Colossal Youth Colossal Youth
  • Portugal
  • 2006
  • 156 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.33:1
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  • Spine #511

Many of the lost souls of Ossos and In Vanda’s Room return in the spectral landscape of Colossal Youth, which brings to Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas films a new theatrical, tragic grandeur. This time, Costa focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in a low-cost housing complex in Lisbon, who has been abandoned by his wife and spends his days visiting his neighbors, whom he considers his “children.” What results is a form of ghost story, a tale of derelict, dispossessed people living in the past and present at the same time, filmed by Costa with empathy and startling radiance.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED DVD SPECIAL EDITION:

  • Film remastered from the digital camera original, under the supervision of director Pedro Costa
  • New video conversation between Costa and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas Trilogy: Rooms for the Living and the Dead

By Cyril Neyrat March 30, 2010

The work of Pedro Costa has progressed in slow, measured steps, but each step has been a giant leap. His slowness is both the condition and the consequence of ethical standards he shares with . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this edition features choices from twenty-four “contributors, DVD distributors, and curators.” We’re . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Letters from Fontainhas

April 09, 2010

Criterion’s release last week of the four-DVD box set Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa—featuring Ossos, In Vanda’s Room, and Colossal Youth, acclaimed Portuguese dramas about . . . Read more »


Clippings

Conversations with Costa

April 05, 2010

Criterion’s release in a DVD box set of the trilogy Letters from Fontainhas is making director Pedro Costa’s name familiar to a wider audience than ever before. These days, you can learn a lot . . . Read more »


Video


Film Essays

Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas Trilogy: Rooms for the Living and the Dead

By Cyril Neyrat March 30, 2010

The work of Pedro Costa has progressed in slow, measured steps, but each step has been a giant leap. His slowness is both the condition and the consequence of ethical standards he shares with . . . Read more »


News

A Decade in Review

February 04, 2010

For the past couple of months, critics and movie lovers have been madly assessing the first decade of film of the twenty-first century, offering lists of its best movies—and we’re happy to . . . Read more »