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Pedro Costa

Pedro Costa
Born (1959-03-03) March 3, 1959
Lisbon, Portugal
Nationality Portuguese
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Pedro Costa (born 3 March 1959) is a Portuguese film director.


  • Biography 1
  • Style and influencies 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Features 3.1
    • Documentaries and Shorts 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


While studying 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[1] and earned the Independent/Experimental prize (Los Angeles Film Critics Association) in 2008.

Style and influencies

He is considered to be part of The School of Reis film family. Antonio Reis, Portuguese director, was his teacher at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called Pedro Costa "the Samuel Beckett of cinema".[2] 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 socially disadvantaged and shot in a natural and low-key way in documentary format: some are docufictions.



Documentaries and Shorts

  • Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001) (documentary)
  • State of the World (2007) - "Tarrafal" segment (short)
  • Memories (2007) - "The Rabbit Hunters" segment (short)
  • Change Nothing (2009) (documentary)

See also


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Colossal Youth". Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (17 September 2009). "Pedro Costa, the Samuel Beckett of cinema". The Guardian. 

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