O Mistério da Estrada de Sintra

(Portugal/Brazil, 2007, 103 minutes)

In the late 19th century, two writers imagine and publish a mystery serial that turns out to be closer to a true-life case than they thought possible. Entertaining but slight period mystery that wastes a good premise and some solid acting in muddled scripting and TV-movie handling.

An Animatógrafo 2/Filmes de Fundo/Moonshot Pictures production, with financial support from ICAM, ANCINE, Programme Ibermedia, RTP and Sintra City Hall. Starring Ivo Canelas, António Pedro Cerdeira, Bruna di Tullio, Rogério Samora, Giselle Itiê, José Pedro Vasconcelos, James Weber Brown; with special guests Nicolau Breyner, Flávio Galvão. Directed by Jorge Paixão da Costa; produced by Pandora da Cunha Telles, António da Cunha Telles, Roberto d'Ávila, Patrick Siaretta; screenplay by Newton Cannito, Tiago Borralho, Jorge Paixão da Costa, inspired by the novel by Eça de Queiroz and Ramalho Ortigão, O Mistério da Estrada de Sintra, and by the stories by Ramalho Ortigão, As Farpas; adaptation, Nuno Vaz, Mário Botequilha; dialogues, Luísa Costa Gomes, Tiago Borralho; music by Guga Bernardo; director of photography (Tobis), Luís Branquinho; art director, Clara Vinhais; costume designer, Sílvia Grabowski; film editor, João Braz.


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