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CAPTAINS OF APRIL

by Maria De Medeiros

synopsis

On the night between 24 and 25 April 1974, in Portugal, a prohibited song is transmitted on the radio: “Grândola". It could be a sign of protest made by an opposing journalist, but in fact it represents a ‘go ahead’ for a military “coup d’état” which will deeply change the country and several, vast territories in Africa. The officers of MFA (Armed Force Movement) are in their early thirties and are all Captains, except for one man who is a Major. They are tired of witnessing and experiencing a colonial war that This group of men finally causes the fall of a strongly established European dictatorship - the fascist regime lasted for forty years in Portugal.

international title: Captains of April
original title: Capitães de Abril
country: Portugal, France, Italy, Spain
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Maria De Medeiros
film run: 123'
release date: PT 21/04/2000, FR 24/01/2001, BE 28/02/2001, NL 26/04/2001, ES 27/04/2001, IT 11/01/2002
screenplay: Maria De Medeiros, Eve Deboise
cast: Stefano Accorsi, Maria De Medeiros, Joaquim De Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot, Fele Martínez, António Vitorino D'Almeida
cinematography by: Michel Abramowicz
film editing: Jacques Witta
art director: Guy-Claude François, Augusti Camps-Salat
costumes designer: Sabine Daigeler
music: António Vitorino D'Almeida
producer: Jacques Bidou
production: Alia Film, JBA Production, Mutante Filmes, Filmart (Spain)
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
distributor: Sharada, Cinemien, Rezo Films, Wanda Visión
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