In the middle of the 16th century Lisbon was a cosmopolitan city, powerful as a consequence of the expansion, a power that began to collapse whilst the rigidity of an increasingly overbearing Inquisition was installed. This is the story of Bela, a young man that was adopted by a wealthy couple of French-Portuguese merchants. The story takes place near Lisbon where Bela crosses paths with Rosa, the love of his life; it is also where he meets Jacques, a friend of his adopted parents, with whom he lives an eventful friendship. Meanwhile, Bela tries to find his place, but a succession of uncontrollable events (caused by misunderstandings, ambiguities, jealousy…) lead to disaster.
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Marguerite de Hillerin, Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois
Marguerite de Hillerin appeared in Slumber of the Earth, by Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois, and from then on, both of them never stopped comparing their ideas, imagining new stories and new ways of telling them. They both wrote and directed At the Mount and Ruins in Summer, whose themes such as the disappearance, loss and replacement match those of The Child.
Filmography: The Child (co-directed, 2022, D'A 2023), Ruins in Summer (short film, co-directed, 2019), At the Mount (short film, co-directed, 2018)