Black Book of Father Dinis

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The Black Book of Father Dinis

THE BLACK BOOK OF FATHER DINIS explores the tumultuous lives of Laura (Lou de Laâge), a peasant maid, and Sebastian (Vasco Varela da Silva), the young orphan in her charge, against a backdrop of overflowing passion and revolutionary intrigue in Europe at the twilight of the 18th century. An unlikely adventure yarn that strides the continent, from Rome and Venice to London and Paris, with whispers of conspiracies from the clergy, the military, and the gentry, this sumptuous period piece ponders the intertwined nature of fate, desire, and duty. Conceived by director Valeria Sarmiento as an appendix to the expansive literary maze of her late partner Raul Ruiz’s landmark MYSTERIES OF LISBON, this picaresque chronicle both enriches the earlier work and stands on its own as a grand meditation of the stories we construct about ourselves.
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, History
Runtime
103
Language
French
Director
Valeria Sarmiento
Writer(s)
Carlos Saboga
FEATURED REVIEW
Monica Reid, Far Out Magazine

The Black Book is based on the novel The Black Book of Father Dinis by 19-century author Camilo Castelo Branco, whose romantic fiction, typically set a generation or so earlier, was the basis for several screenplays, the best known being the 2010 television series The Mysteries of Lisbon. Award ...

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