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Directed by Pedro Costa

Portugal, 2019, 2h 4min, Virtual, In Portuguese with English Subtitles

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A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.

Watch our Virtual Introduction by SXSW Film Programmer Jim Kolmar.



“A ravishing masterpiece. The mystery and wonder of Pedro Costa’s filmmaking defies any specific category… Gorgeous. Transcendent.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“A singular visual, aural, and emotional experience… A lush, almost luxuriantly beautiful approach to light and color… Vitalina Varela (the actress) is mesmerizing… Essential viewing.” — Jim Hemphill, Filmmaker Magazine


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