VITALINA VARELA (VIRTUAL)
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.
“Varela, a nonprofessional actor who gives her name to the character she plays, is a monumental presence. As she reproaches her dead husband for his failings, unpacking memories and unresolved feelings of resentment and yearning, she has a force as elemental and incontestable as gravity.” – Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment
“It is difficult, if not impossible, to think of a woman in film, who has such a magical, such an overpowering aura around her as does Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela.” – Nadin Mai, The Art(s) Of…
“In this stillness, the wavering play of light becomes a dynamic element, steering attention to the moisture gathered in Vitalina’s eyes, or to the way a moving figure off-screen changes the fall of light in the room.” – Nick Pinkterton
“While Costa’s earlier work traded in a demanding, stylized, austere (some would call it punishingly so) realism, in recent years his view has taken on a stunning pictorialism. In the opening shots of this film, one thinks of Goya and Velasquez; the clouds in the night sky evoke El Greco.” – The New York Times
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