Mysteries of Lisbon: The Original Miniseries

Mysteries of Lisbon: The Original Miniseries - Varsity Theatre

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Purchase a ticket for $15.00 to get access to all 6 episodes of the miniseries.

Raul Ruiz’s, Mysteries of Lisbon, a masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco), evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

Now available for the first time in the US in the expanded, six-episode miniseries version that originally aired in 2011.


Episode 1: "The Boy With No Name" - While attending a religious boarding school, Pedro da Silva, an orphan, discovers his mother’s identity: the Countess Angela de Lima. With the help of Father Dinis, Pedro’s real guardian and protector, the Countess is given a chance to get to know the child he was forced to abandon, the bastard son of a forbidden passion.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    55 min per episode / 333 min total
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Rating
  • Note
    NYFF 2010 Official Selection
  • Director
    Raul Ruiz
  • Screenwriter
    Carlos Saboga
  • Producer
    Paulo Branco
  • Cast
    Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme, Afonso Pimentel, João Luís Arrais, Albano Jerónimo, João Baptista, Martin Loizillon, Julien Alluguette, Rui Morisson, Joana de Verona, Carloto Cotta, Maria João Pinho, José Manuel Mendes, Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud, Malik Zidi, Margarida Vilanova, Sofia Aparício, Catarina Wallenstein
  • Cinematographer
    André Szankowski (a.i.p)
  • Editor
    Valéria Sarmiento and Carlos Madaleno
  • Production Design
    Isabel Branco
  • Music
    Jorge Arriagada and Luis Freitas Branco