Architecture On Film
30 March 2009, 7pm, The Barbican
The third instalment of celebrated experimental director Pedro Costa’s filmic collaboration with the inhabitants of Lisbon’s Fontainhas slum, Colossal Youth, frames its characters' lives within a unique hybrid of documentary observation and fictional re-enactment. As their neighbourhood is razed around them, and the community transferred to a new government-planned settlement, the film posits a conflict between grand social architectural gestures and informal developments. A challenging film, whose grace and existential grandeur offer a rewarding meditation on place and people; an immersive experience from one of cinema’s most singular voices.
France/Portugal/Switzerland 2006 Dir. Pedro Costa 155 minutes