Ventura came to Lisbon from Cape Verde in the early 1970s. A strong bricklayer, he was a tall, gallant man admired by women. Sometime later, however, there was an accident: Ventura fell from a scaffold, suffering a head injury. From then on, his delicate hands would constantly shake, and the man he was before was no more. He couldn't work, at least not in construction, so he would wander around the district-no one was in need of a drifter on benefits. Ventura didn't return, he didn't die, he simply remained. I thought this guy was the perfect character to tell us about Fontainhas, says Costa. Because of his two sides: his pioneering side, when, as a young immigrant, he came to Portugal with only a few coins in his pocket, a knife and energy, and also his tragic side. Because it's tragedy that has always been a part of his story as an immigrant, a very dark story filled with suffering and loneliness, as well as the demons in his head. When the old district is demolished, the residents move to communal apartments on the outskirts of the city. Costa talks about the moment of being uprooted from Ventura's perspective and that of the people around him, who he calls his children, like a madman speaking "in many voices."
Cineport - Portuguese FF 2007 - Best Screenplay
Born in Lisbon (1959), he left his course of studies in History to attend classes taught by the poet and filmmaker António Reis at the Lisbon Film School. His first film Blood (O Sangue) had its world premiere at the Mostra Cinematografica di Venezia in 1989. Casa de Lava, his second feature, shot in Cabo Verde, was shown in Cannes, in 1994. Some of his other feature films include Bones (Ossos), In Vanda's Room (No Quarto da Vanda) and Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (Où gît votre sourire enfoui?) on the work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. He directed Sweet Exorcist, a segment of the omnibus feature Centro Histórico, with Manoel de Oliveira, Aki Kaurismäki and Víctor Erice. His work has been presented in galeries and museums around the world. Horse Money (Cavalo Dinheiro) was awarded the Leopard for best direction at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2014.
1987 Cartas a Julia (short)
1990 Krew / O Sangue / Blood
1994 Dom z lawy / Casa de Lava / Down to Earth
1997 Kości / Ossos / Bones
2000 W pokoju Wandy / No Quarto da Vanda / In Vanda's Room
2001 Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, cinéastes (odcinek Cinéastes, de notre temps, TV serie)
2002 Gdzie spoczywa twój uśmiech? / Onde Jaz o Teu Sorriso? / Où gît votre sourire enfoui? / Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?
2003 6 bagatelas (short)
2006 Pochód młodości / Juventude Em Marcha / Colossal Youth
2007 Tarrafal (short in O Estado do Mundo / The State of the World)
2007 Łowcy królików / The Rabbit Hunters (short in Memories, Jeonju Digital Project)
2009 Ne change rien
2010 O Nosso Homem / Our Man (short)
2012 Słodki egzorcysta / Sweet Exorcist / Lamento da Vida Jovem (short in Centro Histórico)
2014 Koń Forsa / Cavalo Dinheiro / Horse Money
2018 Vitalina Varela