Vitalina Varela Blu-ray

Vitalina Varela

Following on from his exquisite works Horse Money, Colossal Youth, Casa de Lava and Blood, Vitalina Varela is the latest film from Pedro Costa.

Winner of the prestigious 'Best Film' and ‘Best Actress' Awards at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival, and the Silver Hugo Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, Costa's film follows the titular Vitalina, a woman left behind in Cape Verde when her husband leaves to find work in Portugal. Years later, she finally makes the journey to Lisbon herself but arrives three days after his funeral. Alone and isolated in her late husband's home, Vitalina is determined to persevere and confront the ghosts of the past..


★★★★ 'Film of the Week' Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

★★★★ "A strange and beautiful film from Pedro Costa." Danny Leigh, Financial Times

★★★★★ "A work of astonishing aesthetic beauty." Christopher Machell, Cine-Vue

"A strange mix of the real and the surreal… like something out of David Lynch. [...]
A mesmerising experience... a really interesting and important film."
Mark Kermode

“Looks and feels like nothing else ever made.”
David Jenkins, Little White Lies - 100 Best Films of the Decade

“Quite possibly the most beautiful film of 2020” Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

“Costa’s ravishing chiaroscuro compositions, a film of shadow and whisper that might be the director’s most visually extraordinary work.” Dennis Lim, New York Film Festival 2019

Production Year: 2019
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 12
Running Time: 125 Mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Portuguese & Kabuverdianu
Subtitles: English
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 Stereo LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Colour: Colour
Director Pedro Costa
Cast Vitalina Varela
Cast Manuel Tavares Almeida
Cast Francisco Brito
Cast Imídio Monteiro
Cast Marina Alves Domingues
Cast Jose Tavares Borges


  • Vitalina Varela (2019) presented from a director-approved HD transfer of the film
  • An introduction to the film by critic and author Chris Fujiwara
  • Pedro Costa in conversation at the ICA Cinema, London, March 2020
  • Pedro Costa: Companhia – a short film about Costa’s installation and exhibition at the Serralves Museum, Porto in 2018
  • Film trailers and teasers made by the director
  • 24-page booklet featuring writing on the film by Daniel Kasman
  • Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
  • Original soundtrack in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & 2.0 Stereo LPCM