“The Domain / A Herdade took about 10 years to make. Through the intimate view of a family, it shows a glimpse of the Portuguese society before and after the Carnation revolution that ended the dictatorship we were living in. It is a very special film for us the makers. The movie portrays the reality of certain families which existed in South Portugal. The idea came from a very deep desire of producer Paulo Branco to make a movie on an imperfect character.”
These were words by Actor Joao Pedro Mamede while addressing a press conference today, January 22, 2021 at the 51st International Film Festival of India, in Panaji, Goa. The film was officially selected to Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and is Portugal’s official entry for the Oscars. The film had its Indian Premiere at IFFI 51 yesterday, in the International Competition category.
Directed by Tiago Guedes, the film chronicles the story of a family which owns one of the largest estates in Europe, on the south bank of the River Tagus in Portugal. It portrays the historical, political, economic and social life of Portugal since the 1940s, right from the Carnation Revolution to the present day. Noted Portugese actor Albano Geronimo has played the leading role of João Fernandes.
“The movie begins in 1945, the revolution happens in 1970 and the film goes on till 1990s. The location of the movie is in a real estate.” said Mamede
When asked about Portugal’s colonial regime in Goa and the Goa – Portugal connection, Mamede said: “Our Prime Minister has his roots in Goa. I don’t know much about the colonial history. But I understand that there is a great Portuguese influence on Goan architecture.” He added that he really wants to know more about the history. “There is a big past to walk in terms of colonial history of both countries”.
The Carnation Revolution is the 1974 military coup in Lisbon which led to the fall of the Estado Novo regime, and led eventually to a series of events resulting in a democratic Portugal.