Portugal / 2019 / 124 minutes / NR
Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, and an official selection of the Sundance, New York and Toronto Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is the masterful new film from Pedro Costa, the acclaimed director of Horse Money, Colossal Youth, In Vanda’s Room and Casa de Lava. Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon three days after her husband’s funeral. She’s been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.
- “A ravishing, masterful vision. The mystery and wonder of Pedro Costa’s filmmaking defies any specific category… Gorgeous. Transcendent.”— Eric Kohn, Indiewire
- “The best movie of the year.”— Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sight and Sound