In Vanda's Room
|No Quarto da Vanda
(In Vanda's Room)
|Directed by||Pedro Costa|
|Written by||Pedro Costa|
|Editing by||Dominique Auvray
|Running time||179 min.|
The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict, in the shanty outskirts of Lisbon. The film's focus is also on the community of the district and its townscape. No Quarto da Vanda is a kind of sequel to the drama film Ossos (1997) in which Vanda Duarte plays as an actress.
In spite of its three-hour length, the director Pedro Costa made the film in a realist style by using fixed shots entirely. Melancholic life of the community was shot on DV in a low-key way. Costa said about his impression of the district:
- ""When I entered the Fontainhas area, there were colors and smells that made me remember the things and events of the past, and also ideas about people to which I am attracted. These ideas nestled close to each other, living together even as they led very solitary lives because of violent and painful separation. A form of interesting and incompatible relationships existed in this."
The fact that many believe it to be a documentary attests to Costa's deceptively simple virtuosity and critically cunning approach.
Despite its highly fictional nature, its elusive classification and its documentary-like hybridization allowed it to win the FIPRESCI Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2001 "for presenting life in its near-original form".  
- In Vanda's Room at the Internet Movie Database
- In Vanda's Room at allmovie
- Podcast with Pedro Costa (on the "Letters from Fontainhas" Criterion DVD set, 2010), GreenCine Daily
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