Colossal Youth

A film by Pedro Costa

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. With COLOSSAL YOUTH, Costa closes a trilogy of films taking place in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. The Music Box presents an archival 35mm print provided by the Portuguese Cinematheque.

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. With COLOSSAL YOUTH, Costa closes a trilogy of films taking place in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. This time, Costa focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in a low-income housing complex, who has been abandoned by his wife and spends his days visiting his neighbors, whom he considers his “children.” What results is a form of ghost story, a tale of derelict, dispossessed people living in the past and present at the same time, filmed by Costa with empathy and startling radiance.

Presented in an archival 35mm print provided by the Portuguese Cinematheque.

 

Technical Information

Production Year
2006
Running Time
156 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Friday, Oct 21, 2011
5:30pm

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