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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.

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    Valeria Sarmiento
  • Cast
    Lou de Laage, Stansias Merhar