In Vanda’s Room


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In Vanda’s Room
No Quarto da Vanda | Pedro Costa, 2000
Portugal | Portuguese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 171 minutes

A series of shadowy domestic tableaus, shot with a small, static digital camera and using only available light, this second feature in Pedro Costa’s groundbreaking Fontainhas trilogy is a stark, matter-of-fact portrait of a community whose world is literally falling apart. With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, In Vanda’s Room takes an unflinching look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, but is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte. Through Costa’s camera, individuals whom many would deem disposable become vivid and vital. This was his first use of digital video, and the evocative images he created remain some of the medium’s most astonishing.

Series: Ozu and His Afterlives

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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