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Vitalina Varela

OT: Vitalina Varela

Pedro Costa // Portugal, 2019
Documentary Feature // FF2019
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HYBRID A deeply black, hypnotically expressionistic ghost story from Lisbon: Pedro Costa‘s new film won the Golden Leopard at Locarno. Vitalina Varela won the award for best actress. Vitalina Varela disembarks from the plane. The woman from the Cap Verde islands has been waiting 25 years for this flight, but she‘s too late: her husband Joaquin was buried three days ago. The only thing that remains for Vitalina is to settle the dead man’s affairs. Stiff with grief, she moves through the ramshackle quarter of Lisbon. Shreds of memories come to her in the dark. They tell of a shared house on the Cap Verde islands that remained unfinished because Joaquin upped and left.


PEDRO COSTA (*1958) With films like Blood (1989), Down to Earth (1994), In Vanda‘s Room (2000) and Horse Money (2014) Pedro Costa is one of Portugal’s most influential directors and has won many awards for his work.



Vitalina Varela

Documentary Feature

Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese




124 min

OV with German subtitles

Pedro Costa

Pedro Costa, Vitalina Varela

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

Abel Ribeiro Chaves

Leonardo Simões

João Dias, Vítor Carvalho

Grandfilm Verleih

OPTEC Sociedade Óptica Técnica

OPTEC Sociedade Óptica Técnica

Patrick Horn, Grandfilm Verleih: ph@grandfilm.de

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