Goodnight Cinderella
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    Goodnight Cinderella

    Boa Noite Cinderela

    Directed by

    Portugal

    2014

    30 min

    • Portuguese

    Period drama, Short

    Cinderella escapes at midnight, leaving behind one of her glass slippers. The following days, the prince won't put his mind off the idea of completing the pair.

    Awards

    • TAP Portugal Prize - Curtas Vila do Conde

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    João Cajuda
    Joana De Verona
    David Cabecinha
    Screenplay
    Carlos Conceição
    Cinematography
    Vasco Viana
    Editing
    Carlos Conceição
    António Gonçalves

    Director's Statement

    In certain fairytales, heroines seem very similar, except for the color of their hair. They are pure and well-meaning, often princesses who lost their privileges. The reward for their virtues and perils is marriage - with an absurdly rich prince who, being also "charming", is very virile and well intentioned. But neither Perrault nor the Grimm brothers nor Giambattista Basile define this mysterious character who is no more than a trophy of flesh to the heroic protagonist.

    For satirical purposes, it occurred to me to revisit Cinderella in a Romantic context. In the first half of the nineteenth century, the French invasions and civil war had ruined Portugal. On the second half, the Liberal governments privatized the properties of the decadent aristocracy and sold everything (even titles of nobility) dirt cheap. In mid-2011, when I sat down to write what would become the script of this film, Portugal seemed to have completed a political circle. It is somewhat tragicomic that the history of each era is the history of its ruling class, and as such, of its priorities. We are what we eat, but worse: also who eats us.

    Sales
    AGENCIA - PORTUGUESE SHORT FILM AGENCY
    Production
    BLACKMARIA
    Carlos Conceição

    Carlos Conceição

    Portugal

    Carlos Conceição majored in English with a focus on Anglo-Saxon Romantic literature and in film directing at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (2006). He began creating video art, music videos and installations soon after that. His film VERSAILLES competed in Locarno, Vila do Conde and Mar Del Plata in 2013. GOODNIGHT CINDERELLA was in competition at La Semaine de la Critique in 2014. SERPENTARIUS (2019) is his first feature-length film.

    Selected Filmography