Length / Vitalina Varela: 125 minutes
Length / Special features: 100 mins
Sound / Blu-Ray:
5.1 DTS-HD master audio / 2.0 Stereo LPCM (48k/24-bit)
Sound / DVD: Stereo 2.0 / 5.1 Dolby surround
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Language: Portuguese and Kabuverdianu
Subtitles: English, Portuguese
Blu-Ray: BD50 / 1080i / 25fps / Region ABC
DVD: PAL / DVD9 / 25fps / Region 0
Blu-Ray RRP: £19.99
DVD RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 31 August 2020
Second Run DVD 130 / SRBD 030
Following on from his exquisite works Blood (O Sangue, 1989), Casa de Lava (1994), Colossal Youth (Juventude em Marcha, 2006) and Horse Money (Cavalo Dinheiro, 2014), Vitalina Varela is the latest film from maestro Pedro Costa.
Winner of the prestigious 'Best Film' and ‘Best Actress' Awards at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival, and the Silver Hugo Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, Costa's film follows the titular Vitalina, a woman left behind in Cape Verde when her husband leaves to find work in Portugal. Years later, she finally makes the journey to Lisbon herself but arrives three days after his funeral. Alone and isolated in her late husband's home, Vitalina is determined to persevere and confront the ghosts of the past. Haunting, strikingly visualised and marked by a towering central performance, Vitalina Varela is an unforgettable modern masterwork.
Our region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions are presented from a new director-approved HD master and includes Pedro Costa in an expansive on-stage conversation with Maria Delgado at London's ICA cinema, an introduction to the film by critic and author Chris Fujiwara, a short film 'Pedro Costa: Companhia', a booklet featuring writing on the film by Daniel Kasman... and more!
• Vitalina Varela (2019) presented from a director-approved HD transfer of the film.
• An introduction to the film by critic and author Chris Fujiwara.
• Pedro Costa in an exclusive and expansive filmed conversation with Maria Delgado recorded at the ICA Cinema, London, March 2020.
• Pedro Costa: Companhia – a short film about Costa’s installation exhibition at the Serralves Museum, Porto in 2018.
• Film trailers and teasers made by the director.
• 24-page booklet featuring writing on the film by Daniel Kasman.
• Original soundtrack in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & 2.0 Stereo LPCM
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C) and DVD (‘0’) editions.
Directed by Pedro Costa
Cinematography - Leonardo Simões
Sound - João Gazua
Editing - João Dias, Vítor Carvalho
Sound Editing and Mix - Hugo Leitão
Colour Grading - Gonçalo Ferreira
Production Manager - João Fevereiro
Producer - Abel Ribeiro Chaves
Manuel Tavares Almeida
Marina Alves Domingues
2019 Locarno Film Festival / Best Director; Best Actress
2019 Chicago Film Festival / Silver Hugo Jury Prize
2019 La Roche-sur-Yon Film Festival / Grand Prix du Jury
2019 Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português /
Grand Prize - Pedro Costa; Best Actress; Best Cinematography
2019 Gijón International Film Festival /
Grand Prix - Best Film; Best Cinematography
Sight & Sound Critics Poll / ‘Best Films of 2019’
Film Comment: 'Best Films of the Decade' poll
Little White Lies: '100 Best Films of the Decade'
Film Comment: 'Best 40 Films of 2019'
La Internacional Cinéfila 2019 / Best Film of 2019
“We were all stunned, overwhelmed, by this film, a major film in the history of cinema from here on out. Something incredible happened at this festival: to have seen and rewarded a film that will enter the heritage of world cinema.”
Catherine Breillat, filmmaker and President of the Locarno Jury
“A ravishing and masterful vision between horror and melodrama, spirituality and desperation that blew the jury all away.” Chicago International Film Festival Jury
“Looks and feels like nothing else ever made.”
David Jenkins, Little White Lies - 100 Best Films of the Decade
“A strange mix of the real and the surreal… like something out of David Lynch. [...] A mesmerising experience... a really interesting and important film.”
Mark Kermode, Film Review, BBC Radio 5 Live
“A strange and beautiful film from Pedro Costa. [...}
Costa remains a master of digital chiaroscuro, of political ghost stories - and of the lives other films leave outside the frame.” Danny Leigh, Financial Times
“If there is a cinema of the dispossessed, then its hero has to be the Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa. His static, austere and often dreamlike movies – unfolding in a mysterious, forbidding semi-darkness – are about marginalised souls [...] There is an immersive deep-seriousness in Costa’s otherworldly artistry.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian - 'Film of the Week'
“The latest work by one of our planet’s two or three greatest living filmmakers, Pedro Costa... a plaintive and piercingly beautiful vision from a dimension that is far removed from the world of contemporary cinema.”
Christopher Small, Sight & Sound online
“Pedro Costa returns with the masterful Vitalina Varela - story of mourning and rebirth, a return to old haunts, and quite possibly the most beautiful film of 2020”
Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
“The grief of the present and the ghosts of the past mingle together in Costa’s ravishing chiaroscuro compositions, a film of shadow and whisper that might be the director’s most visually extraordinary work.”
Dennis Lim, New York Film Festival 2019