Starring Ines de Medeiros, Isaach De Bankole, Edith Scob
Directed by Pedro Costa
Few filmmakers can boast a body of work as outstanding, as beautiful or as challenging as that of Pedro Costa. This, his second feature, is an intriguing and voluptuous rethink of Jacques Tourneur's I Walked with a Zombie.
Leão falls into a coma after an accident working on a construction site in Portugal. Arrangements are made for a young nurse, Mariana, to accompany him back to his home on the brooding Cape Verde islands. Strangely, no one recognises him there and as she waits for someone to take responsibility for Leão or for him to regain consciousness, Mariana gradually becomes bewitched by the mysterious community and landscape of this unnerving volcanic isle.
A remarkable, award-winning work of luminous beauty and power, Casa de Lava confirms the reputation of one of contemporary cinema's foremost filmmakers.
• Presented in a new HD restoration, supervised by the director especially for this DVD release.
• Pedro Costa on Casa de Lava – a new and exclusive video piece filmed at the
Tate Modern, London.
• The other Casa de Lava – pages from Pedro Costa's fascinating scrapbook of texts and
images gathered whilst working on the film, set to original music.
• Interview with cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel.
• New booklet essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
DVD Cat No: SRDVD 053
Duration: 105 minutes
Language: Portuguese, Kabuverdianu
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Video: PAL / DVD9