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Mysteries of Lisbon Mistérios de Lisboa

A film by Raúl Ruiz with Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Clotilde Hesme, Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud

«I was fourteen, and I didn’t know who I was at all...»

Mysteries of Lisbon plunges us into a veritable whirlwind of adventures and escapades, coincidences and revelations, sentiments and violent passions, vengeance, love affairs, all wrapped in a rhapsodic voyage that takes us from Portugal to France, Italy, and as far as Brazil. In this Lisbon of intrigue and hidden identities, we encounter a series of characters all somewhat linked to the destiny of Pedro da Silva, orphan in a boarding school. Father Dinis, a descendent of the aristocratic libertines, later becomes a hero who defends justice, a countess maddened by her jealousy and set on her vengeance, a prosperous businessman who had mysteriously made his fortune as a bloodthirsty pirate; these and many more all cross in a story set in the 19th century and all searching for the true identity of our main character. 

2010 | Portugal, France | M/12 | 266' | Drama, historical | Feature film and TV series

Festivals and awards

Louis Delluc Award - Best French Film of 2010

San Sebastian Film Festival - Silver Shell – Best Director
International Press Academy - Satellite Award for Best Foreign Film 2011
Satellite Awards - Best Art Direction and Production Design’ and ‘Costume Design’
Toronto Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign Language Film 2011
32nd London Critics -  Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film 2011
Panorama of European Cinema - Athens
Festival International de Toronto - Selection Officielle 2010
The New York Film Festival - Official Selection 2010
Festival International du Film de São Paulo - Prix de La Critique 2010
Festival International du Film de Viena - Official Selection 2010
London Film Festival - Official Selection 2010
Torino Film Festival - Official Selection 2010
Prémio Autores - Best Screenplay 2011
2011 Top 10 for Village Voice - The New York Times, Film Comment, Indiewire, Slant

Cast and crew

Adriano Luz - Father Dinis

Maria João Bastos - Ângela de Lima
Ricardo Pereira - Alberto de Magalhães
Clotilde Hesme - Elisa de Montfort
Afonso Pimentel - Pedro da Silva
João Luís Arrais - Pedro da Silva – Child
Albano Jerónimo - Count of Santa Bárbara
João Baptista - D. Pedro da Silva
Martin Loizillon - Sebastião de Melo
Julien Alluguette - Benoît de Montfort
Rui Morisson - Marquis of Montezelos
Joana de Verona - Eugénia
Carloto Cotta - D. Álvaro de Albuquerque
Maria João Pinho - Countess of Viso
José Manuel Mendes - Friar Baltasar da Encarnação


Special Appearences:
Léa Seydoux - Blanche de Montfort
Melvil Poupaud - Colonel Ernest Lacroze
Malik Zidi - Viscount of Armagnac
Margarida Vilanova - Marquise of Alfarela
Sofia Aparício - Countess of Penacova
Catarina Wallenstein - Countess of Arosa


Other Cast:
Américo Silva - Bailiff
Ana Chagas - Deolinda
André Gomes - Barão de Sá
António Simão - Novelist
Bernard Lanneau - Father Dinis (French voice)
Dinarte Branco - Dilettante
Duarte Guimarães - Registrar
Filipe Vargas - D. Paulo
Helena Coelho - Marquise of Santa Eulália
João Vilas Boas - Butler
José Airosa - Bernardo
Lena Friedrich - Maid
Marcello Urgeghe - Doctor
Marco D`Almeida - Count of Viso
Martinho da Silva - F.
Miguel Monteiro - Doctor
Nuno Távora - Dilettante
Paulo Pinto - D. Martinho de Almeida
Pedro Carmo - Gentleman
Vânia Rodrigues - D. Antónia


Crew

Director: Raul Ruiz

Producer: Paulo Branco
Screenplay by Carlos Saboga
Based on the Homonymous Novel by Camilo Castelo Branco
Cinematographer: André Szankowski (a.i.p)
Music: Jorge Arriagada and Luís Freitas Branco
Art Direction: Isabel Branco
Editing: Valéria Sarmiento and Carlos Madaleno
Production Manager: Ana Pinhão Moura
Ad: João Pinhão and José Maria Vaz da Silva
Sound: Ricardo Leal, Miguel Martins and António Lopes
Production Coordinators: Julita Santos and Anne Mattatia (France)
Casting Director: Patrícia Vasconcelos


Production: Clap Filmes
With the Participation of:
Alfama Films
ICA - MC
RTP
ARTE France
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Cofinova Développement



With The Support of:
Câmara Municipal de Oeiras
Câmara Municipal de Sintra
Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo
EGEAC
Grupo Nova Imagem
Turismo do Algarve
Santa Casa da Misericórdia
Genesis Panavision


International sales and festivals: Alfama Films

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