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Vitalina Varela

Directed by Pedro Costa

Portugal / 124 mins / PG

Singapore Premiere

Vitalina Varela

Singapore Premiere

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal / 124 mins / PG

SYNOPSIS

Pedro Costa’s seventh feature film sheds light on the underbelly yet again. Vitalina Varela follows a recently-widowed Cape Verdean woman who goes to Portugal for the first time to attend her husband’s funeral. Bitterness is plenty as she comes to know his life through the post-mortem condolences and theatrics that follow.

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The film’s meditative and foreboding rhythm is kept alive through stellar art direction and acting. Dramatic chiaroscuro lighting keeps viewers’ gaze on the characters’ grief and sorrow, while crisp sound design gives away only what the film wants to. Vitalina Varela is a true story and the eponymous non-actor won Best Actress at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival for the role.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Pedro Costa is one of the pioneers of slow cinema, making post-colonial cinematic masterpieces on immigration and poverty. His works though dark, dreamy and desperate, bring beauty to the most unlikely places and humanism to filmmaking. Previous works by the Portugese director include In Vanda’s Room (2000) and Colossal Youth (2006).

CAST & INFORMATION

Year:

2019

Language(s):

Cape Verdean Creole, Portugese

Producer:

Abel Ribeiro Chaves

Cast:

Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida, Francisco Brito, Imídio Monteiro, Marina Alves Domingues

Screenwriter:

Pedro Costa, Vitalina Varela

Contact Company:

OPTEC Sociedade Óptica Técnica

Contact Email:

SCREENING INFO

National Museum Singapore
Gallery Theatre
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 / 9:30 PM

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