Portuguese American Journal

Community: Screening of ‘The Gilded Cage’ a film by Ruben Alves – UMass Lowell

The Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture & Research, UMass Lowell present the screening of ‘The Gilded Cage’ (La Cage Dorée). The event takes place on March 24 at 6:00pm, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in the O’Leary 222, (South Campus).

With actors Joaquim de Almeida and Rita Blanco the film is based on the lives of a Portuguese immigrant family in France. The story line is about a working-class Portuguese couple living in Paris with dreams to returning to Portugal. An unexpected inheritance would have made it possible for the Ribeiros to resettle in their homeland, but the family is caught into the immigrant dilemma of having to choose between their homeland and their adoptive country.

Titled in Portuguese “Gaiola Dourada” the film was directed by Ruben Alves, the son of Portuguese immigrants in France.  Hugo Gélin and Jean-André Yerlès, a former head of the French Writers’ Guild, were the screenwriters. The feature was edited by Nassim Gordji Tehrani with music by Portuguese composer Rodrigo Leão.

All the actors playing immigrants are Portuguese or have Portuguese roots. They are well-known Portuguese actors Joaquim de Almeida (José), Rita Blanco (Maria) are in the lead roles with a cast including Barbara Cabrita, Maria Vieira, Jacqueline Corado, Jean-Pierre Martins, Alex Alves Pereira, Sergio Da Silva. French actors include Nicole Croisille, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby, and Lannick Gautry.

This event, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of France in Boston as part of the New England celebration of Francophonie 2015, the Consulate General of Portugal in Boston and the Arte Institute of Manhattan.

‘The Gilded Cage( 2013) 90 minutes, France/Portugal, Pathé. In French and Portuguese with English subtitles.

Contact information: Carole_Salmon@uml.edu

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