Barroso and Aguilar present in Locarno

Article published on Aug. 4, 2008
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Article published on Aug. 4, 2008
As it has for the past two years, the international competition of the Locarno International Film Festival (August 6-16) will include a Portuguese film produced by Paulo Branco for his Lisbon-based company Clap Filmes. After Body Rice in 2006 and O Capacete Dourado in 2007, Swiss audiences will get a change to discover Mário Barroso's new film, Um amor de perdição.

Barroso – whose directorial debut The Miracle According to Salomé (2004) registered over 20,000 admissions locally – has adapted a 19th century Portuguese literary classic, written by Camilo de Castelo Branco. Tomás Alves, who makes his cinematic debut, and Ana Moreira (a regular in Teresa Villaverde’s films) play Simão and Teresa in the tragic love story scripted in a contemporary version by Carlos Saboga. Other members of the cast include Catarina Wallenstein, Virgílio Castelo and Patrícia Franco.

Co-produced by Brazil's Plateau Produções, Um amor de perdição will make its world premiere at Locarno. Local theatrical distribution is scheduled for October by Atalanta Filmes, while MAD Filmes handles the international sales.

The second Portuguese title at Locarno is Sandro Aguilar's feature debut A Zona, starring Isabel Abreu and António Pedroso. Selected in the Filmmakers of the Present competition, this O Som e a Fúria production was seen in the latest edition of IndieLisboa.

Vitor Pinto