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LE COUVENT
In Competition – Feature Films

O CONVENTO

Directed by : Manoel DE OLIVEIRA

Country : PORTUGAL Length : 90 minutes

Synopsis

Professor Michael Padovic is an American researcher working on a thesis destined to prove that Shakespeare was of Spanish, not British, ancestry. He is missing certain essential documents, which he supposes are to be found in the archives of the ancient convent of Arrabida. Michael and Hélène Padovic's host at the convent, is its guardian, a disturbing character named Baltar. There is something mysterious about Hélène, Michael's wife, which captivates Baltar. In order to divert her husband's attention, he suggests that the Professor employ the convent's new archivist, Piedade, as his assistant. The fact Piedade is young and beautiful increases the general tension, serving both Baltar's diabolical purposes and Hélène's subtle manipulation. The situation becomes increasingly bizarre, culmina

Credits

Manoel DE OLIVEIRA - Director

Manoel DE OLIVEIRA - Script / Dialogue

Mário BARROSO - Cinematography

Toshiro MAYUZUMI - Music

Igor STRAVINSKI - Music

Sofia GUBAIDULINA - Music

Manoel DE OLIVEIRA - Film Editor

Valérie LOISELEUX - Film Editor

Maria José BRANCO - Set decorator

Casting

Catherine DENEUVE - Hélène

John MALKOVICH - Michael

Leonor SILVEIRA - Piedade

Heloisa MIRANDA - Berta

Gilberto GONCALVES - Pescador

Duarte ALMEIDA - Baltazar

Luís Miguel CINTRA - Baltar

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O CONVENTO

Professor Michael Padovic is an American researcher working on a thesis destined to prove that Shakespeare was of Spanish, not British, ancestry. He i...
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