Vitalina Varela

124 mins.
Directed by Pedro Costa
NR
Portuguese with subtitles
2020

Now playing through Thursday, April 16.
 

  • Ticket price: $12 for unlimited viewing within a 3-day rental period.
     
  • How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.
     

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A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s VITALINA VARELA stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life.

Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life.

Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.


"VITALINA VARELA is socially conscious, but dreamlike, elegiac. And an inquiry, too, into the abilities and deficiencies of film as a medium to illuminate human consciousness and experience. It’s essential cinema." Glenn Kenny. A New York Times Critic's Pick!