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Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa

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One of the most important artists on the international film scene today, Portuguese director Pedro Costa has been steadily building an impressive body of work since the late eighties. And these are the three films that put him on the map: spare, painterly portraits of battered, largely immigrant lives in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. Hypnotic, controlled works, OSSOS, IN VANDA'S ROOM, and COLOSSAL YOUTH confirm Costa as a provocative new cinematic poet, one who locates beauty in the most unlikely of places.

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Ossos
  • New video conversations between Costa & Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Audio commentary for In Vanda's Room
  • Selected-scene audio commentary by critic Cyril Neyrat
  • Video interviews with critic Joao Benard da Costa
  • Video essay by artist Jeff Wall on Ossos
  • All Blossoms Again, a feature-length documentary
  • Tarrafal and The Rabbit Hunters, two short films by Costa
  • Little Boy Male, Little Girl Female, a video installation piece
  • Photographs by Mariana Viegas and Richard Dumas
  • Theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critics

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    • Actors: Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta, Cila Cardoso
    • Directors: Pedro Costa
    • Writers: Pedro Costa
    • Producers: Andres Pfäffli, Elda Guidinetti, Francisco Villa-Lobos, Karl Baumgartner, Paulo Branco
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: Portuguese
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 4
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Criterion
    • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
    • Run Time: 425 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003152Z0O
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa" on IMDb

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    Pedro Costa allows us to observe the lives of the poor of Fontainhas. It is, what it is. The hacking cough, daly drug use, mundane conversations, are repeated in different stages of family life in such poverty. The cinematography seems much to beautiful for this environment, black and white would seem more appropriate .One of the younger women in the first film is to beautiful for the part.We , as viewers, never get to leave this "ghetto". People leave for work , come home, but we stay ,with the constant coughing ,images of poverty so beautifully filmed.
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    By Marta on February 12, 2013
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    Product in good conditions and good contents. I bought it new.
    I really liked it and i recommend it a lot.
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