals with the revolution of 1974 using a surrealistic setup. Victor Erice's "Broken Windows" is a film about Rio Vizela, a textile factory which was founded in the mid-19th century and closed down in 2002. Manoel de Oliveira's "Conquered Conqueror" is a humorous film shot at Guimarães' fortress.

About Directors

Aki Kaurismaki (b. 1957 in Orimattila, Finland), Pedro Costa (b. 1959 in Lisbon, Portugal), Victor Erice (b. 1940 in the Basque Autonomous Community of Spain), Manoel de Oliveira (b. 1908 in Porto, Portugal)


Aki Kaurismaki
"Crime and Punishment" (1983), "Shadows in Paradise" (1986), "Ariel" (1988), "The Match Factory Girl" (1990), "I Hired a Contract Killer" (1990), "La Vie-de Boheme" (1992), "Drifting Clouds" (1996), "Juha" (1999),"The Man Without a Past" (2002), "Lights in the Dusk" (2006), "Le Havre" (2011), "Historic Center" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").

Pedro Costa
"Cartas a Jœlia" (1987, short), "The Blood" (1989), "Down to Earth" (1995), "Bones" (1997), "In Vanda's Room" (2000), "Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?" (2001), "Colossal Youth" (2006, "Kino pavasaris"), "Change Nothing" (2009), "Historic Center" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").

Victor Erice
"Los Desafios" (1968, short), "Spirit of the Beehive" (1973), "The South" (1982), "Quince Tree of the Sun" (1992), "10 Minutes Older: The Trumpet" (2002, short), "Historic Center" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").

Manoel de Oliveira
"Labor on the Douro River" (1931, short doc), "Aniki-Bobo" (1942), "Rite of Spring" (1963), "Francisca" (1981), "The Satin Slipper" (1985), "The Divine Comedy" (1991), "Abraham's Valley" (1993), "Journey to the Beginning of the World" (1997), "The Letter" (1999), "I'm Going Home" (2001), "A Talking Picture" (2003, "Kino pavasaris"), "Belle Toujours" (2006), "Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl" (2009), "The Strange Case of Angelica" (2010, "Kino pavasaris"), "Gebo and the Shadow" (2012), "Historic Center" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").