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Vitalina Varela


MoMI is partnering with Grasshopper Film to bring Pedro Costa’s award-winning Vitalina Varela directly to Museum members and patrons for home viewing. To support the Museum, please use the link below to watch the film.

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Tickets: $12. Ticket purchase is good for a three-day pass to see Vitalina Varela online.

Vitalina Varela
Dir. Pedro Costa. 2019, 124 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles. With Vitalina Varela, Ventura.

A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival. View trailer.


“Spectacular images, ideas, emotions, and performances. Costa endows the tale with a pictorial majesty. Several glorious outdoor sequences… have the visionary rapture of scenes by John Ford.” –– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Breathtaking. Vitalina Varela is essential filmmaking from an essential filmmaker.” –– Andy Crump, Paste Magazine