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AMALIA THE MOVIE



Portugal, 2008, 35mm - Color - 127

DIRECTED BY:
Carlos Coelho da Silva

CAST:
Sandra Barata Belo, Ricardo Pereira, Ana Padrão

SCREENPLAY:
PEDRO MARTA SANTOS/ JOÃO TORDO

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Carlos Santana

EDITING:
Ricardo mesquita

SET DESIGN:
Augusto Mayer

MUSIC:
Nuno Maló

PRODUCER:
Manuel S. Fonseca

PRODUCTION:
VC FILMES

WORLD SALES:
VC MULTIMEDIA

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Amalia- the movie is the biography of the Portuguese Fado singing legend Amalia Rodrigues. Loved by millions, but haunted by the early loss of her sister, Amalia’s life is wrapped in passion, grief, and political turmoil. She was hounded throughout her life by a profound sense of her own mortality, but still fought her way out of a poverty stricken childhood and found international fame through the distinctive beauty of fado music. Amalia - the biggest film production ever to emerge from Portugal - charts a life marked by tragedy; driven by loneliness; and fraught with personal demons; but which was defined by a phenomenal singing talent that transcended a nation and touched millions of fans across the world.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

With a degree in Media Arts (Film, Video Production and Directing) at New Jersey City University (USA), he presently works as Content Head and Director at Valentim de Carvalho Filmes. Carlos Coelho da Silva has an extensive curriculum as film director, having directed short-films, feature-length films and documentaries, and also as television director, where he has directed several series, soap operas, reality shows, quiz shows and musicals. Among the projects directed by Carlos Coelho da Silva, is O Crime do Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro) (direction and film adaptation), Portuguese cinema’s greatest box-office success, which was also adapted for television, in the form of a 4-episode mini-series.

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