Costa Primer

My dearest Hot Splice readers, in early December we present a Pedro Costa retrospective. I imagine many of you are asking yourselves “who is Pedro Costa and why should I care?” Realizing this, I did a little digging around and came up with some very useful links and essays on this great director and his work.

– The most detailed Costa overview I’ve seen so far is by The Cinematheque Ontario’s James Quandt in the Sept 2006 issue of Artforum. Unfortunately, it’s not online but a reduced and revised version serves as the introductory essay for the retrospective when it screened in Toronto.

– At Rouge: A lengthy, thoughtful, amazing lecture that Costa gave to film students in Japan called “A Closed Door That Leaves Us Guessing”; and an essay on him by the Japanese film critic Shigehiko Hasumi.

A collection of Costa posts at Andy Rector’s blog, Kinoslang.

Tag Gallagher’s “Straub Anti-Straub” in a recent issue of Senses of Cinema.

– A collection of writings, many of them on blogs, in no particular order: Mark Peranson‘s (who will be here to introduce the opening night screening) Cannes ’06 report in Cinema Scope; Dave McDougall at Chained to the Cinémathèque; Darren Hughes at Long Pauses; Acquarello at Strictly Film School; Michael Sicinski‘s TIFF ’06 report at Greencine; Doug Cummings at Film Journey; Daniel Kasman at d+kaz; Jason Anderson in Toronto’s Eye Weekly; Dave Kehr on Casa De Lava; Tom Charity‘s Vancouver ’06 report at Greencine; Ruy Gardnier at A_Film_By, and an excellent overview by Dennis Lim in the New York Times.

– In addition to these online pieces, let me strongly recommend: Mark Peranson’s interview with Costa in the summer ’06 issue of Cinema Scope (issue #27); and Thom Andersen’s essay in the Mar/Apr ’07 issue Film Comment.

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