On wednesday October 21st Pedro Costa will sit down with Courtisane's Stoffel Debuysere to talk about a cinema of shadows and the art of dissent in an extensive Director's Talk.
Few directors paint with such a singular brush. In the years since Béla Tarr retired, Costa has become the standard bearer for a certain type of dour, lyrical filmmaking steeped in ambiguity and rich with implications. His movies hover in a twilight zone of psychological disarray, but there's such transcendent beauty to his work that it never becomes a bleak aesthetic exercise. As Vitalina Varela [a film about a widow who returns to Lisbon from Cape Verde to bury her dead husband] proves, Costa empowers his subjects by framing them as majestic storytellers and letting their stories take charge. - Indiewire