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March 2 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

With his distinctively minimalist approach, Pedro Costa has earned the reputation “the Samuel Beckett of cinema.” Ossos, a tale of young lives torn apart by tragedy and misfortune, became Costa’s first entry in a trilogy set entirely in a decaying quarter of Lisbon, a haven for immigrants from former Portuguese colonies in Africa. The use of natural light, long takes, and low-key, shadowy shooting fostered the film’s documentary tone. “The soulful close-ups Costa accords his abject characters verge on the beatific (the soft, longhaired father with his faraway gaze evokes one of Bellini’s musing Madonnas) and the exquisite lighting turns two symmetrical shots of a photograph, some keys, and crumpled cigarette packs lying on a red dresser into colorist still lives” — James Quandt. (Pedro Costa, 1997, 35mm, subtitles, 94 minutes)

courtesy Cinemateca Portugesa

Film Programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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