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March 3, 1959 |
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Pedro Costa (born 3 March 1959) is a Portuguese film director.
While studying history at University of Lisbon, Costa switched to film courses at Lisbon Theatre and Film School (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema) where he was a student of António Reis, Paulo Rocha and Alberto Seixas Santos. After working as an assistant director to several directors such as Jorge Silva Melo, Vítor Gonçalves and João Botelho, he made a first feature film O Sangue (The Blood) in 1989.
He collected the France Culture Award (Foreign Cineaste of the Year) at 2002 Cannes Film Festival for directing the film In Vanda's Room. Colossal Youth was selected for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and earned the Independent/Experimental prize (Los Angeles Film Critics Association) in 2008.
Style and influences
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called Pedro Costa "the Samuel Beckett of cinema." He is acclaimed for using his ascetic style to depict the marginalised people in desperate living situations. Many of his films are set in a district of Lisbon inhabited by the socially disadvantaged and shot in a natural and low-key way in documentary format: some are docufictions. He is considered to be part of The School of Reis film family.
- O Sangue (1989)
- Down to Earth (1995)
- Ossos (1997)
- In Vanda's Room (2000)
- Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Filmmakers - Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001)
- Colossal Youth (2006)
- Tarrafal (2007)
- The Rabbit Hunters (2007)
- Change Nothing (2009)
- Horse Money (2014)
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