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ReFocus: The Films of Pedro CostaProducing and Consuming Contemporary Art Cinema$
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Nuno Barradas Jorge

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474444538

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444538.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
ReFocus: The Films of Pedro Costa

Nuno Barradas Jorge

Edinburgh University Press

The introductory chapter of this volume maps some of the main discussions around Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa, as well as providing context to his work. It also argues for the strategic competence that Pedro Costa refined over the years. The approach followed here is to organise the understanding of such competence as an evolving working process or, in other words, as a narrative of production. The term narrative of production offers a possible definition of the constantly negotiated artistic and labour practices carried on by Costa within a variety of contexts – authorial, industrial, economic, cultural and social – which often merge between professional and personal spheres.

Keywords:   Film Production, Contemporary Art Cinema, Portuguese cinema, Digital Video, European Art Film, Pedro Costa

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