Set in a crumbling infirmary, Pedro Costa’s haunting, dreamlike film serves as an indictment of social injustice in postcolonial Europe. Ventura, a 70-year-old Cape Verdean immigrant, has been worn down from a lifetime of manual labor and civil strife in the Lisbon slums of Fountainhas. He is recuperating from a nervous disease and looks back on his life through a series of fragmented and ghostly encounters in a film of considerable visual and narrative originality and power. “In the soul-space of Ventura . . . a self-reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, and a great and piercingly beautiful work of cinema.”—New York Film Festival. Winner of the Best Film Prize, Locarno Film Festival.
Appears in: 38th Portland International Film Festival
Other Films by Pedro Costa
A sensual, atmospheric arthouse zombie film par excellence, Costa’s second feature—following 1989’s strikingly luminous Blood—is set on the rugged, tiny islands of Cape Verde off the West African coast. A young nurse, Mariana (Inês de Medeiros), accompanies a comatose immigrant, Leão (Isaach de Bankolé), back to Cape Verde from Lisbon. Among the island locals are …