THE SWORD AND THE ROSE

Synopsis

Manuel bids farewell to his routine and boards a 15th century vessel under pirate law. Treason onboard triggers a series of terrible events that our protagonist overcomes while keeping his moral principles intact.

Director's Bio-filmography

João Nicolau was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1975. He works as a film director, film editor, actor and musician.


His first feature film, The Sword and the Rose, comes after two shorts which have achieved an amazing success: Song of Love and Health (2009), after it’s premiere in Cannes’ Director’s Forthnight, has been awarded a total of 9 times in festivals such as Belfort, Brive, Recife and Rio de Janeiro and has been screened in more than 20 film festivals around the world. Bird of Prey, his first short (2006), also released in Cannes, has been selected for more than 60 international film festivals and been awarded at, among others, Milano, Belfort, Réus and Vila do Conde.
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JONH FROM [2014] WILD HAGGIS [2013] THE GIFT OF TEARS (commisioned by Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture) [2012] THE SWORD AND THE ROSE [2010] SONG OF LOVE AND HEALTH [2009] BIRD OF PREY [2006] YOU CAN´T LIVE WITH YOUR MOUTH SHUT [1999]

Theatrical release

PORTUGUESE RELEASE APRIL THE 7TH 2011
FRENCH RELEASE JULY 20TH 2011

Festivals & Awards

67th Venice International Film Festival – Biennale di Venezia: Orizzonti Competition [Italy, 2010]
Festival Luso-Brasileiro de Santa Maria da Feira [Portugal, 2010]: Film Society Award, Revelation Award

Nouveau Cinéma Montréal [Canada 2010]
Mostra de São Paulo [Brazil, 2010]
Festival International du Film de La Roche dur Yon [France, 2010]
Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival [Austria, 2010]
Estoril Film Festival [Portugal, 2010]

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Apocryphal document belonging to the archives of The Rose

in the beginning, was the great cosmic egg.
inside the egg was chaos, and floating in chaos was P’an Ku, the divine Embryo.
P’an Ku Myth (3rd century, China)


plutex, probably an acronym the meaning of which no man knows.

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Excerpts of Dialogues

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João – You haven’t changed a bit…
Manuel – I hope there is still a chance.
João – Easy, boy. This life will do you good. You’ll manage to let a lost sock loose on top of you bed soon, you’ll see. I wanted to tell you that I’m deeply proud of you.
Manuel – Oh well…
João – You were brave.
Manuel – I wasn’t aware of any risks.
João – That’s because you followed my instructions so strictly.
Manuel – I have always been better at doing jobs for others… Hey, how did you come up with those Germans right on the footsteps of Lisbon?
João – Those dogs…
Manuel – I found no reason to complain.
João – You’ve always been a dead lucky bastard… Who do you think was in the black car?
Manuel – Those sons of a bitch!
João – Indeed. Fortunately they’re history now. And with what you brought, we won’t need them for the rest of our lives.
Manuel – Are you certain we have enough?
João – Positive.


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THE SWORD AND THE ROSE at São Paulo Film Festival

This disorientation – the filmmaker’s, his characters’, from a national film policy, from an entire generation, in short – is the aesthetic force of The Sword and the Rose, a film that exposes the anguish, the uncertainties, the confusion about how to intervene politically, but at the same time claims a procedure, a very acurate acidity on humans and their things, a style, a way that it is still very political.

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Sounds

Cast

Manuel Mesquita Luís Lima Barreto Nuno Pino Custódio Pedro Faro Joana Cunha Ferreira Hugo Leitão Mariana Ricardo Lígia Soares Alice Contreiras Tiago Fagulha Crista Alfaiate Caroline Deruas Julie Duclos João Lobo Justin Taurand Helena Carneiro Sinem Erdogan Márcia Breia Pedro Leitão Armando Nunes special appearance Michael Biberstein, José Mário Branco e Luís Miguel Cintra

Crew

directed by João Nicolau written by João Nicolau and Mariana Ricardo original soundtrack München cinematography Mário Castanheira sound Vasco Pimentel 1st assistant director Telmo Churro continuity Leonor Noivo art direction Silvia Grabowski hair & make-up Araceli Fuente editor Francisco Moreira, João Nicolau sound editors Vasco Pimentel, Hugo Leitão, João Nicolau, António Lopes mix Miguel Martins production manager Joaquim Carvalho executive producer Luís Urbano co-producer Thomas Ordonneau producers Sandro Aguilar, Luís Urbano

35MM | 137’ | DOLBY SRD | 1:1.66

© O SOM E A FÚRIASHELLAC SUD 2010

Sponsors

  • Supported by ICA | MC ICA | MC
  • developed with the MEDIA Programme of the European Community Media Programme Media Programme
  • produced with the investment of FICA FICA
  • supported by Conseil General Bouches-de-Rhônes Conseil General Bouches-de-Rhônes
  • with the participation of RTP RTP
  • and MULTIMED MULTIMED
  • support CML CML