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L'Epée et la rose - © Shellac

L'Epée et la rose

A Feature film by João Nicolau

Release in France : 20/07/2011


    Manuel is 31 years old. He may not be the happiest of men, but he is not the worst off, either. He has friends, a girlfriend, a cleaning woman and a tax inspector. The objects with which he fills his days are an old red trunk, the lighting visit to an underground laboratory and his enthusiasm at receiving certain cybernetic messages, which are signs that are plan is underway. After having found a new master for his cat and after undergoing an unusual test for physical stamina, he tells his family he is going away for an indefinite time.

    Taking nothing but the trunk, he goes to an inlet in the north of Lisbon where he boards the Vera Cruz, a 15th century Portuguese caravel. He dedicates himself to a life on the sea according to the only valid laws on board, which are none other than those of piracy.



    L'Epée et la rose

    L'Epée et la rose (Trailer)

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Shellac Sud

    French distribution :


    Foreign production company :

    O Som e a Fúria

    News agency (France) :

    Makna Presse

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (13)

    Assistant Director :

    Telmo Churro

    Sound Recordist :

    Vasco Pimentel

    Screenwriters :

    João Nicolau, Mariana Ricardo

    Director of Photography :

    Mario Castanheira

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Chloé Lorenzi

    Sound editors :

    Vasco Pimentel, Hugo Leitão, João Nicolau, Antonio Lopes

    Sound Mixer :

    Miguel Martins

    Foreign Producer :

    Luis Urbano

    Line Producer :

    Luis Urbano

    Co-producer :

    Thomas Ordonneau

    Production Manager :

    Joaquim Carvalho

    Editors :

    Francisco Moreira, João Nicolau

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    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    Portuguese, French

    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, Germany, France

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Portugal, Germany, France)

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    French release :


    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby Digital

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