On this week’s episode of our podcast, you’ll hear a conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa, whose new film Horse Money is now playing here at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Subscribe to The Close-Up on iTunes so you never miss an episode, and, if you like what you hear, leave us a review!
Horse Money had its U.S. premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival last fall, and we were thrilled to welcome Pedro Costa back to the Film Society on the occasion of the film’s theatrical release. In the week leading up to its opening, we celebrated Costa’s career with a comprehensive retrospective entitled Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: The Films of Pedro Costa. In addition to his own films, we also invited Costa to curate a selection of films that inspired him. Among his choices were Howard Hawks’s 1955 big-budget epic The Land of the Pharaohs and Jacques Tourneur’s rarely screened 1958 Red Scare thriller The Fearmakers.
Pedro Costa’s astonishing new film is a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, and a great and piercingly beautiful work of cinema. During the NYFF last fall, the filmmaker joined our Director of Programming Dennis Lim onstage for one of our HBO Directors Dialogues. In addition to discussing Horse Money, they also touched on topics like what he learned from Japanese master director Yasujiro Ozu, his distinctive approach to working with actors, and his opinion of last year’s sci-fi blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.