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How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal

Eugène Green
Como Fernando Pessoa Salvou Portugal
Portugal, France, Belgium 2018 / 26’
Fog L. Cohen

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.

Agnieszka Szeffel


Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português 2018 - Best Original Screenplay; Portland IFF 2019 - Audience Award

Eugène Green

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 ArtsThe Portuguese Nun and La Sapienza.

Selected filmography

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

Cast & Crew

director Eugène Green
screenplay Eugène Green
cinematography Raphaël o'Byrne
editing Valérie Loiseleux
cast Carloto Cotta, Manuel Mozos, Diogo Dória, Alexandre Pieroni Calado, Ricardo Gross, Mia Tomé, Eugène Green
producer Sandro Aguilar, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Julien Naveau, Luís Urbano
production Les Films du Fleuve, Noodles Production, O Som e a Fúria
sales Portuguese Short Film Agency
language Portuguese
colouration colour