In Vanda's Room
|In Vanda's Room|
|Directed by||Pedro Costa|
|Written by||Pedro Costa|
|Edited by||Dominique Auvray
|8 August 2000 (Locarno Film Festival)|
|Language||Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole|
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 follows 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.
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
- Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas Trilogy: Rooms for the Living and the Dead by Cyril Neyrat
- Conversation between Pedro Costa and Jean-Pierre Gorin
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