scribbles to novels



Casa de Lava is a 1994 film by Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa. 35 years old at the time, he traveled to the islands of Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean to shoot this second feature. During the course of the production preparation, he compiled what he saw, what he read, his many ideas and images into a scrapbook instead of a screenplay. Paintings, movie stills, letters, newspaper articles, scribbles, quotes from novels, postcards, lines of dialogue, snapshots that guided him throughout the shooting of the film and that he continued – and finished – after returning to Lisboa. Casa de Lava, his second feature, shot on the Island of Fogo in Cabo Verde, was shown in Cannes, Un Certain Regard, in 1994. His other feature films include Ossos, In Vanda’s Room and Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?, on the work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub.

( Edie Sedgwick, par là )