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Casa de Lava

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Casa de Lava

  • Germany
  • France
  • Portugal
  • 1995
  • 110 minutes
  • Arthouse

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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.