Blood Boxshot
Portugal, 1989
Length / Main Feature: 95 minutes
Length / Special Feature: 16 minutes
Sound: Original stereo (restored)
Black & White
OAR: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
PAL DVD9  Region 2, 4
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 21st September 2009
Second Run DVD 043
Few filmmakers can boast a body of work as audacious, beautiful or challenging as that of Pedro Costa, and Blood is one of the most extraordinary debuts of the past twenty years.

Filmed in startling monochrome and demonstrating a love and knowledge of classical Hollywood and European art cinema, Blood is a lushly stylized romantic fable. It explores the plight of two brothers coming to terms with the death of their father and the legacy of violence and debt he has left behind. Languid and unsettling, beautiful and intimate, with echoes of Tourneur, Bresson, Ray and Straub-Huillet, Blood is both elusive and utterly mesmerising.

more about the film

Blood Stills
Special Features
• Presented in a new High-Definition transfer approved by the director.
• A filmed appreciation with Professor João Bénard da Costa, author and Director of the Portuguese Cinematheque.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring essays by author and critic Adrian Martin and journalist Frédéric Bonnaud.
• Photo gallery.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.

Available for the first time on DVD in the UK.


Pedro Hestnes - Vicente
Nuno Ferreira - Nino
Inês de Medeiros - Clara
Luís Miguel Cintra - Uncle
Canto e Castro - Father
Sara Breia - Rosa


Written and Directed by Pedro Costa

Director of Photography: Martin Schäfer
Sound: Pedro Caldas, Gerard Rousseau
Editing: Manuela Viegas
Music: The The, Igor Stravinsky
Production Director: Victor Gonçalves
Produced by Trópico Filmes

“A prodigious debut film bursting with visual and narrative ideas, homages and a desperate romanticism” James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario

“Costa’s films can inspire an obsessive devotion” Thom Andersen, California Institute of the Arts

“Costa’s remarkable, dreamlike debut ...the aesthetic is reminiscent of an inkily black-and-white Badlands” Hannah Lack, Dazed & Confused

“Undoubtedly one of the most remarkable film debuts of the last 20 years” Michelle Carey, Senses of Cinema

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