One of today’s most important filmmakers, Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa returns with the eagerly awaited follow-up to his landmark Fontainhas trilogy of Ossos, In Vanda’s Room and Colossal Youth, which poetically captured the lives of those residing in the eponymous Lisbon slum and their eventual relocation to a stark suburban social-housing unit. In Horse Money, Ventura — the sad-eyed Cape Verdean lead of Colossal Youth — is lost in startlingly abstracted and stunningly rendered indeterminacy as revolution takes place in the streets. A product of the failed promises of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution in the 1970s — where the fight for democracy after decades of dictatorship neglected the immigrant population of his generation — Ventura is increasingly held captive by his madness and the “nervous disease” that causes his constant trembling, the results of a lifetime’s worth of back-breaking manual labour and extreme poverty. Invoking the photography of Jacob Riis (1849 – 1914), the famous American photographer, journalist, and advocate for poverty reform, Costa’s new film is both a powerful indictment of social and racial injustice in Portugal and a new pinnacle of the filmmaker’s art.
“★★★★ Eerie, unsettling film is hermetic to the point of being baffling.” The Independent
“★★★★★ […] the film is not limbo; it ends, and when it does, we leave a little different then when we started.” The Financial Times
“★★★★★ Pedro Costa returns with his first feature since 2006. The result is nothing short of spectacular.” Little White Lies
“★★★ […] austere work from the Samuel Beckett of world cinema.” The Guardian
“★★★ Costa offers some oft-stunning compositions for his digitally shot, non-linear, draining foray into a world of shadows, dementia and delirium.” The Skinny
“★★★★ Eloquent, mythical and sublime.” Cine Vue
The screening on Sun 20 Sep at 17:20 will be followed by a Q&A with director Pedro Costa.