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748 Ratings

In Vanda's Room

No Quarto da Vanda

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal, Germany, 2000


With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, Pedro Costa’s In Vanda’s Room takes an unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte.

In Vanda's Room Directed by Pedro Costa

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2002 | Winner: Foreign Cineaste of the Year

Locarno International Film Festival

2000 | Winner: First Prize (Youth Jury Award)

2000 | 2 special mentions including: Don Quixote Award

Critics reviews

With the shift to digital Costa experiments in recording in very low light and extremely long takes. He is able to shape hieratic, exalted images with these limited means, turning Vanda and her friends into saints. Whether Vanda is snorting H, hacking up a cough or napping, the waver and hum of the blacks as they buffet her angelic face lend the images a religious intensity.
November 01, 2016
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Without shrinking from their self-destructive, self-perpetuating dramas, [Costa] finds grandeur in their endurance, revealing the tangled roots of memory and identity and the sedimented energies that are as vital as they are untapped—perhaps by design.
December 02, 2013
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