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Pedro Costa's VITALINA VARELA will have its Spanish premiere at the #57FICX

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VITALINA
THE NEW FILM BY THE PORTUGUESE MASTER WILL COME TO GIJÓN AFTER WINNING THE "PARDO DE ORO" AND THE PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS AT THE PRESTIGIOUS LOCARNO FESTIVAL
One of the most undisputed and admired voices of the world's audiovisual, Portuguese Pedro Costa, will attend Gijón/Xixón Film Festival, which will celebrate its 57th edition 15-23 November this year.

Pedro Costa continues in Vitalina Varela with his authorial line always concerned with giving voice to individuals displaced by bourgeois society, especially immigrants arriving in Lisbon's slums. It is here, in the Portuguese capital, more specifically in the suburb of Fontainhas, that Costa has found the visual and human landscape that has given birth to his images since En el cuarto de Vanda (No quarto da Vanda, Pedro Costa 2000) and that in his latest work is more ghostly and evocative than ever.

The international recognition of Costa's contributions to the world of Seventh Art today have been endorsed by the various awards that the Portuguese author has received throughout his career. Festivals such as Cannes, Cinema du Reel, Mar del Plata, Munich, Thessaloniki and Locarno itself (where three of his previous works have been awarded in addition to the Pardo de Oro and the prize for the best female performance awarded to Vitalina Varela in 2019) testify to Costa's continuous experimentation with the syntax and forms of images in our time. Gijón and its festival have been, from the very beginning, admirers of the mastery of the creator of Juventude em marcha, with the FICX being the first Spanish competition to offer a retrospective of his work, back in 2000.

The world of critics has also been unanimous in its acclaim of the films of the director from Lisbon. A gratitude that is repeated in the case of Vitalina Varela, about whom headlines like The Hollywood Reporter say that "... he manages to develop a masterful work like what Jacques Tourneur achieved in Return to the past, The Panther Woman or I walked with a zombie...".
The specialist website IndieWire mentions how "the mystery and wonder of Pedro Costa's shooting defies any category other than his own", and brings his art closer to that of Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr or Renaissance painting.

Finally, the Spanish critic Manu Yáñez exposes in his text for Otros Cines Europa how the monumentality of Vitalina Varela's stills connects her with John Ford's classic cinema:
"Costa, with his digital updating of the academic format, is probably the only contemporary filmmaker capable of looking at the twilight monumentality of John Ford's cinema. Thus Costa certifies the cinematographic magnitude of Vitalina Varela. A film that walks to the rhythm of its characters, a work of empty stomachs and obstinate wills. Here is the new masterpiece of an artist committed to the greatness of cinema and the human spirit. A man not reconciled with the injustices of our time".


Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2019