In Vanda’s Room
No Quarto da Vanda/In Vanda’s Room
Docufiction, Portugal-Germany- Switzerland-Italy,2000, 35 mm (DV)
Cast: Vanda Duarte, Zita Duarte, Antonio Semedo, Paulo Nunes, Pedro Lamban, Paulo Goncalves
When Vanda shoots up, the camera remains riveted to the tripod and doesn’t change angle. Then Vanda carries her crate of vegeta- bles. The camera doesn’t follow her. The camera simply waits. The camera is Costa himself, costa’s eyes, and the result is so pure and brave that it seems to want to tackle every cinematic problem, i.e. every problem of moral order, before our very eyes, before Costa and Vanda’s eyes. Thus, this documentary manages to become fic- tion, that is to say, to tear itself away from reality in order to return to it, and us, with greater intensity.
France Culture Award for Foreign Director of the Year – Cannes IFF
Don Quixote Award, Special Mention, Youth Jury Award-First Prize – Locarno IFF 2002
Prize of Excellence – Yamagata International Documentary Festival 2000