The Black Book
Le Cahier Noir
France, Portugal | 2017 | DCP | Color| 113 min | Valeria Sarmiento
FRIDAY 4 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 14:00 HRS | 66 MIN
SUNDAY 6 | CINEMEX REFORMA CASA DE ARTE SALA 1 | 13:30 HRS | 66 MIN
Director: Valeria Sarmiento
Screenplay: Carlos Saboga
Producer: Paulo Branco / Carlos Bedran
Cinematography: Acácio de Almeida
Editing: Luca Alverdi
Sound: Carlos Mota, Miguel Martins
Music: Jorge Arriagada
Production Company: Leopardo Filmes / Alfama Films Production
Cast: Lou De Laâge, Stanislas Merhar, Niels Schneider, Jenna Thiam, Fleur Fitoussi, David Caracol, François Deblock, Joana Ribeiro, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet
The story of the adventures, in the twilight of the eighteenth century, of a singular couple formed by a little orphan with mysterious origins and his young Italian nurse of a similarly uncertain birth. They lead us in their wake, from Rome to Venice, London to Paris. Always followed in the shadows, for obscure reasons, by a Calabrian and a troubling cardinal, they make us explore the dark intrigues of the Vatican, the pangs of a fatal passion, a gruesome duel, a banter at the court of Versailles and the convulsions of the French Revolution.
Born in Chile in 1948, Valeria Sarmiento studied Philosophy and Cinema before starting her career as a filmmaker. Exiled in Paris after the 1973 coup, she kept sending political messages to Latin American leaders through her films and documentaries. She is also the privileged collaborator of Raul Ruiz, for whom she edited most of the films, and with whom she lived.
Both in documentaries and in fiction, Valeria Sarmiento pays attention to dramaturgy and weighs her suggestions carefully. Fiction films confirm her attachment to popular culture and her willingness to play with conventions and stereotypes.