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What does it mean to be a great director – and what does it take to call a filmmaker such a title?

Pedro Costa joined us for The Craft of Film to interrogate these ideas with critic and journalist, Ian Haydn Smith, in a ScreenTalk following a screening on his 2014 film, Horse Money on Friday 24 February.

Born in Lisbon in 1959, Pedro Costa left behind his studies in history to instead attend classes by the poet and filmmaker António Reis at the Lisbon Film School. Since his first film O Sange (1989), he has created documentaries and feature films that have premiered at Venice, Cannes and Locarno, winning many awards along the way. With films often exploring Cape Verdean immigrant life in Lisbon, Costa’s profound knowledge of film history coupled with a unique dedication to his craft have established him as one of the most consistently daring and uncompromising directors living today.

About Horse Money
Following on from his earlier films, Bones, In Vanda’s Room and Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa takes his portrayal of the lives of Cape Verdean immigrants living in Lisbon’s former slum area Fontainhas to another level of cinematic intensity. The audience follows main protagonist Ventura into a dense nocturnal, dreamlike world where the old man’s memories merge with the stories of other characters to form a spell-bounding and deeply moving account of the immigrant experience.



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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February

In collaboration with, and organised by EUNIC London, the Goethe-Institut London and in association with the London Film School. Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute

With support from the European Commission Representation in the UK.

Part of Film in Focus, a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.