The film “The Gilded Cage,” a French-Portuguese production, will be screened at the 17th Cinéfranco Francophone International Film Festival taking place, from March 28 to April 6, in Toronto, Canada.
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.
Based on the lives of a Portuguese immigrant family in France, the film tells the story a working-class Portuguese immigrant couple 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.
All the actors playing immigrants are Portuguese or have Portuguese roots. Well-known Portuguese actors Joaquim de Almeida (José), Rita Blanco (Maria) are in the lead roles with a cast which includes 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.
Established in 1997, Cinéfranco is the most important International Francophone Film Festival in English Canada dedicated to promoting the diversity and richness of Francophone movies with the goal to increase their appreciation and give them more exposure in an English speaking environment. All films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.
Produced in 2013 in France and title in French “La Cage Dorée,” the film will be presented in French with English subtitles, on April 4 at 6:pm, at the Royal Cinema, located at 608 College Street, Toronto.
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