João Botelho brings to the TNSJ the world premiere of O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis [The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis], his adaptation of José Saramago’s novel with the same title. Interweaving the threads of fiction and history, Saramago conceived a very peculiar encounter between the late Fernando Pessoa and one of his creations, the heteronym Ricardo Reis, who has returned to Portugal after 16 years exiled in Brazil. 1936 is the year of all perils, such as Mussolini’s Fascism, Hitler’s Nazism, the brutal Spanish Civil War and Salazar’s Estado Novo. “I am not a ghost”, Pessoa shouts at Reis. Indeed, the text is real and concrete, providing the material that is worked by João Botelho as he continues his recent practice of giving filmic form to major works of Portuguese literature. “Life and Death are the same”: literature and film have privileged access to this sort of fantastic realism.
based upon the novel by José Saramago written and directed by João Botelho
cinematography João Ribeiro editing João Braz sound direction Jorge Saldanha editing and sound mixing Paulo Abelho, Tiago Inuit music Daniel Bernardes decoration Cláudia Lopes costumes Silvia Grabowski make-up Rita Castro direction assistance António Pinhão Botelho general production Pedro Bento producer Alexandre Oliveira
with Chico Diaz, Luís Lima Barreto, Catarina Wallenstein, Victoria Guerra, João Barbosa, Rui Morisson, Hugo Mestre Amaro, Gustavo Vargas, Dinis Gomes, Rafael Fonseca, Cláudio da Silva, Francisco Vistas, Hugo Silva, Luís Lucas, José Martins, André Gomes, Miguel Monteiro, Márcia Breia, Luísa Cruz, Marcello Urgeghe, Solange Santos, Francisco Tavares, Paulo Filipe Monteiro, Ricardo Aibéo, Dinarte Branco, Pedro Lacerda, Mário Sabino Sousa, Alexandra Rosa, Carolina Serrão, Bruno Ferreira
produced by Ar de Filmes co-produced by Fundação José Saramago
running time 2:08 Ages 14 and up