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Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa

Spine #508

Mar 30, 2010

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Portuguese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa

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Directed By: Pedro Costa
Licensor: Lusomundo Audiovisuals, S.A.

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One of the most important artists on the international film scene today, Portuguese director Pedro Costa has been steadily building an impressive body of work since the late eighties. And these are the three films that put him on the map: spare, painterly portraits of battered, largely immigrant lives in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. Hypnotic, controlled works, Ossos, In Vanda's Room, and Colossal Youth confirm Costa as a provocative new cinematic poet, one who locates beauty in the most unlikely of places.

Box Set: The following DVDs are included in this set:

Spine #509
In Vanda's Room
Spine #510
Colossal Youth
Spine #511

  • New video conversations between Costa and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin about Ossos and Colossal Youth
  • Audio commentary for In Vanda's Room featuring Costa and Gorin
  • Selected-scene audio commentary by critic Cyril Neyrat and author-philosopher Jacques Rancière for Colossal Youth
  • Video interviews with critic João Bénard da Costa and cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel about Ossos
  • Video essay by artist Jeff Wall on Ossos
  • All Blossoms Again, a feature-length documentary on Costa and the making of Colossal Youth
  • Tarrafal and The Rabbit Hunters, two short films by Costa
  • Little Boy Male, Little Girl Female, a video installation piece by Costa featuring outtakes from In Vanda's Room and Colossal Youth
  • Photographs by Mariana Viegas and Richard Dumas
  • Theatrical trailers


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