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As Bodas de Deus

A Feature film by Joao Cesar Monteiro

Produced by Madragoa Filmes

Release in France : 01/12/1999

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Executive Producer :

Madragoa Filmes

Film exports/foreign sales :

Gemini Films

Co-productions :

Gemini Films, Radiotelevisao Portuguesa

French distribution :

Gemini Films

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All seems lost. Then, in a lonely, freezing park, two shadowy figures meet: João de Deus and a messenger from God. The messenger gives the gangster a case stuffed with money then leaves, his mission accomplished. João counts the notes then, hearing a loud splash in the still water of a nearby lake, goes to see what it is. A young girl is drowning. Joào jumps into the water, carries the unconscious Joanna to a convent, then returns to the park to fetch the case and its contents. . . .


If the way films turn out were not subject to mundane accidents of all kinds, this one would have gotten back on track at the end of "God's Comedy" and, since, the rhythm and feeling for the rest had been found, everything would have fallen perfectly into place. But since things did not turn out like that, since it wasn't fashioned in accordance with our new wishes, I'm afraid that yet again, we are faced with a perverse quandary. Who on earth would think of making a film which, with a pinch of irony, continuously tells us about its own infeasiblity, the infeasiblity of its very "raison d’être"? But do not despair, O unbelievers, one can live with this, one really can.

João Cesar Monteiro - Director, excerpt from the press folder

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Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Paulo Branco

Director of Photography :

Mário Barroso

Production Manager :

Joaquim Carvacho

Editor :

Joaquim Pinto

Costume designer :

Silvia Grabowski

Screenwriter :

Joao Cesar Monteiro

Sound Recordist :

Joaquim Pinto

Press Attaché (film) :

Bruno Barde

Production Designer :

Alfredo Furiga

Still Photographer :

Mariana Viegas

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Feature film

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Philosophical tale

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Portugal, France

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Minority French (Portugal, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 30 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)



Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)


Main Program Section Feature Films

Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


Out of Competition

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


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