Vitalina Varela, a 55-year-old woman from Cape Verde, arrives in Lisbon three days after her husbands funeral. Shes been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years. Vitalina Varela is too late; all she can do now is settle her husbands affairs. She will mourn no unfortunates: facing bitter and fallen men, she resolves to rebuild the memory of a solid shared house in Cape Verde, blueprint by blueprint and wall by wall, fighting the sad reality of a life that could not be built under a decent roof in Portugal.
Awards - Chicago International FF (Silver Hugo Awards), Locarno IFF (Best Actress, and Golden Leopard for Best Film, and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention), Gijon IFF (Grand Prix Asturias, and Best Cinematography), Mar del Plata FF (ADF Cinematography Award, Best Director, and Best Actor)
Nominations - Chicago International FF (Gold Hugo), Hamburg FF (Sichtwechsel Film Award), Mar del Plata FF, Montreal Festival of New Cinema (Prix de l'experimentation)