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House of Lava,
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The brooding intensity of the volcanic landscape on the Cape Verde Islands is the setting for this beautifully crafted film.
I previously knew nothing about director Pedro Costa`s films but being a great fan of World Cinema & the Second Run series of films I am always keen to discover. The unfamiliar geographical location was an obvious starting point of interest, the Portuguese and Creole languages another. The film may pay homage to Jacques Tourrnuer`s I Walked with a Zombie, but do not be distracted it certainly is not a zombie or horror film.
The author of an essay accompanying the film gives us an insight "the cinema of Pedro Costa is populated not so much by characters in the literary sense as by raw, human essences, souls".
We the viewer, along with visiting Lisbon nurse Mariana, become bewitched by the mysterious landscape and community. It is a marvelous film that will linger in your mind, another great original quality release from Second Run. The booklet is a very informative essay on the film and director..