Lisbon, 1927. An unknown poet, Fernando Pessoa, gets a commission to using his poetic talent to come up with a slogan that advertises a new drink, which is wildly popular in prohibition-bridled America. One of his heteronyms, Álvaro de Campos, comes to the rescue, portending failure. Will Fernando save Portugal against the brown syrupy flood? The warm irony of Eugène Green, Camané singing fado, Carloto Cotta in the double role of Pessoi and de Campos is rounded out by an encoberto, an important figure in Portuguese culture, which dates back to the 16th century and the history of the disappearance of King Don Sebastiao during the battle in Morocco, causing Portugal to lose its independence in 1558. From then on, the Portuguese people have dreamed of a hidden savior and his incarnations.
Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português 2018 - Best Original Screenplay; Portland IFF 2019 - Audience Award
Eugène Green is a director, actor, writer and erudite. Born in New York in 1947, he has had connections to France throughout his professional life. He opened the Théâtre de la Sapience in 1977. He was already 54 when he made his film debut with Toutes les nuits, for which he received a French critics' award. He made the triptych Memories together with Pedro Costa and Harun Farocki. His fascination with the culture of Western Europe in the 17th century can also be seen in his earlier films, Le pont des Arts, The Portuguese Nun and La Sapienza.
2001 Toutes les nuits
2003 Le monde vivant / The Living World
2004 Most artystów / Le pont des Arts
2006 Les signes (short)
2009 Portugalska zakonnica / A religiosa Portuguesa / The Portuguese Nun
2014 Sapientia / Sapience
2016 Syn Józefa / The Son of Joseph / Le Fils de Joseph