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by João Botelho


Everything good or bad that happens to us "down here" is written "up there". This is the phrase most loved by Tiago (a translation of Jacques, because it comes from the saints), a chauffeur by profession, in order to justify his surprising action when he drives his boss through a strange Portugal in the delirious and endless story of his love-affairs.
Multiple narratives for disturbing adventures, sex and power on the surface and in the most obscure part of the brain, power and knowledge in outright war, the class struggle as the driving engine of the world and the revelation of men and women’s behaviour and the consequence of their actions.

international title: THE FATALIST
original title: O FATALISTA
country: Portugal, France
sales agent: Gémini Films
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: João Botelho
film run: 99'
release date: FR 05/04/2006
screenplay: João Botelho, Based upon Jacques Le Fataliste by Denis Diderot
cast: Rogério Samora, André Gomes, Rita Blanco, Suzanna Borges, Rui Morrison, José Wallenstein
cinematography by: Edmundo Diaz
film editing: Renata Sancho
art director: Catarina Amaro
costumes designer: Isabel Branco
producer: Paulo Branco
production: Madragoa Filmes, Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual (ICA), RTP - Radiotelevisão Portuguesa, Gémini Films (FR)
distributor: Gémini Films

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Venice 2005 Official Competition

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