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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There is a wonderful moment in this film in which Huillet tells Straub that the difference between them in cutting is a single frame. Based on my experience collaborating with my girlfriend, I can say Huillet is absolutely right.
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.