Vitalina Varela [Online]

Screen this title from
March 27 - April 10
via Grasshopper's website

$12 General Admission
Tickets sold through Grasshopper Film
One ticket good for a three-day pass to watch Vitalina Varela. Your purchase supports Northwest Film Forum!

Pedro Costa
2h 4m


** Your ticket supports Northwest Film Forum as one of the few art house cinemas across the country presenting this film as a limited engagement online screening! **

Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, and an official selection of the Sundance, New York and Toronto Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is the masterful new film from Pedro Costa, the acclaimed director of Horse Money, Colossal Youth, In Vanda’s Room and Casa de Lava. Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon three days after her husband’s funeral. She’s been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.

Description and images courtesy of Grasshopper Film.

Praise for Vitalina Varela:

A ravishing, masterful vision. The mystery and wonder of Pedro Costa’s filmmaking defies any specific category… Gorgeous. Transcendent.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

The best movie of the year.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sight and Sound

Spellbinding. Dazzling. Conjures chiaroscuro wonder after chiaroscuro wonder.” – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter


Sitting at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States has been a fast-moving, surreal experience, where every plan Northwest Film Forum has made as a public space has mutated several times within a matter of hours. As Seattleites collectively settle into the reality that our next few months of gathering will take place on a digital plane, we at NWFF are endeavoring to do the best we can to continue building community! Throughout this difficult process, we cannot lose our sense of human connection and accountability towards one another.

Vitalina Varela was a film that many of our staff were eager to watch on the big screen, and we’re very grateful to the adaptable folks at Grasshopper Film for providing a platform where all of us can enjoy this masterful work. NWFF plans to maintain active dialogue with you, using many tools as we can — whether that means adopting platforms like Grasshopper’s, using our own Vimeo Live stream and its built-in audience discussions, or hosting post-screening Q&As and workshops via Zoom — so that we can navigate this unpredictable new world together. ❤️

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