Pedro Costa

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.

Filmography

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

Parts from 'No Quarto da Vanda'

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 the alternative, harsh life in the Fontaínhas neighborhood, an area of Lisbon where many immigrants live, and where Vanda's room is located. One of the characters in the film says: "Life has shown me nothing but contempt. Living in ghost houses other people left empty. I've lived in houses not even a witch would live in! But I've been in houses that were worth it. ... I've paid more for the things I didn't do than for the things I did do." Witte de With will be showing a selection of rushes newly compiled by Costa. Pedro Costa's films radically focus on life beyond the margins of society. Nonetheless they allow the dim light of tragedy to turn into radiance when it comes to the dignity and beauty of Costa's characters. Within a carefully chosen mise en scène and stark lighting he reveals a so-called "Forth World," where isolation and hopelessness are the only bridge between the inhabitants.

Pedro Costa
  • Portugal

IFFR 2003