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Pedro Costa

Pedro COSTA (1959, Portugal) studied History at Lisbon University and then worked as an assistant to Jorge Silva Melo, Vítor Gonçalves and João Botelho. He made his debut at the age of 30 with Blood, which marked the start of a striking and highly praised oeuvre about people on the fringes of society. Many of Costa’s films, including Bones and Colossal Youth, have been screened in Rotterdam. Cavalo Dinheiro was awarded the Leopard for Best Director in 2014, while his Vitalina Varela was awarded the Gold Leopard for Best Film in 2019, both at the Locarno Film Festival.


Cartas a Júlia (1987, short), O sangue/Blood (1989), Casa de lava (1994), Ossos/Bones (1997), No quarto da Vanda/In Vanda’s Room (2000), Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Cinéastes – où gît votre sourire enfoui?/Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001), 6 Bagatelas (2002, short), Juventude em marcha/Collosal Youth (2006), Memories (2007, co-dir, segment The Rabbit Hunters), O estado do mundo (segment Tarrafal)/State of the World (segment Tarrafal) (2007, short), Ne change rien (2009), O nosso homem/Our Man (2010, short), Alto cutelo/In Histories of the Cinema (2011, short), Centro Histórico (2012, co-dir, segment Sweet Exorcist), Cavalo Dinheiro/Horse Money (2014), Vitalina Varela (2019)

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Pedro Costa at IFFR

  • Juventude em marcha

    About how beautiful sombreness and decay can be. The old Cape Verdean Ventura is sad about his wife Clotilde who ran away. He writes her a choking let

    • Maestros: Kings & Aces
  • Tarrafal

    Costa at his best. Reflection on the notorious Tarrafal prison on the Cape Verde Island where the protagonist of Colossal Youth was born.

    • Spectrum Shorts
  • No quarto da Vanda

    Shot on digital video, a recording of the life of the drug addict Vanda Duarte, set in the few square metres of her room in Fontainhas, an immigrant d

    • main programme features
  • Parts from ‘No Quarto da Vanda’

    To make the film No Quarto da Vanda, Pedro Costa followed the life of drug addict Vanda Duarte with a digital camera for a whole year. The film is primarily set in Vanda’s room, where she receives her friends and family and where she eats, deals, and shoots up. At the same time it presents […]

    • TRUE STORIES Installaties
  • Centro histórico

    A layered omnibus film on the historic town of Guimarães in Northern Portugal, with contributions from maestros Costa, Erice and (local residen

    • Spectrum
  • Vitalina Varela

    Locarno Golden Leopard winner portrays the lives of immigrants as a pitch-black vacuum. Life stands still and people wander, silently.

    • Signatures
  • Cavalo Dinheiro

    As an expressionist baroque master, Costa continues on his wayward path. The film crawls, as it were, into the head of Ventura (also to be seen in Col

    • Spectrum
  • Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Cinéastes – où gît votre

    Straub & Huillet talk to a group of students about their film Sicilia! The debate immediately turns into a lesson on film-making. Costa decided to mak

    • main programme features