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Vitalina Varela (2019)


” is a 2019 Portuguese drama film directed by . The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and received critical acclaim.

The movie follows , a Cape Verdean woman who arrives in Lisbon three days after her husband's death. Her husband had left Cape Verde 25 years ago to work in Portugal, promising to send for her, but she never heard from him again until she received news of his death. Vitalina struggles to come to terms with her grief and reconcile with her husband's past as she navigates through the unfamiliar territory of Lisbon's slums.

The film has been praised for its stunning black-and-white cinematography and atmospheric use of light and shadows. Actress , who plays the titular character, delivers a powerful and nuanced performance that conveys a sense of profound loss and longing.

” has won several awards, including the Golden Leopard for Best Film and the Best Actress award for Varela at the Locarno Film Festival. The movie has also received critical acclaim and has been included in several top 10 lists of the best films of 2019.

Directed by
Produced by Abel Ribeiro Chaves
Written by
Starring ,
Cinematography Leonardo Simões
Edited by Vítor Carvalho
João Dias
Release date 14 August 2019 (LFF)
Running time 124 minutes
Country Portugal
Languages Cape Verdean Creole
Budget €600,000
Box office $55,183

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