Even though it made Sight & Sound’s 20 Best Films Of 2014, Pedro Costa‘s “Horse Money” didn’t have quite the same cachet as films like “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Under The Skin,” or “Birdman.” But then again, his film stands alone. And after making the rounds on the festival circuit last year, the picture is finally landing in U.S. cinemas.
The mediative film follows a Cape Verdean immigrant, but it’s not a movie that’s narrative based in any traditional way, and instead takes viewers on a unique journey. Here’s the official synopsis: A visionary masterwork from the renowned director of COLOSSAL YOUTH, Pedro Costa’s HORSE MONEY is a mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon. The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces… and suddenly it is also then, the mid ’70s and the time of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim. HORSE MONEY is a self-reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, as well as a piercingly beautiful work of modern cinema.
The movie blew away Nikola Grozdanovic at New York Film Festival last year writing in his review that he found it “tremendously evocative and inherently enchanting.” “Horse Money” opens in New York City on July 24th.