O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis


based upon the novel by Jos茅 Saramago

written and directed by Jo茫o Botelho

O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis


Jo茫o 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 Jos茅 Saramago鈥檚 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鈥檚 Fascism, Hitler鈥檚 Nazism, the brutal Spanish Civil War and Salazar鈥檚 Estado Novo. 鈥淚 am not a ghost鈥, Pessoa shouts at Reis. Indeed, the text is real and concrete, providing the material that is worked by Jo茫o Botelho as he continues his recent practice of giving filmic form to major works of Portuguese literature. 鈥淟ife and Death are the same鈥: literature and film have privileged access to this sort of fantastic realism.


based upon the novel by Jos茅 Saramago written and directed by Jo茫o Botelho

cinematography Jo茫o Ribeiro editing Jo茫o Braz sound direction Jorge Saldanha editing and sound mixing Paulo Abelho, Tiago Inuit music Daniel Bernardes decoration Cl谩udia Lopes costumes Silvia Grabowski make-up Rita Castro direction assistance Ant贸nio Pinh茫o Botelho general production Pedro Bento producer Alexandre Oliveira

with Chico Diaz, Lu铆s Lima Barreto, Catarina Wallenstein, Victoria Guerra, Jo茫o Barbosa, Rui Morisson, Hugo Mestre Amaro, Gustavo Vargas, Dinis Gomes, Rafael Fonseca, Cl谩udio da Silva, Francisco Vistas, Hugo Silva, Lu铆s Lucas, Jos茅 Martins, Andr茅 Gomes, Miguel Monteiro, M谩rcia Breia, Lu铆sa Cruz, Marcello Urgeghe, Solange Santos, Francisco Tavares, Paulo Filipe Monteiro, Ricardo Aib茅o, Dinarte Branco, Pedro Lacerda, M谩rio Sabino Sousa, Alexandra Rosa, Carolina Serr茫o, Bruno Ferreira

produced by Ar de Filmes co-produced by Funda莽茫o Jos茅 Saramago

running time 2:08 Ages 14 and up


Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o
Pra莽a da Batalha 112, 4000-101 Porto, Portugal