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North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY Vicente Alves do Ó

Country: Portugal
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 109min
Film Year: 2017
Category: HBO Ibero American Competition

Five years after his film about author Florbela Espanca, Portuguese writer-director Vicente Alves do Ô returns to literary portraiture with this transfixing depiction of the poet Al Berto as a young man navigating a time of sweeping transition for his country.

It is 1975, and Al Berto has returned to his hometown of Sines after studying aborad. Squatting in the mansion taken from his family during the revolution, Al Berto and his friends begin cultivating a bohemian scene in Sines, one rife with flamboyant displays of artistic and sexual freedoms—and stoking the ire of local conservatives.

Based on the journals of Alves do Ô’s own late brother João Maria, a friend and lover of the legendary poet, Al Berto evokes its period in exquisite detail and pays tribute to the boldness of youth in the face of oppressive reactionary forces.


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Director: Vicente Alves do Ó
Producer: Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola
Screenwriter: Vicente Alves do Ó

Music: Pedro Janela
Cinematographer: Rui Poças
Editor: Hugo Santiago

Cast: Ricardo Teixeira, José Pimentão, Raquel Rocha Vieira, José Leite, Joana Almeida

Vicente Alves do Ó

Vicente Alves do Ó is a screenwriter and director from Portugal. His films include Quinza Pontos na Alma (11), Florbela (12) and O Amor é Lindo… Porque Sim! (16). Al Berto (17) is his latest film.