Accepting Costa’s challenge

This week’s DC column focuses on the newish Criterion box-set  “Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films By Pedro Costa,” which I’ve addressed several times on here these past two weeks. As you might be able to infer from the article, I regard Costa as one of the great film artists—if not the greatest film artist—of the present era. (His work lends itself especially well to the making of grand pronouncements.) Granted, this isn’t exactly an original position to take; but, in my estimation, it’s a necessary one. Anyway, it’s always a pleasure to be able to write at some length about art that really excites you through its termite-seeming singularity and inexhaustible force, even if it clearly ain’t for everyone.

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