Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, November 25, 2011 – Sunday, November 27, 2011

 Detroit Film Theatre

(France/Portugal/2010–directed by Raúl Ruiz)

In 19th-century Lisbon, a teenager raised by priests learns an extraordinary secret about his lineage; a French heiress seeks revenge against the man who besmirched her honor; a kindly padre changes identities whenever it’s to his advantage. These are but a few of the many characters who populate Raúl Ruiz’s teeming, breathtaking adaptation of one of the most beloved masterworks of Portuguese literature. Nothing is as it seems in this vast and intoxicating tapestry of stories within stories within stories, filmed with gorgeous period design, supremely fluid camerawork and a wonderfully talented French and Portuguese cast. Winner of France’s coveted Prix Luis-Delluc for Best French Film of the Year, and a sold-out, hot ticket at the Toronto, New York, London and Los Angeles International Film Festivals. In Portuguese and French with English subtitles. (257 minutes, with intermission)

“Glorious! One of the first cinematic masterpieces of this century.” –Film Comment

"Critics' Pick! A masterly, delightful, marvelous tale–an absorbing, astonishingly fast four-and-a-quarter hours." –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"You won't see a more brilliant piece of filmmaking this year." –John Powers, Vogue
Friday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 27 at 2:00 p.m.