NO QUARTO DA VANDA

by Pedro Costa

35mm, 169', color, 2000

coproduction with Contracosta, Pandora, RTP, ZDF, TSI

original version: Portuguese

subtitles: Italian, French

Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2002: France Culture Award, Foreign Cineaste of the Year, Locarno International Film Festival 2000: Prix du jury des jeunes, Special Mention Official Jury, Mention Jury of Cinéclubs, Cinéma du Réel Paris: Prix de la Bibliothèque, Yamagata International Documentary Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Valencia Film Festival: Best Cinematography

Life has shown me nothing but contempt. Living in ghost houses other people left empty. I’ve lived in houses not even a witch would live in! But I’ve been in houses thet were worth it....All the houses I’ve lived in where illegal. They were houses abandoned by other people, but if there had been a decent person living in them... they wouldn’t have pulled them down. That’s how it was, house after house. I’ve paid more for things I didn’t do than for those I did do.