Stills Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa

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Stills Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
September 19th, 2007 - September 22nd, 2007

downtown/east la
Tue-Sun 12-6 or Intermission

this prodigious debut film, bursting with visual and narrative ideas, homages, and a desperate romanticism, is a thrilling movie for cinephiles.” James Quandt

Casa de Lava (Down to Earth)
Sat Sept 22 | 4 pm

Portugal/France/Germany, 1995, 110 min., 35mm West Coast premiere

Mariana, a nurse from Lisbon, travels to Cape Verde, at the foot of the Mount Fogo volcano, to bring back an immigrant worker in a comatose state.

Preceded by Tarrafal (Portugal, 2007, 16 min., Beta SP)

Colossal Youth (Juventude em marcha)
Sat Sept 22 | 8 pm

Portugal, 2006, 154 min., 35mm Los Angeles premiere

In this astonishing sequel to In Vanda’s Room, fictional and documentary sequences alternate, all held together by the commanding presence of Ventura, who wanders from one encounter to another and from one temporality into another—all the while embodying the aspirations of his immigrant community.

Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa was organized by Ricardo Matos Cabo in Lisbon. This program, made possible with the support of: Ministério da Cultura; Cinemateca Portuguesa–Museu do Cinema; Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual; Instituto Camões; Lusomundo Audiovisuais; and Midas Filmes. Copresented with the Harvard Film Archive and Amherst Cinema/Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst. Program curated and introduced by Thom Andersen. Special thanks to João Bénard da Costa, John Gianvito, Mark Peranson, James Quandt and Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros.