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Pedro Costa, Harun Farocki, Eugène Green
South Korea  2007 / 102’
The State of the World Ne change rien

A film made as part of the Jeonju Digital Project. Harun Farocki's Respite is a found-footage collage by Rudolf Breslauer from a concentration camp in the Netherlands, while Eugène Green (Correspondences) shows an exchange of correspondence between lovers. Pedro Costa (The Rabbit Hunters) develops the thread found in Tarrafal (State of the World) involving Ventura and Alfredo wandering around a neighborhood on the outskirts of the city where the Cape Verdean community moved after the destruction of Fontainhas. They are like two ghosts, continuously unable to find their own place. Abandoned by their loved ones, homeless by force or choice, they sleep outdoors and rely on getting a bowl of soup at the school cafeteria. Former bricklayers, for whom someone else built new homes, depriving them of the only opportunity they had to work with their hands. Let's make this film somewhere else, suggested his actors, imprisoned in the midst of unfamiliar white walls. It turned out that it was enough to move to the other side of the highway dividing the district to find a suitable film set consisting of several trees and stones. I understood then, Costa said, that because they had lost their living space they had to reinvent it in the film.

Agnieszka Szeffel


Locarno IFF 2007 - Special Jury Prize

Pedro Costa

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

Cast & Crew

director Pedro Costa, Harun Farocki, Eugène Green
screenplay Pedro Costa, Harun Farocki, Eugène Green
editing Harun Farocki, Cláudia Rita Oliveira, Fabrice Rouaud, Patricia Saramago
cast Isabel Cardoso, António Semedo Moreno, André Semedo, Clément Cogitore, Delphine Hecquet, Alfredo Mendes, Ventura, José Alberto Silva
producer Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Harun Farocki
production MACT Productions
sales Jeonju Digital Project
language Creole, French
colouration colour & b&w