2006. Portugal/France/Switzerland. Pedro Costa. 155 min.
Friday, March 7, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2006. Portugal/France/Switzerland. Written and directed by Pedro Costa. With Ventura, Vanda Duarte. "[A] richer, more daring and compelling work this year is unimaginable. Colossal Youth centers on Ventura, a Cape Verdean ex-laborer whose wife of thirty years decamps Lisbon for home and leaves Ventura wandering his new neighborhood, Casal Boba, to visit his "children"—various lost souls who see him as a father figure. Among them is Vanda Duarte, familiar from Costa's previous two films (Ossos, 1997, and In Vanda's Room, 2000), now on methadone and ensconced in a new apartment with husband and baby. Achieving grandeur with minimal means, Costa turns Ventura's encounters with the once or presently dispossessed into a humanist epic. Carved out of over three hundred hours of digital video, Colossal Youth offers one lovely composition and heart-smiting moment after another" (James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario). Cited in several important critics' polls as one of the best undistributed films of 2006. Portuguese; English subtitles. 155 min.