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OSCARS 2019 Portugal

Portugal enters the Oscars race with Peregrinação

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- João Botelho’s latest film is also vying for the Goya Awards

Portugal enters the Oscars race with Peregrinação
Peregrinação by João Botelho

Peregrinação [+see also:
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 by João Botelo is Portugal’s candidate for both the Oscars and the Goya Awards in 2019, the Portuguese Film Academy announced yesterday.

Starring Cláudio da SilvaPeregrinação is loosely based on the book of the same name by Fernão Mendes Pinto, first printed in 1614, which is a compilation of chronicles about Portuguese sailors’ adventures in the East, supposedly experienced by its author over a period of nearly 20 years. Botelho’s adaptation, however, includes several aspects that are not part of the book, such as the family life of the adventurer once he gets back to the motherland. It is also an unexpectedly musical experience, with a choir playing a group of sailors.

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Produced by Ar de FilmesPeregrinação was released in November 2017 and became the seventh most-seen Portuguese title of last year, with nearly 21,000 admissions and grossing €106,004 – impressive but still quite a low figure compared to Botelho’s previous literary adaption, The Maias – Story of a Portuguese Family [+see also:
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, which grossed nearly €600,000 in 2014.

The Goya Awards will be handed out on 2 February 2019, while the Oscars ceremony is due to take place on 24 February.

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