CC: Vitalina Varela

2019/20 SEASON!

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Thursday, March 12, 2020

Vitalina Varela

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Globe Cinema
- 617 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
$12 General | $10 Members/Seniors/Students | $40 5-Pack Punch Pass | $99 Season Pass

A ravishing masterpiece from Pedro Costa, Vitalina Varela stars a non-professional actor in a performance based upon her own life.

Directed by Pedro Costa | Portugal | 124 mins.

A moody masterpiece from acclaimed director Pedro Costa, Vitalina Varela (2019) stars the titular non-professional actor in a heartbreaking 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. Costa's latest film has received endless praise from the festival circuit, winning the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival. With a tragic humanism evocative of a neorealist classic, Vitalina Varela has been described by TIFF as "a series of burnished, painterly still lifes, rendering the nightmarish reality of the African diaspora and the harrowing legacy of racial and colonial violence as a dreamlike portrait of the living dead."


Our Contemporary World Cinema Series showcases films from the most recent festival circuit that haven’t screened in Calgary, parsing the critical discourse and following the development of key artists. Meticulously handpicked throughout the year, these selections bring fresh and important films to Calgary that would not make it here otherwise, and often never screen again. Last season we presented a diverse sampling of exciting and timely works from China, Switzerland, the Ukraine, Iran, and South Korea. You can be certain that equal riches are once again in store.

About Calgary Cinematheque

We are a non-profit film society dedicated to presenting significant, challenging, and essential works of cinema art in Calgary. During our season, which runs from October to April, we screen films weekly, in curated programs which situate each film in a thematic and historical context. We do this because we believe cinema is an essential form of artistic, social, and political expression. Audiences should be able to engage with a wide range of cinematic expression, not only with what is commercially viable. We believe in the power of sharing these experiences with other people in a theatrical setting and we strive to cultivate a community around that experience.  

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