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52nd edition


Fortnight 1969, Feature film,


Two friends give up their dreams of becoming priests and eventually marry to hopefully lead fulfilling lives with their respective spouses. One man wishes to become a father and is initially delighted. Suspicions grow that he is not the father of the child, as he suspects his old friend and his own wife of infidelity. His suspicions soon become obsessions, but he keeps his feelings inside. When his friend drowns, his wife grieves at the man’s casket. The surviving friend gives his son poison and takes some himself as he finally reveals his fears to his already sad wife. His wife denies the allegations, but she is left alone and the truth is known only to her in this tragic story of jealousy and possessive obsession.


Paulo Cezar Saraceni

He was born in Rio de Janeiro. After studying Law, he became a film critic and headed the review Revista Latina. From 1954, he directed and performed many plays. In 1959, he started his carreer in cinema and directed 19 films ( short, medium and full length ) awarded in national and international festivals. The French Film Institute presented his work in 1966 and1973; his movies were also shown in Berlin and Lisbon. He founded with others the cinema novo. Natal da Portela is his tenth feature film. His film Capitu was shown at The Directors’ Fortnight’s first edition.