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The Black Book Le Cahier Noir

A film by Valeria Sarmiento with Lou de Laâge, Stanislas Merhar, Niels Schneider, Jenna Thiam

The story of the adventures, in the twilight of the eighteenth century, of a singular couple formed by a little orphan with mysterious origins and his young Italian nurse of a similarly uncertain birth. They lead us in their wake, from Rome to Paris, from Lisbon to London, from Parma to Venice. Always followed in the shadows, for obscure reasons, by a suspicious-looking Calabrian and a troubling cardinal, they make us explore the dark intrigues of the Vatican, the pangs of a fatal passion, a gruesome duel, banter at the court of Versailles and the convulsions of the French Revolution.

2018 | M/12

Festivals and awards

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018

Official Selection - In Competition


TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Official Competition


7º Waterloo Historical Film Festival (Belgium)


Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo (Mexico)

Cast and crew

Lou de Laâge
Stanislas Merhar
Niels Schneider
Jenna Thiam
Fleur Fitoussi    
David Caracol
Vasco Varela da Silva
Tiago Varela da Silva


With special participation of

Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet


And a friendly participation of

Victoria Guerra, Joana Ribeiro and Catarina Wallenstein


A film by Valeria Sarmiento

Screenplay - Carlos Saboga
Freely based on the novel “Livro Negro de Padre Dinis” by Camilo Castelo Branco
Original music - Jorge Arriagada
Cinematography - Acácio de Almeida
Sound - Carlos Mota, Miguel Martins
Film Editing - Luca Alverdi
Art Direction - Isabel Branco
Assistant Directors - Paulo Mil Homens, António Pinhão Botelho
Executive Production - Ana Pinhão Moura
Co-Producer - Carlos Bedran

Produced by - Paulo Branco


A Leopardo Filmes and Alfama Films Production co-production
In association with CB Partners, APM Produções
And participation of Cine +, RTP
With the support of Procirep, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Lisboa Film Commission


Available mini-series 4 epiodes
O Livro Negro do Padre Dinis
With the finantial support of:
ICA - Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual
Fundo de Apoio ao Turismo e Cinema
RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal

International sales and festivals: Alfama Films

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