Vitalina Varela

  • 2019
  • Portugal
  • 2h 4min
  • Directed by: Pedro Costa
  • Cast: Vitalina Varela, Ventura
  • Language: Portuguese
  • UK release: 12 October 2019

Docufiction about Vitalina Varela, a Cape Verdean woman who returns from home to bury her estranged husband. Stately and intense, revealing controlled reserves of power and pictorial majesty: a series of existential meditations on hardship and resilience, with Varela (who co-writes) holding the attention with unforced power.

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Vitalina Varela

2 Mar 20204 stars

Pedro Costa's powerful and majestic latest blurs the line between actress and character

Since his early experiments in docufiction, Portuguese director Pedro Costa has assiduously honed a heightened form of stately and intense art cinema, merging near-portraiture with a kind of poetic-realism. Building on interconnected earlier entries…

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