Blood of My Blood

Blood of My Blood  {Sangue do Meu Sangue}
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Blood of My Blood
Sangue do Meu Sangue
Portugal, 2011, 140 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Drama, Latino, Women
Program: World Cinema
Language: Portuguese English Sub-Titles

In Padre Cruz, a working class neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon, tough matriarch Márcia has worked hard all her life to make sure her daughter Cláudia finishes nursing school and marries well. Her son João Carlos has fallen in with a bad crowd and is dealing drugs; he turns to his young aunt, Márcia’s sister Ivete, whenever he gets in over his head. When Cláudia gets involved with her married professor and João Carlos gets in trouble with a brutal druglord, the two sisters charge fearlessly into battle, fighting for their family’s survival and a better future. Veteran Portuguese director João Canijo, best known for his award-winning 2004 film In the Darkness of the Night, employs a unique, dazzling storytelling style, frequently running scenes side-by-side within the frame. With cinematographer Mário Castanheira, he creates endlessly imaginative and stylish camera movements and compositions. Canijo’s spectacular cast, led by-force-of-nature Rita Blanco as Márcia, fully inhabit their roles, having developed the script through workshopped improvisations. Winner: FIPRESCI award, San Sebastian Film Festival

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DIRECTOR: João Canijo
Producer: Pedro Borges
Editor: João Braz
Screenwriter: João Canijo
Cinematographer: Mãrio Castanheira
Principal Cast: Rita Blanco, Anabela Moreira, Cleia Almeida, Rafael Morais, Marcello Urgeghe
Filmography: Misbegotten (2007), In the Darkness of the Night (2004), Filha de Mae (1990), Ninguem Duas Vezes (1985)
Print Source: FiGa Films - www.figafilms.com


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