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Pedro Costa

“If you don't risk yourself and the people with whom you're working in almost every shot you make, it's not good, it's useless, it's just another film.”

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    HORSE MONEY

    Pedro Costa Portugal, 2014

    From Portugal’s greatest living filmmaker comes this dreamlike hallucination of a lost soul belonging to the country’s repressed, abused, misused and forgotten underclass. With his rivetingly poetic political cinema, Pedro Costa gives the unheard and unseen a voice and a true cinematic presence.

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    VITALINA VARELA

    Pedro Costa Portugal, 2019

    Luminary Pedro Costa’s unique, collaborative style of portraiture reaches a magnificent peak in this film. Among haunting chiaroscuro compositions, Vitalina Varela’s real-life stories of love, migration, and deceit take the form of bewitching incantations—and earned her Locarno’s Best Actress award!

    WHERE DOES YOUR HIDDEN SMILE LIE?

    Pedro Costa France, 2001

    A masterpiece about the making of a masterpiece, this crepuscular portrait of Straub-Huillet’s creative process has been described by Pedro Costa as both his first comedy and his first love story. Intimate and illuminating, it’s an indispensable lesson in filmmaking from three titans of cinema.

    NE CHANGE RIEN

    Pedro Costa France, 2009

    Drawing inspiration from Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil, Pedro Costa fashions an idiosyncratic, black and white portrait of French actor and singer Jeanne Balibar. Capturing the star in long, seductive takes, the Portuguese master eschews biography for the smoky, mystical groove of ineffability.

    If only all omnibus films were this good! When Guimarães was the European Capital of Culture, it commissioned this luminous gathering of visionaries: Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Victor Erice, and Manoel de Oliveira. Wry, mournful, inquisitive and comic, they delve into Portugal’s soul.

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