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Pedro Costa

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10 years after the 1st edition, we are very pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the acclaimed scrapbook.

During the course of the production preparation for his film 'Casa de Lava' (1994), portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa compiled what he saw, what he read, his many ideas and images into a scrapbook instead of a screenplay.
Paintings, movie stills, letters, newspaper articles, scribbles, quotes from novels, postcards, lines of dialogue, snapshots, that guided him throughout the shooting of the film and that he continued - and finished - after returning to Lisboa.
This green covered notebook became an autonomous object, a visual record of Costa's way of thinking. 

Casa de Lava - Caderno by Pedro Costa
Pierre von Kleist editions, 2023
Hardcover, 14.6 x 20.9 cm, 144 pages
Includes a booklet with an exclusive interview with Nuno Crespo and a text by Philippe Azoury (interview and text in portuguese, english and french).

1st edition press:
* Included in A-N Top Ten: The best books of 2013 by Tim Clark. Check here
* Reviewed in Bomb Magazine. Here
* Reviewed in Cuadernos de Cine (Spanish). Here
* 'Casa de Lava-Caderno: Warum Drehbucher?' (German). Here


Pedro Costa (Lisbon, 1958) After dropping out of History, Costa attended Antonio Reis' classes at the Escola Superior de Cinema (Lisbon). His first film O sangue had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 1989. Casa de lava premiered at Cannes in 1994 and received, among others, the Grand Prix at the Belfort Festival in 1995. Ossos received a Golden Osella at the Venice Film Festival in 1997. In Vanda’s Room won the France Culture Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Yamagata Film Festival, 2001. Horse Money won the Leopard for Best Director at the Locarno Festival in 2014. His latest feature Vitalina Varela received the Golden Leopard and the Leopard for Best Actress at Locarno in 2019.

Costa’s work has been regularly shown in museums and cinemas around the world. He has lectured at Bloomington, Berkeley, and Harvard Universities, at the CalArts School for the Arts and at the Film Factory, a school founded by Béla Tarr, in Sarajevo. He is an associate professor at Zokei University in Tokyo. He exhibits at the Serralves Museum (Porto), the Tate Modern in London, the Hara Museum in Tokyo, the Ilmin Museum in Seoul, and Foto España in Madrid. He has worked with filmmaker Chantal Akerman at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and at the Carpe Diem Gallery in Lisbon. With sculptor Rui Chafes, he was one of the guest artists at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. Still in collaboration with Rui Chafes and photographer Paulo Nozolino, he exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2022.