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Letters From Fontainhas (Criterion Collection) DVD
Letters From Fontainhas (Criterion Collection)

Letters From Fontainhas (Criterion Collection)

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One of the most important artists on the international film scene today, Portuguese director Pedro Costa has been steadily building an impressive body of work since the late eighties. And these are the three films that put him on the map: spare, painterlyportraits of battered, largely immigrant lives in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. Hypnotic, controlled works, Ossos, In Vanda's Room, and Colossal Youth confirm Costa as a provocative new cinematic poet, one who locates beauty in the most unlikely of places.OssosThe first film in Pedro Costa's transformative trilogy about Fontainhas, an impoverished quarter of Lisbon, Ossos is a tale of young lives torn apart by desperation. After a suicidal teenage girl gives birth, she misguidedly entrusts her baby's safety to the troubled, deadbeat father, whose violent actions take the viewer on a tour of the foreboding, crumbling shantytown in which they live. With its reserved, shadowy cinematography by Emmanuel Machuel (who collaborated with Bresson on L'argent), Ossos is a haunting look at a devastated community.In Vanda's RoomFor the extraordinarily beautiful second film in his Fontainhas trilogy, Pedro Costa jettisoned his earlier films' larger crews to burrow even deeper into the Lisbon ghetto and the lives of its desperate inhabitants. With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, In Vanda's Room takes an unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive,marginalized people, but is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte. Costa presents the daily routines of Vanda and her neighbors with disarming matter-of-factness, and through his camera, individuals whom many would deem disposable become vivid
Title: Letters From Fontainhas (Criterion Collection)
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Starring: Nuno Vaz, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Maria Lipkina, Zita Duarte, Lena Duarte, Ines Medeiros, Isabel Cardoso, Gustavo Sumpta, Antonio Moreno
Director: Pedro Costa
Studio: Criterion Collection
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 3/30/2010
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 715515053013
Item #: HVD002182

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