Os Faroleiros, Maurice Mariaud, 1922
The restored version of this rarity of Portuguese silent cinema has its world premiere at Batalha. Presented in the form of a film-concert, this work is accompanied by a new and specially-commissioned sound composition by Daniel Moreira, performed live by the British string ensemble The Arditti Quartet.
In this drama — an ambitious 1920s production restored within the scope of FILMar project, operated by the Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema, under the EEAGrants 2020–2024 Financial Mechanism — we follow a fatal love triangle.
We follow a dramatic love triangle between Rosa, living in the lighthouse after her father drowned at sea, the lighthouse keeper João Vidal, for whom she harbours feelings, and another lighthouse keeper who is consumed by jealousy.
Shot on the troubled waters where the Tagus meets the Atlantic and directed by Maurice Mariaud (who also plays the role of João Vidal), Os Faroleiros was lost for decades, only to be found at Palácio do Bolhão in Porto in 1993 — where the company of producer Raul de Caldevilla, a pioneer of advertising films in Portugal, had its headquarters.
Composition Daniel Moreira
Performed by The Arditti Quartet