Pedro Costa
Pedro Costa (2020).jpg
Born (1958-12-30) 30 December 1958 (age 63)
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon
Lisbon Theatre and Film School
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1984–present

Pedro Costa (born 30 December 1958)[1] is a Portuguese film director.


He collected the France Culture Award (Foreign Cineaste of the Year) at 2002 Cannes Film Festival for directing the film In Vanda's Room. Colossal Youth was selected for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival[2] and earned the Independent/Experimental prize (Los Angeles Film Critics Association) in 2008.

Style and influences

He is considered to be part of "The School of Reis" film family. António Reis, Portuguese director, was his teacher at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called Pedro Costa "the Samuel Beckett of cinema".[3] He is acclaimed for using his ascetic style to depict the marginalised people in desperate living situations. Many of his films are set in a district of Lisbon inhabited by socially disadvantaged and shot in a natural and low-key way in documentary format: some are docufictions.



Documentaries and shorts


See also


  1. ^ "Prémios Gulbenkian: Realizador Pedro Costa distinguido na categoria Arte". Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 11 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2015. Pedro Costa nasceu em Lisboa, 30 de Dezembro de 1958.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Colossal Youth". Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  3. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (17 September 2009). "Pedro Costa, the Samuel Beckett of cinema". The Guardian.

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