Portugal / France, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Prime Time)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
"Raúl Ruiz's head-spinning Mysteries of Lisbon is a period drama of contemporary import - and of the highest order." - Variety
The fate of a dozen characters intertwine over three decades, as one man's journey to find his parents takes him on a continent-spanning odyssey in Mysteries of Lisbon, a 19th-century tale of desire, indiscretions and hidden identity.
Acclaimed France-based Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (Klimt; The Golden Boat, MIFF 1991) delves into a complex literary world with this adaptation of Camilo Castelo Branco's saga of the same name. Originally created as a six-part television mini-series, for theatrical release it has been concentrated into an engaging four-and-a-half-hour epic.
Winner of Best Director at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Critics Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival.
D Raúl Ruiz P Paolo Branco S Carlos Saboga Dist Rialto L English, Portuguese, French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2010