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The Black Book of Father Dinis

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THE BLACK BOOK OF FATHER DINIS explores the tumultuous lives of Laura (Lou de Laâge), a peasant maid, and Sebastian (Vasco Varela da Silva), the young orphan in her charge, against a backdrop of overflowing passion and revolutionary intrigue in Europe at the twilight of the 18th century. An unlikely adventure yarn that strides the continent, from Rome and Venice to London and Paris, with whispers of conspiracies from the clergy, the military, and the gentry, this sumptuous period piece ponders the intertwined nature of fate, desire, and duty. Conceived by director Valeria Sarmiento as an appendix to the expansive literary maze of her late partner Raul Ruiz’s landmark MYSTERIES OF LISBON, this picaresque chronicle both enriches the earlier work and stands on its own as a grand meditation of the stories we construct about ourselves.

Cast & Crew
  • Laura / Lelia : Lou de Laâge
  • Rufo : Stanislas Merhar
  • Marquis Lusault : Niels Schneider
  • Suzanne Monfort : Jenna Thiam
  • Director : Valeria Sarmiento
  • Writer : Carlos Saboga
  • Based on the novel by : Camilo Castelo Branco
  • Producers : Carlos Bedran (Co-Producer), Paulo Branco (Producer), Ana Pinhão Moura (Associate Producer/Executive Producer
  • Director of Photography : Acácio de Almeida
  • Music : Jorge Arriagada
  • Editor : Luca Alverdi
  • Art Director : Isabel Branco
  • Costume Design : Rute Correia
  • Makeup : Nuno Esteves
Technical Info
  • VOD Release Date : December 8, 2020
  • Running Time : 103 minutes
  • Production Year : 2017
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.78 : 1
  • Country : France, Portugal
  • Language : In French with English Subtitles
  • Rating : Not Rated
  • Genre : Drama

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