Pedro Costa is a Portuguese filmmaker whose latest feature film, Vitalina Verala (2019), reunites the director with two actors and collaborators from his previous feature, Horse Money (2014), Vitalina and Ventura, to further explore the Fontaínhas neighbourhood and its inhabitants.
The Portuguese filmmaker tells us about his latest: a quasi-western shot in anamorphic widescreen following one man’s bird watching trip through the pressures of nature, mysterious cultural rites, and a bricolage of mythologies that transform him.
The Portuguese director goes in-depth on his incredible latest feature, Horse Money: his intent behind the film (he “says too much” about its meaning), its production, critics writing about his films, and his thoughts on Jean-Luc Godard.
João Pedro Rodrigues is a Portuguese filmmaker who regularly collaborates with João Rui Guerra da Mata. Their films include the theme of transformation within a number of circumstances, including national identity. João was at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to present his latest short work, The King’s Body, in the Wavelengths program. It was… Continue reading João Pedro Rodrigues Interview (The King’s Body)
We can’t wait for you to see our 11th issue, which includes some of our very favourite filmmakers. Our two interviews in this issue are with filmmakers who made two of the best films of last year (corroborated by Cinema Scope‘s top ten list) and who were equally charming, insightful and funny when we talked… Continue reading Issue 11 (Matías Piñeiro, João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra Da Mata, Pinewood Toronto Studios and a Nagisa Oshima Video Essay) is now available!
João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata are Portuguese filmmakers who have worked together in various capacities since their first short film,Parabéns! (1997). Rodrigues has directed three feature films – O Fantasma (2000), Two Drifters (2005) and To Die Like a Man (2009) – where genres are mixed to tell stories that each… Continue reading João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata Interview (The Last Time I Saw Macao)
Miguel Gomes is a Portuguese filmmaker whose four shorts and three feature films that generally share an interest in formal games. His feature films loosely adhere to two-part structures, not unlike the occasionally referenced film, The Wizard of Oz (1939), and are often in dialogue with the medium and its past. The Face You Deserve (2004) is… Continue reading Miguel Gomes Interview (Tabu)
Our seventh issue is now available. We have two feature interviews this month: French filmmaker MIA HANSEN-LØVE (Goodbye First Love, Father of My Children, All Is Forgiven) and Portuguese filmmaker MIGUEL GOMES (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August, The Face You Deserve). Both interviews are around 50 minutes in length and crossover in the sense… Continue reading Issue 7 (Mia Hansen-Løve, Miguel Gomes, Stéphanie Weber-Biron, Tree of Life) Is Now Available
Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa began work on Ossos (1997) after receiving a bundle of letters from residents of Cape Verde, the former Portuguese colony and setting of his previous feature Casa de Lava (1994). The letters were addressed to friends living in a Lisbon neighbourhood called Fontaínhas, where a kind of pirate urbanization existed in… Continue reading Video Essay: Pedro Costa’s OSSOS
A video essay about Pedro Costa’s film Ossos (1997) and its representation of the Lisbon neighbourhood of Fontainhas. The essay considers the formal techniques used to express the community that lives in this neighbourhood and to in some ways extend it to the viewer in the sense of Jean-Luc Nancy’s concept of community. However, it… Continue reading Pedro Costa’s OSSOS (Video Essay)