RUTH is a film about the society of metropolitan Portugal and its African colonies at the beginning of the 1960’s. This is the story of a young Mozambican footballer called Eusébio, a gifted athlete destined to great achievements, coveted by rival clubs, Sporting and Benfica, which ends up hiring him. Blackmail, kidnapping attempts, ministers involved, press hysteria and huge money offers make the story of this football transfer into a saga evolving between the two continents. It ends up when the legend begins: with Eusébio’s first match at the Benfica Stadium.
Director António PINHÃO BOTELHO
Scenario Leonor PINHÃO
Produced by Paulo BRANCO
LEOPARDO Filmes (PT)
APM actions per minute Produções (PT)
MAPIKO Filmes (MZ)
ANTÓNIO PINHÃO BOTELHO
Born in Lisbon in 1986.
In 2008, he won the Brett Rattner Scholarship which allowed him to register for the New York Film Academy. In 2009, he received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation / Luso American Foundation to continue his studies in the United States.
During this period, he has written, produced and performed dozens of short films, having won several awards in Portugal and the United States.
He returned to Lisbon in 2012 and since then has made hundreds of daily, weekly, mini-series programs, talk shows, humor, sports and advertising programs.
Ruth is his first feature film.