Event | Discussion

Online Event | Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. The Specters of History in the films of Pedro Costa

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 2:00-4:00 pm EST
This event was ONLINE and in ENGLISH.
Captioning is be provided.

A conversation with Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa and film scholar Glòria Salvadó-Corretger (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Organized and Introduced by Sara Nadal-Melsió (NYU)

Moderated by Francisco Quinteiro Pires (NYU)

Pedro Costa is one of Portugal’s most important film directors. As a student, he abandoned his degree in history in order to attend the classes of the poet and filmmaker António Reis at the Lisbon Film School. His first film Blood had its world premiere at the Mostra Cinematografica di Venezia in 1989. Casa de Lava, his second feature, shot in Cabo Verde, was screened in Cannes in the selection Un Certain Regard in 1994. His following film, Bones was awarded an Osella d’Oro in Venice in 1997. His other feature films include In Vanda’s Room and the documentaries Where does your hidden smile lie on the work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub and Ne change rien with Jeanne Balibar. Horse Money was awarded the Leopard for Best Direction at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014. Vitalina Varela won the Golden Leopard and the Best Actress Prize at the same festival in 2019. His work is regularly presented in Cinematheques and Museums around the world.

Glòria Salvadó-Corretger is Associate Professor of Audiovisual Communication Studies at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (Spain). Her published work includes contributions to academic journals and collaborative books on subjects such as Portuguese contemporary cinema, European and Spanish cinema, TV fiction, new forms of serial fiction and the work of Joaquín Jordà. She is the author of the book Espectres del cinema portugués contemporani (2012) and coeditor of Poéticas del gesto en el cine europeo contemporáneo (2013).

Sara Nadal-Melsió is a NYC-based Catalan writer, curator, and teacher. She teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at NYU. Previously, she has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and SOMA in Mexico City. Her essays have appeared in academic journals, various edited volumes, and museum catalogs. She is the co-author of Alrededor de/ Around and the editor of two special issues on cinema, The Invisible Tradition: Avant-Garde Ca­talan Cinema under Late Francoism and The Militant Image: Temporal Disturbances of the Political Imagination. She has also co-­curated a show on Allora & Calzadilla for the Fundació Tápies in Barcelona and has written a book essay about it, as well as edited a companion volume on the Puerto Rican crisis.

Francisco Quinteiro Pires is a journalist and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. His research focuses on the racialized and gendered representations of subjectivities in contemporary visual and literary cultures produced in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. His articles have appeared in Luso-Brazilian Review and Brasiliana: Journal of Brazilian Studies.

Sponsored by el taller @ KJCC, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.