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The Portuguese Nun

A religiosa portuguesa
International title A religiosa portuguesa
Section 47 edición - Rellumes
Country Portugal, Francia
Year 2009
Running time 127
Director Eugene Green
Screenplay Eugene Green
Film Editing Valérie Loiseleux
Photography Raphäel O´Byrne
Production Luis Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Production design Zé Branco
Cast Leonor Baldaque, ana Moreira, Adrien Michaux, Beatriz Batarda, Diogo Dória
Producer

O som e a fúria

Synopsis


Jullie de Hauranne is a French actress, daughter of a Portuguese woman. She arrives for her first time in Lisbon, to play the leading role in a film inspired by Lettres portugaises (a 17th century epistolary novel whose author has recently been purported to be the French writer and diplomat, Count De Guilleragues). During the shoot, Jullie gives in to the calm and pleasurable pace of Lisbon, and enjoys a series of casual encounters which will help her get over the relationship she has just ended. One of her most meaningful meetings will bring her close to a nun she meets at the Chapel of Our Lady.

Director bio

He was born in 1947 in New York, although he has always lived in Paris. At the age of 30 he founded the Théâtre de la Sapience, a company with which he tries to vindicate the modernity of Baroque theatre. He has published essays on cinema, as well as compilations of short stories and poetry. His film Toutes les nuits (1999), inspired by a work by Flaubert, won the Delluc Prize for the best debut feature film. Cannes Film Festival included his film Le monde vivant (2003), in its Director’s Fortnight. Green became a regular at Locarno with Le nom du feu (2002), Le pont des Arts (2004), Les signes (2005) and A religiosa portuguesa (2009). The Swiss festival awarded him with the Jury Special Prize for his segment Correspondances in the collective film Memories (Jeonju Digital Project, 2007) which also included two episodes by Pedro Costa and Harun Farocki.