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A Feature film by Pedro Costa

Release in France : 04/02/1998


    Estrela d’Africa, a creole quarter on the outskirts of Lisbon. A newborn baby narrowly escapes death on several occasions. Tina, his young mother, takes him in her arms and turns on the gas. Rescued by his father, he ends up on the streets living at the mercy of charity. He is nearly sold twice for next to nothing out of despair and out of love. But Tina can’t forget, and her sisters in the neighbourhood are bent on avenging her.

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    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Madragoa Filmes, Zentropa Entertainment

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

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    “Battle” is a good word for this film. A fierce but not fatal battle; also a battle for territory. The film is centred around the idea of “You can’t come into my house and I can’t come into yours, stay out of my picture”. These people are very exclusive in their relationships, like “I’m going to be with this baby for ever.” When we film a picture, it belongs to someone. When I was filming a boy or a girl, I felt they were totally demanding. It was their picture, their life. I don’t mess with that. You act your guts out and that’s also a battle. (Pedro Costa - excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Director of Photography :

    Emmanuel Machuel

    Production managers :

    Antonio Gonçalo, Élisabeth Bocquet

    Editor :

    Jackie Bastide

    Costume designer :

    Isabel Favila

    Adaptation :

    Pedro Costa

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Maïkoff

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designer :

    Ze Branco

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Portugal, Denmark

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Portugal, Denmark)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 33 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR