Portuguese American Journal

Film opening: Mysteries of Lisbon – NYC

Music Box Films presents the opening of the film “Mysteries of Lisbon” by director Raul Ruiz scheduled for Friday, August 5, in New York City, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and IFC Center, followed by a national roll out.

The film, a period piece produced by Paulo Branco,  is an adaptation of nineteenth-century Portuguese novel “Mistérios de Lisboa” by Camilo Castelo Branco, with a stellar Portuguese and French cast. The Portuguese cast incudes Adriano Luz, Ricardo Pereira, Afonso Pimentel and Maria João Bastos. The French cast includes Clotilde Hesmé, Lea Seydoux and Melvil Poupaud.

The action — taking over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil and Italy — involves adventures, coincidences, revelations, vengeance, betrayals and love affairs. It tells the story of João a young bastard child who wants to learn about his family and uncovers a lustful truth involving his mother, a jealous Count,  and a forbidden love.

“Mysteries of Lisbon” is the crowning achievement of a great artist’s career, Chile-born and Paris-based film director Raul Ruiz, one of the most exciting and unique voices in cinema today.

Ruiz’s credits include “Time Regained,” his critically acclaimed adaptation of Proust’s “Remembrances of Things Past” and “Genealogies of a Crime,” both starring Catherine Deneuve, and “Three Lives and Only One Death” starring Marcello Mastroianni. He is currently filming an account of 20th century French author’s life Jean Giono.

With cinematography by André Szankowski and screenplay by Carlos Saboga , the film was the winner of the Louis-Delluc Prize 2010, Best French Film Award; the winner of the 2010 Silver Shell Best Director at the San Sebastián International Film Festival; and the winner of the São Paulo International Film Festival Critic’s Award.

Other distinctions include, official list of selected features by the 2010 New York Film Festival and the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival; Viennale International Film Festival, Official Selection
21st October – 3rd November 2010; London Film Festival Official Selection
13th – 28th October 2010; and Torino Film Festival Official Selection 26th November – 4th December 2010.

In Portugal, Raul Ruiz’s masterpiece won three awards at the Portuguese Golden Globes’ 16th edition, including the Best Film prize. Maria João Bastos conquered the Best Actress’ Award and Adriano Luz won the Best Actor category.

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in theatres in the Unites States.

Music Box Films has acquired the north-American distribution rights for the feature and the TV series.

Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre , Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.

The film runs for 4 hours and 30 minutes in Portuguese and French with English subtitles. For locations and playdates check >>

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