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Film for Thought series:
Para Cinema: Collaborations

A Joint UCI & UCLA
Symposium with
Visiting Cinéaste Pedro Costa

featuring OC premieres of films by
Costa and Straub

November 9 - 12

Co-hosted by UCI Film and Video Center,
UC Humanities Research Institute & UCLA Department of Film, TV & Digital Media, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, & Melnitz Movies

Pedro Costa has been critically acclaimed as one of the most important political film auteurs to emerge at the turn of the new millennium. Equally at home in documentary and fictional modes, his narrative films, a trilogy of which is featured in this symposium, push the boundary between the two, balancing a new ethics of filmmaker-actor collaboration with a style that is rigorously distinctive and gripplingly beautiful in its portrayal of the marginal and dispossessed in urban, postcolonial Portugal. After studying History at Lisbon University and editing at Lisbon School of Film, Costa directed a series of shorts, and then his first feature, O Sangue (Blood) in 1990. A versatile media artist, he presented his first video installation, commissioned by Catherine David, in Rotterdam, Lyon (France), Japan, and Bilbao (Spain). He recently contributed, with the short The Rabbit Hunters, to the Jeonju Digital Project in Korea. His omnibus film, The State of the World, garnered awards at the Locarno Film Festival and in Portugal, and retrospectives of his work have been staged at the Tate Gallery in London and the Harvard Film Archive, as well as the Redcat in Los Angeles. His latest film Ne Change Rien, starring the actress Jeanne Balibar, premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and is currently playing at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Screening and Q&A with visiting director Pedro Costa

In Vanda's Room
(No Quarto Da Vanda)

Monday, November 9 • 7pm
1422 Melnitz Hall (across the lobby from Bridges Theater)

Free and open to the Public.
Limited seating, please plan to arrive early.

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal/Germany/Switzerland, 2000 • 178 min • DVD
In Portuguese with English subtitles

Screening and discussion with
director Pedro Costa

Colossal Youth
(Juventude Em Marcha/
En Avant, Jeunesse!)

Tuesday, November 10 • 7:30pm
James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall

Free and open to the public,
under the auspices of Melnitz Movies

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal, 2004 • 155 min • 35mm
In Portuguese with English subtitles

Graduate Student Luncheon-Colloquium with Pedro Costa

Wednesday, November 11 • 12:30 - 3:30pm
1010 Humanities Gateway (new building)

If interested, please RSVP to

Costa/Lounas/Straub/Huillet Collaborations

Screening-Seminar with Director Costa
Thursday, November 12 • 2:30 - 5:00pm
Emerald Bay A, UCI Student Center

Free and open to the public

Where Does Your
Fleeting Smile Lie?
(Ou GÎt Votre
Sourire Enfoui?)

Où Gît Votre Sourire Enfoui?  (Where Does Your Fleeting Smile Lie?)

A documentary meditation on the aesthetics and ethics of the “cut,” starring politically dedicated and aesthetically inspired filmmakers Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub at work on their rustic drama Sicilia! (1999). Director Costa inscribes his own audio/visual poetics while inviting viewers to participate in the merging, divergence, and collision of creative minds during the process of film editing.

Directed by Pedro Costa & Thierry Lounas
Portugal/France, 2001 • 104 min • DVD
In French, Italian, and Sicilian dialect, with English subtitles


Screening and Q&A with
Director Costa

Thursday, November 12
Reception 6:30pm • Screening 7pm
Humanities Instructional Building (HIB) 100

General admission: $6 • Seniors: $5
UC Faculty/Staff: $4 • Students: $3

Le Streghe, Femmes
Entre Elles
(Witches, Women
Among Women)

Le Streghe, Femmes Entre Elles  (Witches, Women among Women)

Jean-Marie Straub again adapts Cesare Pavese’s Dialogues with Leuco in the same form as Le genou d’Artemide. Here, Circe recounts her love affair with Ulysses, speculates on what makes mortals laugh, and the sun breaks in and out above them. As usual, Straub mounted the production as a stage play in Italy, then filmed it with a coda that could only be done in film.

Filmmaker Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet, his wife and co-director, have become leading figures in New German cinema. Their films are not for passive viewers seeking light entertainment; films such as Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules (1965) are intellectually demanding, and yet are among the most haunting films of German cinema. They made their debut with the short Machorka-Muff in 1963. In 1968, their long-time friend Fassbinder appeared in The Bridegroom, the Comedienne and the Pimp. Straub and Huillet's most famous film is Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968).

Directed by Jean-Marie Straub • France/Italy, 2009 • 21 min
35mm • In Italian with English subtitles


Ossos (Bones)

Ossos (Bones)

Shot on location in the Lisbon district of Fontainha, and stylistically evoking the films of Yasujiro Ozu, Robert Bresson, and Vittorio de Sica, a stunningly beautiful, muted drama of young people grappling with the burdens and hopes of parenthood in destitute circumstances. An anti-telenovela that takes visual storytelling and non-professional screen performance to new heights. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion prize at the Venice International Film Festival in 1997.

Directed by Pedro Costa • Portugal/France/Germany, 1997
94 minutes • 35mm
In Portuguese and Creole with English subtitles


Curated in association with the American Film Institute.
Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Film and TV Office of the French Embassy, UCI Humanities Center, UCI Visual Studies Graduate Student Association, UCI Department of Spanish and Portuguese & the UCLA Graduate Student Association.

Los Angeles Film & TV Office of the French Embassy

UCHRI: University of California

UCI Humanities Center

Los Angeles Film & TV Office of the French Embassy


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