Pedro Costa became a household name of European auteur cinema with his raw and slow films portraying Fontainhas, an illegal shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon. It is where the rejects of modern society – junkies, prostitutes and immigrants from former Portuguese colonies – live in utter poverty and deprivation. The appearance of digital technology enabled Costa to start filming unlimited amounts of material, and this kind of work made him one of the most visible representatives of the co-called slow cinema. But Costa went even further and applied the full use of time also to the slow process of filmmaking itself.
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