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A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.
Dir: Pedro Costa / 2020 / Portugal / 124 min
“IT’S ESSENTIAL CINEMA. Socially conscious, but dreamlike, elegiac. Stunning pictorialism. In the opening shots of this film, one thinks of Goya and Velasquez; the clouds in the night sky evoke El Greco. Critic’s Pick.” — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“A ravishing masterpiece. The mystery and wonder of Pedro Costa’s filmmaking defies any specific category. Gorgeous. Transcendent.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“A breathtakingly gorgeous movie about love, death and immigration. A tremendous performance by Vitalina Varela.” — Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com