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Portuguese cinema in the official Locarno Festival competition

Portuguese filmmakers Pedro Costa, Basil da Cunha and João Nicolau in the international competition at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.

After receiving in 2014, the prize for best achievement, with “Horse Money”, Pedro Costa, now returns with “Vitalina Varela”, about a Cape Verdean woman who arrived in Portugal in 2013, three days after her husband’s death.

With a world premiere on the 14th and already guaranteed distribution in the United States, in 2020, Pedro Costa met Vitalina Varela while riding “Horse Money”, eventually including part of her story in the narrative.

In the competition of the Swiss festival will also debut, on the 11th, “Technoboss”, by João Nicolau, Miguel Lobo Antunes, in the role of a divorced sexagenarian, and by actress Luisa Cruz.

And on the 13th, “The End of the World,” Basil da Cunha’s second fiction feature film about Spirra, “a young man who has just left boarding school and is meeting his friends in Reboleira again.”

Outside the competition of the Locarno festival, José Filipe Costa’s “Pleasure, Comrades!” Will be screened from the stories of Portuguese and foreigners living in cooperatives and Portuguese villages, after April 25, 1974.

The ‘Pardi di Domani’ section will feature a Portuguese co-production “Volcano: What do you dream of a lake?”, By Romanian Diana Vidrascu, developed in an artistic residency in the Azores, and will be shown “L’île aux oiseaux” by Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa in the Filmmakers section of the Present.

The festival runs until the 17th, features 50 short films and 29 feature films in four competitive sections.

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