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The Dead Queen is the most-viewed Portuguese film of the year

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- António Ferreira’s latest feature is set in three different time periods and premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival last September

The Dead Queen is the most-viewed Portuguese film of the year
The Dead Queen by António Ferreira

António Ferreira’s drama The Dead Queen [+see also:
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is the most-viewed Portuguese film of the year, as it has recently surpassed the remarkable threshold of 45,600 admissions. This is an important result for a domestic movie in a relatively small film market such as Portugal. Ferreira’s feature is followed by Luís Ismael’s action flick Bad Investigate [+see also:
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(45,422 admissions), and Gonçalo Galvão Teles and Jorge Paixão da Costa’s war drama Soldado Milhões [+see also:
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 (27,379 admissions), as confirmed by the data released by the Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, the country’s film agency.

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The movie is an adaptation of A Trança de Inês, written by late author Rosa Lobato de Faria, and inspired by the historical events relating to Portuguese king Dom Pedro, who exhumed his mistress, Inês de Castro, in order to make her into a queen posthumously. In particular, the script, penned by Ferreira himself, tells the story of Dom Pedro (Diogo Amaral), a man admitted to a psychiatric hospital for travelling by car with the corpse of his beloved, and is set in three different periods – namely, the 14th century, the modern day and a dystopian future. The main cast includes actors Joana de Verona (Amor Amor [+see also:
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), Vera Kolodzig (Trilho), Cristovão Campos (Twist of Fate [+see also:
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), João Lagarto (Apparition [+see also:
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) and Miguel Borges (Black Heart [+see also:
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), among others. The drama was produced by the Portuguese and Brazilian divisions of Persona Non Grata Pictures and Coimbra-based Diálogos Atómicos, in association with MPM Film (France), domestic outfit Riot Films and Refinaria Filmes (Brazil).

To date, The Dead Queen has earned €182,130 at the national box office and has had 1,864 screenings; Bad Investigate has grossed €241,813 (2,354 screenings) and Soldado Milhões €119,479 (1,770 screenings). Nevertheless, the animated Pixar film Incredibles 2 remains at the top of the overall box-office chart, with over 605,000 admissions and a profit of €3,188,042 (15,596 screenings). 

The Dead Queen has been released across 40 screens and is being distributed by Nós Audiovisuais in Portugal and Pandora Filmes in Brazil.

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