Portuguese Coproduction “The Black Notebook” selected for Toronto Film Festival

The film “O Caderno Negro”, a Portuguese-French co-production by Valeria Sarmiento and produced by Paulo Branco, will be presented at a world premiere in the contemporary international section of the Toronto Festival (Canada), it was announced today.

The Chilean director’s film is inspired by Camilo Castelo Branco’s “Black Book of Padre Dinis”, with Carlos Saboga’s argument, and was one of the 48 selected this year for the section “World Contemporary Cinema” at the International Film Festival of Toronto (TIFF), which runs from September 6 to 16.

In a statement, the festival said that this year’s show features “bright” films from 30 countries – with a strong presence in Latin America and Eastern Europe – telling stories of identity, describing family dynamics and making bold political statements.

“Each film in Contemporary World Cinema offers a snapshot of the world and shows the importance of compelling global production,” said Kerri Craddock, TIFF’s director of Programming, adding that “together, films expose the truth, open borders, and captivate. the public with its deep and empowering stories. ”

“The Black Caderno” will also participate in this year’s edition of the Festival San Sebastián, Spain, which will take place between 21 and 29 September, where it contests the grand prize.

The film tells the story of a couple who travels from Rome to Paris, from Lisbon to London, and from Parma to Venice in the middle of the eighteenth century, making the spectator witness of “dark intrigues in the Vatican, the anguish of a fatal passion, a bitter duel, the gallantry at the court of Versailles, the convulsions of the French Revolution and the rise of General Bonaparte, “according to the film’s synopsis.

Co-production is signed by Leopardo Filmes and Alfama Films, in association with France’s CB Partners and APM Produções.

In Toronto will also be the film “Diamantino” by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, which will have its American premiere, when closing the program of the section “Midnight Madness.”

The TIFF organization notes that several of the world’s “impressive” 27 program premieres are from TIFF veterans, such as Belmonte, Uruguayan Federico Veiroj, “The Other Story” by Israel’s Avi Nesher, “Stupid Young Heart “by Finnish director Oscar Selma Vilhunen,” Quem te Cantará “, by the Spanish artist Carlos Vermut, and” Look at Me “by the director Nejib Belkadhi of Tunisia.

The program also highlights film selections that have already captivated audiences around the world this year, such as “I Do not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians” by Romanian director Radu Jude, “Birds of Passage”, by the duo of filmmakers Colombians Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, and also “Border” by the Iranian Ali Abbasi.

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