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Vitalina Varela

May 27 - May 31, 2020

Vitalina Varela

(Dir. Pedro Costa, 2020)







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From March 27 - May 31, Grasshopper Film is making Vitalina Varela available to stream via their website. Your screening of the film supports Acropolis Cinema and the Lumiere Music Hall.

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. (Grasshopper)

The best movie of the year.

- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sight & Sound

A ravishing masterpiece. Gorgeous. Dreamlike. Transcendent.

- Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Spellbinding. Dazzling. Conjures chiaroscuro wonder after chiaroscuro wonder.

- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Spectacular  images, ideas, emotions, and performances… several glorious outdoor  sequences…have the visionary rapture of scenes by John Ford.

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Gorgeously  photographed. Has a conceptual rigor comparable to the films of  Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet and a visual beauty that evokes  Rembrandt.
- J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books

(Available to download after screening date)

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