International Competition
  • Encounters
  • FENGMING A Chinese Memoir
  • I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave
  • Lick Salt—A Grandson’s Tale
  • M
  • The Monastery
  • Mr. Pilipenko and His Submarine
  • Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers
  • Potosi, the Journey
  • Protagonist
  • Revolution
  • Since You Left
  • Tarachime birth/mother
  • 12 Tangos: Adios Buenos Aires
  • Wild, Wild Beach

  • Jurors
  • Pedro Costa
  • Hasumi Shigehiko
  • Alanis Obomsawin
  • Kidlat Tahimik
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Juror
    Pedro Costa

    [Juror’s Statement]

    If one could line up an absolute dream team of film festivals, Yamagata would be right up there along with Pesaro, Hyères, Figueira da Foz, or Taormina. Sadly, all these marvelous, legendary places where films were respected and loved no longer exist . . . But Yamagata still stands proudly—Mr. Yano is there!

    - Born in Lisbon in 1959, Costa majored in history and literature at the University of Lisbon. He studied at the National Film School and worked as an assistant director with Joan Botelho and Jorge Silva Melo. In 1984, he directed the short film Cartas a Júlia and made his first full-length film, O Sangue, in 1989. Since then, Costa has received international attention as a leading Portuguese director for Casa de Lava (1994) and Ossos (1997). In Vanda’s Room (2000) won the Mayor’s Prize at YIDFF 2001. After Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub cineastas: Où gît votre sourire enfoui? (2001), he made Colossal Youth, which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and has been screened at many other international festivals.

    Colossal Youth

    Juventude em Marcha

    - PORTUGAL, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND / 2006 / Portuguese / Color / 35mm / 155 min

    Director: Pedro Costa
    Photography: Pedro Costa, Leonardo Simões
    Editing: Pedro Marques
    Sound: Olivier Blanc
    Sound Editing: Nuno Carvalho
    Mixing: Jean-Pierre Laforce
    Cast: Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta, Cila Cardoso, Isabel Cardoso, Alberto Barros “Lento,” Antonio Semedo “Nhurro,” Paulo Nunes
    Production Director: Joaquim Carvalho
    Producer: Francisco Villa-Lobos
    Associate Producers: Philippe Avril, Andres Pfaeffli, Elda Guidinetti
    Production Companies: Contracosta Producões, LDA, Les films de l’etranger, Unlimited, Ventura Film SA, ARTE France, RTP, RTSI

    Ventura, a man from Cape Verde living in the outskirts of Lisbon, is suddenly deserted by his wife Clotilde and goes back and forth in a daze between the Fontainhas slums where he resided for thirty-four years and his new abode, where he moved after his slum neighborhood was demolished. Director Pedro Costa, who earlier portrayed the people of the Fontainhas district with Ossos and In Vanda’s Room, has Vanda appear once again as he depicts the wanderings of these spirits.