Museum Films is partnering with Grasshopper Film to deliver the best of new world cinema straight to your living room! We are pleased to share Pedro Costa’s ravishingly beautiful drama Vitalina Varela, winner of the 2019 Locarno Film Festival’s Golden Leopard prize.
One $12 ticket is good for a three-day pass to see Vitalina Varela. A portion of each sale supports OKCMOA and its mission. Click here to purchase a pass.
“Winner of the top prize at this year’s prestigious Locarno International Film Festival, the most recent film from Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa is another moody, masterful portrait of Fontainhas, the now-vanished Lisbon neighborhood that the director first began chronicling over two decades ago with the masterful trilogy of Ossos, In Vanda’s Room, and Colossal Youth. Taking its title from the name of its lead — a Cape Verdean woman who, as per usual with Costa’s non-professional actors, plays a fictionalized version of herself — Vitalina Varela follows its stoic heroine as she arrives in Lisbon to collect the effects of her husband, who had left their homeland 25 years ago to work in Portugal and died three days before Vitalina could reach him. Following its protagonist as she navigates the scanty physical traces her husband left behind and encounters the other souls that haunt the tenebrous tenements, alleys, and forests of the Fontainhas that once was, Vitalina Varela plays out as a series of burnished, painterly still lifes, rendering the nightmarish reality of the African diaspora and the harrowing legacy of racial and colonial violence as a dreamlike portrait of the living dead.” –TIFF
Director Pedro Costa | 2019 | In Portuguese with English subtitles | 124 minutes | NR
OKCMOA is grateful to Grasshopper Film for providing us with the opportunity to continue offering the cinematic experience to our devoted audiences in the Oklahoma City community, even as our theater remains temporarily closed. Your support with this purchase will help OKCMOA remain a vibrant center for cinema culture once this turbulent period is behind us. The show must go on—and it will, thanks to you.