Portugal | 149 min.
SPECIAL TWO-DISC DVD EDITION:
• Director-approved transfer of the feature, presented in its original 25fps playback speed
• Newly translated optional English subtitles
• New and exclusive 17-minute video piece filmed at the Tate Modern, London, featuring Pedro Costa discussing Colossal Youth
• Original trailer for the film
• Three shorter works by Pedro Costa which complement Colossal Youth: Tarrafal [2007, 18 minutes]; The Rabbit Hunters [Portuguese title: A caça ao coelho com pau, or Hunting the Rabbit with a Stick, 2007, 23 minutes]; and the first home video release of Costa’s most recent work, O nosso homem [Our Man, 2010, 25 minutes]
• Finding the Criminal [2010, 118 minutes] — a new film by Craig Keller, featuring Pedro Costa in a 2008 conversation with Keller and Andy Rector on the history of cinema, cinema aesthetics, politics, music, etc.
• A 56-page full-colour booklet containing writing on the film by French philosopher Jacques Rancière; an essay by the legendary Portuguese critic João Bénard da Costa; a facsimile reproduction of Ventura’s letter from the film; and new and exclusive short pieces by Arthur Mas, José Oliveira, Martial Pisani, and Andy Rector
Pedro Costa, 2006
Across the course of history, only a relative handful of filmmakers can be said to have developed and refined a language of cinematographic expression which, inimitable, belongs to its creator alone. Pedro Costa, of our time, exists within this select group, and Colossal Youth is one of his sublime achievements.
An intimate epic wherein present and past move as one, Colossal Youth (Costa’s English-language title for Juventude em marcha, or Youth on the March) chronicles Ventura, the towering Cape Verdean who has assumed the role of surrogate “father” to an untold number of characters around Lisbon and its now-razed neighbourhood of Fontaínhas. Through Ventura’s ghost-like visitations to figures such as Vanda Duarte (the central personage of Costa’s previous In Vanda’s Room) and repeated recollections of his past life as a newly migrated manual labourer, Costa explores the nature, and necessity, of storytelling in the course of the human adventure.
As with In Vanda’s Room, Colossal Youth lays bare the residence of documentary inside of fiction (and vice-versa) using a digital video aesthetic in which every single image resonates with an indescribably poetic and rarefied force. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Colossal Youth in concert with Costa’s complementary short works Tarrafal, The Rabbit Hunters, and O nosso homem – all for the first time in the UK.