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Ruth Ruth

A film by António Pinhão Botelho with Igor Regalla, Fernando Luís, Álvaro Correia, Miguel Borges, Dinis Gomes

RUTH is a film about the society of metropolitan Portugal and its African colonies at the beginning of the 1960’s. This is the story of a young Mozambican footballer called Eusébio, a gifted athlete destined to great achievements, coveted by rival clubs, Sporting and Benfica, which ends up hiring him. Blackmail, kidnapping attempts, ministers involved, press hysteria and huge money offers make the story of this football transfer into a saga evolving between the two continents. It ends up when the legend begins: with Eusébio’s first match at the Benfica Stadium.

2018 | Portugal, Mozambique | M/12 | 105 min. | Biography, Comedy, Drama | Feature film

Festivals and awards

ArteKino Festival 2019 - Official Selection (France)

Cantos na Maré Film Festival (Spain)


Portuguese Cinema Days in Berlin 2019 (Germany)

Cast and crew

Igor Regalla
Álvaro Correia
António Nipita
António Simão
Dinis Gomes
Fernando Luís
José Raposo
Josefina Massango
Luís Lucas
Marcello Urgeghe
Miguel Borges


Director António Pinhão Botelho
Screenplay Leonor Pinhão
DoP Lisa Persson
Sound Ricardo Leal, Tiago Raposinho, Pedro Góis
Art director Paula Szabo
Costumes Lucha d’Orey
Editor Paulo Mil Homens
Original music Paulo Furtado AKA The Legendary Tigerman  

Executive production Ana Pinhão Moura, Aurélio Le Bon  

Produced by Leopardo Filmes  
In co-production with
APM Actions Per Minute Produções  
Mapiko Filmes  

With the support of Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual
Instituto Nacional Audiovisual e Cinema
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Lisboa Film Commission
Conselho Municipal de Maputo
Camões - Centro Cultural Português em Maputo
Hotel Pestana Rovuma
Cofina Media S.A.

and the financial support of Rádio e Televisão de Portugal


International sales and festivals: Alfama Films

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