Undaunted by a commission to make a film about his mentors and aesthetic exemplars, the filmmaking team of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Costa records with great sensitivity and insight the exacting process by which the two re-edit their film SICILIA!.
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Watching the process of Huillet and Straub edit the third version of their film SICILIA ended up being even more fascinating than the actual SICILIA. Without even trying too hard this film has so much humanity, so many cinema lessons and beautiful references. Costa's limitations with light in this project aren't a problem since we're all used to (and in love with) his dark aesthetics.
Costa's portrait of Straub and Huillet is actually surprisingly intimate and touching as he records them during a re-edit of their wonderful film, Sicilia! The duo are predictably meticulous during the editing session and it's fascinating to watch the artists craft their work into the perfection they require. Costa has gradually become my favourite filmmaker working today.