All Blossoms Again: The Films of Pedro Costa

This portrait of Pedro Costa follows him during the shooting and editing of Colossal Youth. Mirroring the observational style of Costa's portrait of filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?, this work captures Costa at work in the editing room, musing over the aesthetics, demands, and “truth” of filmmaking. Filmmaking has been idolized for too long, he insists; for him it is merely a job, a shift to put in from day to day. A visit to the old Fontaínhas neighborhood, setting of three of his major works, finds only ruins and memories, a stark reminder that cinema, for all its fictions, can still serve as a testament to what once existed.

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