by Pedro Costa
Year: 2009
Duration: 99'

In the half-light of a recording studio Jeanne Balibar starts to sing
Torture, by Kris Jensen. She then works on composing songs for
a new album with the guitarist Rodolphe Burger. This is the beginning
of a voyage that takes the French actress and singer from a rooftop
apartment in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines to the stage of a Tokyo café,
amidst rock concerts and singing lessons.

“Music is the only art I practice which is not based on the staging of
an antagonism, as opposed to theatre or cinema, which can never exist
without a struggle to death between the characters. In music, one
can find unison, harmony, syncope even. There, I can find a kind of
freedom, which, even if it is also a battle, never comes to a clash. And
there, I seek abandon. Playing music always holds a wonderful promise
of freedom and selflessness to me. Like a child who, supported by love,
a caring eye, and attention (as in rhythm, melody and harmony),
leaves his mother’s arms and starts walking alone throughout the
whole wide world, free in body and soul.” (Jeanne Balibar)


film director

Pedro Costa

Pedro Costa (Lisbon, Portugal, 1959) abandoned his history studies to follow an editing course held by António Reis at the film school of the Conservatório Nacional. In 1989 he made his first feature film, O Sangue, screened at International Film Critics Week at Venice, followed by Casa de Lava. His film Ossos won the Osella d’oro at the Venice Film Festival in 1997 and in 2000 No Quarto da Vanda received the Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2001 he made the documentary Où gît votre sourire enfoui? and in the following years his films Juventude em Marcha and Ne change rien participated at Cannes and were also presented at the Torino Film Festival. Vitalina Varela received the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.


Cartas a Júlia (cm, 1987), É Tudo Invenção Nossa (cm, 1984), O Sangue (1989), Casa de Lava (1994), Ossos (1997), No Quarto da Vanda (2000), Danièle Huillet et Jean-Marie Straub cinéastes (doc., tv, 2001), Où gît votre sourire enfoui? (doc., 2001), 6 bagatelas (cm, 2003), Juventude em Marcha (2006), O Estado do Mundo (ep. Tarrafal, cm, 2007), Digital Sam In Sam Saek 2007: Memories (ep. The Rabbit Hunters, cm, 2007), Ne change rien (doc., 2009), Our Man (cm, 2010), Centro Historico (ep. Sweet Exorcist, cm. 2012), Cavalo Dinheiro (2014), Vitalina Varela (2019).


& Credits

regia, fotografia,
cinematography, producer
Pedro Costa
montaggio/film editing
Patricia Saramago
Rodolphe Burger,
Pierre Alferi,
Jeanne Balibar,
Jacques Offenbach
Philippe Morel,
Olivier Blanc,
Vasco Pedroso,
Miguel Cabral,
Jean-Pierre Laforce
Jeanne Balibar,
Rodolphe Burger
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Sociedade Optica Tecnica
vendita all’estero/
world sales
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