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WATCHING THE WHITES OF YOUR EYES TURN RED: THE FILMS OF PEDRO COSTA

 

It was only after he relinquished the comforts provided by the regularity of a cinematic production – after his third feature film, Bones (1997) – that Pedro Costa succeeded in finding his voice. On his own, without lights or a crew, taking along only a DV camera, he went and filmed Vanda, a junkie who lived in a room in a Lisbon suburb. The result was one of the most remarkable films of recent years; a film that has one foot in the documentary and the other in fiction. In Vanda’s Room (2000) and the film that followed it, Colossal Youth (2006), are films that were made slowly, by the very people that took part in them, and not by professionals; people with whom Costa lived and worked, selflessly. And that is why these films continue to be bothersome (they bother formal cinema because they’re not formal enough, but they also bother experimentalists because they’re not experimental enough), pure and rare, since they succeed in eluding any type of classification.

 

Born in Lisbon in 1959, he abandoned studying History at the University of Lisbon to study at the Lisbon Film and Theater School where he was a student of Antonio Reis. He directed his first feature film, Blood, in 1990. Down to Earth, which was filmed in Cape Verde and screened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, followed in 1994. His next film, Bones, won the Osella d’Oro award in Venice in 1997, while In Vanda’s Room won the Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 2000. His film Colossal Youth screened in Competition at Cannes in 2006. Recently he directed Sweet Exorcist, a segment of the omnibus feature Centro Histórico, in which Manoel de Oliveira, Aki Kaurismaki and Victor Erice also participated. His work has been presented in galleries and museums around the world. He is one of the invited artists of the Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

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Oct 2013
Friday / 20:30

Blood

O Sangue/Blood Fiction,Portugal, 1990,35 mm, With Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Fereira, Inês Medeiros, Luis Miguel Cintra, Isabel de Castro   The film … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Saturday / 18:00

Bones

Ossos/ Bones Fiction, Portugal-France-Denmark, 1997, 35mm With: Vanda Duarte,Nuno Vaz, Mariya Lipkina, Isabel Ruth, Inês Medeiros Ossos comes from very … Read more →

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20
Oct 2013
Sunday / 22:30

All Blossoms Again: Pedro Costa, Director

Tout Refleurit: Pedro Costa, Cineaste/ All Blossoms Again: Pedro Costa, Director Documentary, France, 2006, Digital Beta With Olivier Blanc, Pedro Costa, … Read more →

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20
Oct 2013
Sunday / 22:30

Tarrafal

Tarrafal Fiction, Portugal, 2007,  (part of the film O Estado de Mundo),Digital Beta (DV) With  Jose Alberto Silva, Lucinda Tavares A … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Sunday / 22:30

Our Man

O Nosso Homem/ Our Man Fiction, Portugal, 2010, Digital Beta (DV) With J. A. Silva, L. Tavares Our Man is … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Tuesday / 20:00

Down to Earth

Casa de Lava/Down to Earth Fiction, Portugal-France-Germany, 1994, 110’, 35 mm With Medeiros, Isaach De Bankolé, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes … Read more →

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22
Oct 2013
Tuesday / 22:30

Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?

Onde Jaz o Teu Sorriso?/Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? Documentary, Portugal- France, 2002,35 mm (DV) With Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet Straub … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Wednesday / 18:00

Colossal Youth

Juventude Em Marcha/ Colossal Youth Fiction, Portugal-France-Switzerland, 2006, 35 mm (DV) With Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta, Isabel Cardoso … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Thursday / 18:00

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 … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Friday / 17:00

Historic Center

Centro Histórico/ Historic Center Fiction, Portugal, 2012, DCP With Ricardo Trêpa, Ilkka Koivula, Valdemar Santos, Amândio Martins, Henriqueta Oliveira, Ventura, António … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Saturday / 22:00

Ne change rien

Ne change rien Documentary, Portugal-France, 2009, 35 mm (DV) With Jeanne Balibar, Rodolphe Burger, Herve Loos, Arnaud Dieterlen, Joel Theux … Read more →

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27
Oct 2013
Sunday / 18:30

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub: Directors

Documentary, Portugal- France, 2001, (episode of the series Cinéastes, de notre temps) Digital Beta (DV)   I think we live … Read more →

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Oct 2013
Sunday / 18:30

6 Bagatelas

6 Bagatelas Documentary, Portugal-France, 2003, Digital Beta (DV) With Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet Pieces left over from Where Does Your … Read more →

Όλες οι δράσεις πραγματοποιούνται υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού. To 7o Φεστιβάλ Πρωτοποριακού Κινηματογράφου της Αθήνας διοργανώνεται από τη Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος με τη συγχρηματοδότηση του Ευρωπαϊκού Ταμείου Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης & εντάσσεται στο ΠΕΠ ΑΤΤΙΚΗ του ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013.