Directed by Pedro Costa • 2019 • Portugal
Starring Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida
A work of deeply concentrated beauty, the latest film from Portuguese master Pedro Costa stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. She plays a Cape Verdean woman who, after two decades of separation, travels to Lisbon to reunite with her husband—only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange, forbidding land, Vitalina perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for best film and best actress at the Locarno Film Festival, VITALINA VARELA is a tour de force of shadow and whisper, a ravishing visual experience and a profoundly moving tale of human endurance.