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Vitalina Varela

Director(s)
Pedro Costa
Country
Portugal
Year
2019
Duration
124 min
Language
Cape Verdean Creole and Portuguese with English or French subtitles

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A plane takes Vitalina from Cape Verde to Portugal for the funeral of her husband, who abandoned her long ago. Through dark Cape Verdean immigrant ghettos, images of postcolonial abandonment and her late husband’s nearly ruined house, she finds herself grieving his promises of a lavish lifestyle. Pedro Costa returns to his shantytown characters with a humane and hopeful eye. The stunning use of chiaroscuro lighting in the claustrophobic interiors, brilliantly composed static shots and a rich colour palette make the film feel like a series of living paintings. – FNC

“Costa’s latest vision of Cape Verdean immigrants — a highlight from this year’s Locarno Film Festival — is another lyrical vision of somber people confronting their past. The mystery and wonder of Pedro Costa’s filmmaking defies any specific category other than his own unique blend.” – Indie Wire

Golden Leopard – Locarno Film Festival 2019

 

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Director(s)
Pedro Costa
Country
Portugal
Year
2019
Duration
124 min
Language
Cape Verdean Creole and Portuguese with English or French subtitles