Joaquim Pavão's new film will be called "Sculp", shot in Santo Tirso

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The new film by director Joaquim Pavão, "Sculp" ("Sculpture"), will be shot in Santo Tirso and focuses on the outdoor sculptures of the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture (MIEC), today announced the autarchy of the district of Porto .

The first filming will take place from March 20 to 29 at the Santo Thyrso Factory and the Sara Moreira Urban Park.

Joaquim Pavão is the director of the short film "Before the Night Comes – Speaks of Antigone", which won four awards last December at the Red Carpet Film Awards in New York, among which the best actress (Isabel Fernandes Pinto) and best cinematography (José Oliveira).

The film will be shot around the MIEC sculptures scattered throughout the city of Santo Tirso, where "sculpture is the body, the body is sculpture", and aims to "promote the debate about the relationship between art, urbanism and citizenship" , the statement added.

The new work of Joaquim Pavão "will have seven pictures that represent the dreams, freedoms and thoughts of a character that inhabits a world where all choices are facilitated by algorithms," said the press release of the local authority on the project.

The soundtrack is in charge of composer Óscar Flecha, one of the mentors of the Santo Tirso International Guitar Festival.

"The film starts with the music, it's the foundation, it creates the spaces, the size, the atmosphere," says the director, Joaquim Pavão, stressing that Óscar Flecha's music "draws other spaces, other realities." "The whole film is under the audible world of Óscar Flecha," he adds, quoted in the statement.

For the director, "Sculp" is an "approach to reality, a vision of a possible future, a motto for interrogation" addressing the general public, "and who wants to enjoy, think, argue, doubt, criticize, to who is alive and inhabits its space ".

The film is scheduled to go live in the first quarter of 2020 for the next two years at international film festivals and will also be screened in theaters, according to the local authority.

The International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture is composed of 55 sculptures dispersed by six poles of the city, in an idea that started with the sculptor Alberto Carneiro (1937-2017), when he challenged the mayor of Santo Tirso Joaquim Couto in 1990 to " a unique case in Portugal, with [obras dos] most important sculptors in their countries and who are at the forefront of contemporary sculpture ".

Today there are 55 national and international sculptors in the streets of Santo Tirso, from the Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck, who has his work on the moon, to names like Pedro Cabrita Reis, Fernanda Fragateiro, Júlio Le Parc, Fernando Casás and Carlos Criz Diez .

On May 21, 2016, the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture "won" its headquarters, a project that brought together the two Portuguese architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, both of whom were awarded the Pritzker Prize.

The construction of the headquarters of the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture also involved the requalification of the Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum, which is based in one of the wings of the Monastery of São Bento.

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