Colossal Youth (2006)

Director
Pedro Costa

Main cast
Ventura; Vanda Duarte; Beatriz Duarte; Gustavo Sumpta; Cila Cardoso

Genres
Drama, Foreign

Description
After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.


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