Jose and Pilar

Jose and Pilar  {José e Pilar}
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Jose and Pilar
José e Pilar
Portugal, 2010, 117 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Spain, Brazil
Topics: Documentary, History, Latino, Romance
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Portuguese, Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Nominated for Best Documentary; Sao Paulo, Winner Audience Award, Best Br

An unforgettable love story of genuine soul-mates, José and Pilar chronicles two years in the incredible life of José Saramago, the Portuguese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and his firebrand Spanish wife Pilar del Rio. Director Miguel Gonçalves Mendes captures touching, intimate moments with Saramago—in his 80s at the time of filming—and plenty of his wit and wisdom, as he navigates an incredible around-the-world itinerary of high-profile events, always with Pilar by his side. When a sudden health scare puts his life and the completion of his latest novel on the line, the power of Pilar’s love, determination, and dedication is put to the ultimate test. Saramago’s story is the stuff of legends—he had to abandon his studies after fourth grade and didn’t come to public attention until age 60. Gonçalves Mendes gets astonishing access to the author and his wife, and crafts his film with impressive style and energy. He artfully intercuts the punishing rhythm of Saramago’s public appearances with thoughtful, up-close-and-personal footage of two highly controversial, larger-than-life personalities .

Director Miguel Gonçalves Mendes and Actor Pilar de Rio are expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Miguel Goncalves Mendes
Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Miguel Goncalves, Mendes, Fernando Meirelles
Editor: Cláudia Rita Oliveira
Cinematographer: Daniel Neves
Principal Cast: José Saramago, Pilar del Río, Gael García Bernal, Fernando Meirelles
Filmography: Floripes (2005), A Batalha dos Três Reis (2005), Autografia (2004)
Print Source: Outsider Pictures - www.outsiderpictures.us

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