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Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal 2019

 

Following on from his exquisite works Horse Money, Colossal Youth, Casa de Lava and Blood, Vitalina Varela is the latest film from Pedro Costa.

Winner of the prestigious 'Best Film' and Best Actress' Awards at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival, and the Silver Hugo Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, Costa's film follows the titular Vitalina, a woman left behind in Cape Verde when her husband leaves to find work in Portugal. Years later, she finally makes the journey to Lisbon herself but arrives three days after his funeral. Alone and isolated in her late husband's home, Vitalina is determined to persevere and confront the ghosts of the past.

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Suddenly, in the sumptuous darkness of a neighborhood haunted by solemn shadows, the deep red of bloody sheets. Vitalina Varela is too late; all she can do now is settle her husbands affairs. She will mourn no unfortunates: facing bitter and fallen men, she resolves to rebuild the memory of a solid shared house in Cape Verde, blueprint by blueprint and wall by wall, fighting the sad reality of a life that could not be built under a decent roof in Portugal.

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Theatrical Release: August 14th, 2019 (Locarno Film Festival)

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Review: Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 2:04:29.400        
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1.33:1 1080i (25 fps) Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,676,285,772 bytes

Feature: 38,343,815,616 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS-HD Master Audio Portuguese 1682 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1682 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Portuguese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, Portuguese, None
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1.33:1 1080i (25 fps) Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,676,285,772 bytes

Feature: 38,343,815,616 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

An introduction to the film by critic and author Chris Fujiwara (4:13)
• Pedro Costa in an exclusive and expansive filmed conversation with Maria Delgado recorded at the ICA Cinema, London, March 2020 (1:18:08)
• Pedro Costa: Companhia – a short film about Costa’s installation exhibition at the Serralves Museum, Porto in 2018 (12:26)
• Film trailers and teasers made by the director (0:42, 1;15, 0:53, 1:49)
• 24-page booklet featuring writing on the film by Daniel Kasman


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 31st, 2020
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Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Second Run Blu-ray (September 2020): Second Run have transferred Pedro Costa's 2019 Vitalina Varela to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "director-approved HD transfer of the film". It looks magnificent on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. This film is stunningly attractive in 1080i (25 fps - as shot by the director and transferred as per his wishes.) Contrast is sublime. What a beautifully visual film experience via this impressive HD presentation.

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On their Blu-ray, Second Run provide the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround (16-bit) or a linear PCM stereo track (24-bit) in the original Portuguese language. In keep with its vérité expression, there is no score nor extensive dialogue. There is very minor use of the separation but everything some through clean and sharp in the lossless or the uncompressed transfers. Second Run offer optional English or Portuguese subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Second Run Blu-ray offers a new 4-minute introduction to the film by critic Chris Fujiwara (author of Defining Moments in Movies: The Greatest Films, Stars, Scenes and Events that Made Movie Magic.) Included is an extensive 1 1/4 hour conversation with Pedro Costa in an exclusive interview with Maria Delgado recorded at the ICA Cinema, London, in March 2020. He is a fascinating director and it's wonderful to hear his approach in his own words. I appreciated seeing Pedro Costa's short film Companhia (Company) about his installation exhibition at the Serralves Museum, Porto in 2018. There are four short film trailers and teasers made by the director and the package has a 24-page liner notes booklet with photos and an excellent essay by Daniel Kasman.

Vitalina Varela is another masterpiece from Pedro Costa. It is 'pure cinema' - that we rarely get to indulge in today. This is a hypnotic visual experience that is so penetrating it's hard to put into words. The Second Run Blu-ray provides an excellent a/v presentation with very appreciated supplements. I'm so thrilled that they have gone to such lengths to respect Horse Money and Vitalina Varela with exceptional packages. We are very fortunate and I would like to congratulate them, again, on another essential release - that should be prominently mentioned in our year-end poll. Our absolute highest recommendation. Do NOT miss this experience!

Gary Tooze

 


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