Friday, 6 February 2009, 6 pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
The Portuguese director Pedro Costa revisits the slums of Lisbon for the final film in the Fontainhas trilogy in which he follows Ventura, a Cape Verdean labourer who moves from his home in the dilapidated quarter to a stark new low-cost housing complex. Ventura’s story expands to those around him, including Vanda Duarte who has transitioned to methadone and settled down with her husband and child. Pared down from 320 hours of raw footage, Colossal Youth was one of the most controversial films at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
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