This is the first English-language study of internationally acclaimed Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa, examining the cultural, production and exhibition contexts of his feature films, shorts and video installations. Author Nuno Barradas Jorge situates Costa’s filmmaking within the contexts of Portuguese, European and global art film, looking into his working practices alongside the impact of digital video, forms of collaborative authorship, and the intricate dialogue between modes of production and aesthetics.
Considering the exhibition, circulation and reception of Costa’s creative output in settings such as film festivals, the art gallery circuit and the home video market, ReFocus: The Films of Pedro Costa provides an essential critical analysis of this major filmmaker – as well as of the multifaceted production and consumption practices that surround contemporary art cinema.
Even if you’ve seen only one Pedro Costa film, you know what they are all like: their special rhythm, sound, look and feeling. Nuno Barradas Jorge’s important study takes us further, into a detailed account of the films’ production, exhibition and reception. Costa’s art cinema is formed in these layers.-- Prof. Adrian Martin, Monash University