Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon

Raul Ruiz’s masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

Opens on Friday, August 5th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Louis-Delluc Prize 2010
Best French Film Award

San Sebastián International Film Festival
Silver Shell
Best Director 2010

Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection
9th – 19th September 2010

The New York Film Festival
24th September – 10th October 2010

São Paulo International Film Festival
Critic’s Award

Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival
Official Selection
21st October – 3rd November 2010

London Film Festival
Official Selection
13th – 28th October 2010

Torino Film Festival
Official Selection
26th November – 4th December 2010
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