CAPE VERDE WEEKENDER, WORLD CINEMA SEASON 2021
THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a season of WORLD CINEMA! Travel the world with The Thamesmead Travelling Cinema. We launch our THIRD programme of the Autumn 2021 season with a screening event co-programmed with local artist and friend of the Cape Verdean community, GARY DROSTLE.
Cape Verde Weekender trailer
Explore the CAPE VERDE diaspora
SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2021
FILMMAKER IN FOCUS – PEDRO COSTA
O NOSSO HOMEM, (2011), 24 MINS
VITALINA VARELA, (2019), 124 mins
WINNER GOLDEN LEOPARD
WINNER BEST ACTRESS VITALINA VARELA
LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A Cape Verdean woman navigates her way through Lisbon, following the scanty physical traces her deceased husband left behind and discovering his secret, illicit life.
HOMECOOKED CAPE VERDEAN CUISINE + LIVE MUSIC
5:30PM BAR OPENS / 7:30PM FILM STARTS / 7:15PM LAST ENTRY
CELEBRATING LOCAL CULTURE & LOCAL PEOPLE – LOCALLY!
Throughout his career, Portuguese filmmaker PEDRO COSTA has moved almost exclusively along a single trajectory, creating a hermetically sealed universe inspired by the marginalised residents of Fontainhas, a now-demolished shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon. As the neighbourhood disappeared, Costa retreated into the memories of his protagonists, increasingly focusing on immigrants from the Cape Verde islands. In telling their stories, Costa blends fact and fiction in a complex interplay of imagination, history, politics and cinema. Though intensely visual, Costa’s films draw on oral storytelling, presenting wordy narratives which at once celebrate and problematise language, examining the (im)possibility of adequately describing the lived experience. Taken from ‘Where to begin with Pedro Costa’, BFI Features
GARY DROSTLE (born 1961) is a British artist specialising in public art, sculpture and mosaic as well as mural painting and drawing. He was also President of the British Association for Modern Mosaic, a lecturer at The Chicago Mosaic School and is on the editorial board of Andamento the Journal of Contemporary Mosaics. Born in Woolwich, London, United Kingdom, the son of Docker and Trade Union activist Frederick Drostle. He studied art at the St Martin’s School of Art (1979) and Hornsey College of Art (1980–1983) (now Middlesex University) where he undertook a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art). His graduate work was selected for the Christie’s ‘Pick of the New Graduate Art’ exhibition in 1984.
Supported by Film FAN London & Bow Arts Trust