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Víctor Erice and Pedro Costa in conversation
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A side by side portrait of Victor Erice and Pedro costa, two older European men

Following the UK premiere of their new films at the BFI London Film Festival, Sight and Sound is proud to present a conversation between Víctor Erice and Pedro Costa. They discuss their new work and their distinct approaches to filmmaking.

Considered one of the great directors of Spanish cinema, Víctor Erice is best known for his 1973 debut The Spirit of the Beehive, his impressionistic distillation of childhood fear and wonder in post-civil war Spain, which featured in the top 100 of Sight and Sound’s 2022 Greatest Films of All Time poll. His latest film Close Your Eyes is his first feature for over 30 years, and was greeted with immediate acclaim at its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa has been heralded for his cinematic exploration of his hometown Lisbon’s Fontainhas neighbourhood, for his early adoption of digital cinematography and for reinventing the relationship between filmmaker and subject. His In Vanda’s Room (2000) can be found in the top 250 of the Sight and Sound 2022 poll, and his latest short The Daughters of Fire screens alongside Erice’s Close Your Eyes at this year’s LFF.

Erice and Costa have a history of collaboration, having both directed parts of the anthology film Centro Histórico in 2012.
 Duration: 75 min.

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