Vitalina Varela

Portugal / 2019 / 124 minutes / NR

Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, and an official selection of the Sundance, New York and Toronto Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is the masterful new film from Pedro Costa, the acclaimed director of Horse Money, Colossal Youth, In Vanda’s Room and Casa de Lava. Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon three days after her husband’s funeral. She’s been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.

  • Director

    Pedro Costa

  • Producer

    Abel Ribeiro Chaves

  • Cast

    Vitalina Varela

  • “A ravishing, masterful vision. The mystery and wonder of Pedro Costa’s filmmaking defies any specific category... Gorgeous. Transcendent."

    — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
  • “The best movie of the year.”

    — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sight and Sound
  • “Spellbinding. Dazzling. Conjures chiaroscuro wonder after chiaroscuro wonder."

    — Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "One of the ten best films of the year."

    — James Quandt, Artforum
  • "Costa has made his most beautiful, haunting film yet. Vitalina is extraordinary."

    Film Comment
  • "A plaintive and piercingly beautiful vision... Pedro Costa is one of our planet’s two or three greatest living filmmakers."

    — Christopher Small, Sight & Sound
  • “Lit like a Rembrandt, acted like a neo-Realist classic. Richly familiar and profoundly unique.”

    Screen Daily
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