How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal

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    How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal

    Como Fernando Pessoa Salvou Portugal

    Directed by

    Portugal

    2018

    27 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama

    During the 20’s, at the request of one of his employers, the poet Fernando Pessoa conceives an advertising slogan for the drink Coca-Louca, which panics the authoritarian government of that time.

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    Cast
    Carloto Cotta
    Manuel Mozos
    Diogo Dória
    Alexandre Pieroni Calado
    Ricardo Gross
    Mia Tomé
    Screenplay
    Eugène Green
    Cinematography
    Raphaaël O'Byrne
    Editing
    Valérie Loiseleux
    Sales
    AGENCIA - PORTUGUESE SHORT FILM AGENCY
    Production
    NOODLES PRODUCTION
    Production
    O SOM E A FURIA
    Eugène Green

    Eugène Green

    France

    What interests me when I film a human being is his interiority, what is hidden in normal everyday life, and which the cinema has the possibility of making apparent and conceivable to the spectator.

    Eugène Green was born in North America. In 1969 he moved to Paris, where he studied Literature, Languages, History and Art History. In 1977 he founded the Théâtre de la Sapience. His first film, TOUTES LES NUITS (1999), was released in theatres in 2001 and won the Prix Louis Delluc. LE MONDE VIVANT (2003) was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight at Festival de Cannes. His short film LE NOM DE FEU was presented for the first time in 2002 at Locarno Festival. In 2004 he made a third feature film, LE PONT DES ARTS, which premiered at Locarno Film Festival. In 2005 he directed the short film, SIGNES, presented in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes and in 2006 at Locarno Festival. Another short film, CORRESPONDANCES, is part of a triptych MEMORIES (with other two film directors, Harun Farocki and Pedro Costa), commissioned by the Jeonju Film Festival in South Korea and presented at the Locarno Festival, in 2007, where it won the Special Jury Award. In 2009 he directed his first film in Portugal, A POTUGUESE NUN. His feature LA SAPIENZA (2014) was presented at Toronto Film Festival and Locarno Film Fesitval, THE SON OF JOSEPH (2016) premiered at Berlinale Film Festival. He is also a writer and has published novels, plays, essays, stories and poems. His most recent film is HOW FERNANDO PESSOA SAVED PORTUGAL (2018).

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