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Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa [Criterion Collection] [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Ossos, newly restored in high-definition, and In Vanda's Room and Colossal Youth remastered from the digital camera originals, all under the supervision of director Pedro Costa
  • New video conversations between Costa and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin about Ossos and Colossal Youth
  • New audio commentary for In Vanda's Room featuring Costa and Gorin
  • New selected-scene audio commentary for Colossal Youth with critic Cyril Neyrat and author-philosopher Jacques Rancière
  • Video interviews with critic João Bénard da Costa and cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel about Ossos
  • New video essay by artist Jeff Wall on Ossos
  • All Blossoms Again, a feature-length documentary on Costa, Colossal Youth, and the director's relationship to Fontainhas
  • Tarrafal and The Rabbit Hunters, two short films by Costa
  • "Little Boy Male, Little Girl Female," a video installation piece by Costa featuring outtakes from In Vanda's Room and Colossal Youth
  • Galleries of photos by Mariana Viegas and Richard Dumas
  • Theatrical trailers for In Vanda's Room and Colossal Youth
  • Plus: A booklet featuring essays by critics Cyril Neyrat, Ricardo Matos Cabo, Luc Sante, Thom Andersen, and Mark Peranson, as well as a reprint by film historian Bernard Eisenschitz

Synopsis

Ossos
Realizing that teenage mom Tina is about to gas herself and her new child, Tina's young boyfriend grabs the infant and takes it to the streets of Lisbon. What he does next comprises the bulk of this extremely downbeat, minimalist drama from Portuguese director Pedro Costa. Once in the street, the boyfriend attempts to sell the child. When that fails, he leaves it at a nurse's house. That doesn't work out either so the youth gives the baby to a streetwalker. Meanwhile Tina and her friend try to get the baby back. When they fail, they decide to get revenge upon the boyfriend. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

No Quarto Da Vanda
A three-hour drama about the daily existence of a drug addict living in a Lisbon slum, In Vanda's Room centers on the 30-something Vanda who, when she isn't selling vegetables, spends most of her time consuming enormous quantities of drugs and engaging in long, ponderous conversations with her sister Zita. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Colossal Youth
Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa offers a long and richly detailed look at his nation's poor and needy in this affecting blend of drama and documentary. Fontainhas was a community in Lisbon primarily populated by exiles from Cape Verde; Costa shot two of his earlier films there, Bones and In Vanda's Room, but Portuguese authorities tore down the village to make room for a new construction project, and its people were relocated to Casal Boba, a housing project on the edge of Lisbon. Ventura was a native of Fontainhas who appeared in Bones; he and his wife, Clotilde (Isabel Cardoso), moved to Casal Boba, but Clotilde became disenchanted with her new surroundings and left him to move back to Cape Verde. Now Ventura, left to his own devices, struggles to make a decent and dignified home for himself and the friends he calls his "children" in the slums of Casal Boba, including Vanda (Vanda Duarte), a recovering drug addict who was the focus of In Vanda's Room, and Lento (Alberto Barros), a close friend who is the only one Ventura trusts to hear the lovesick poetry he's written for his absent wife. Colossal Youth received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Vanda Duarte - Clotilde
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    Maria Lipkina - Tina
  • Isabel Ruth
    Isabel Ruth - Eduarda
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