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
Screenplay LEONOR PINHÃO
DoP LISA PERSSON
Sound RICARDO LEAL, TIAGO RAPOSINHO, PEDRO GÓIS
Art director PAULA SZABO
Costumes LUCHA D’OREY
Editor PAULO MIL HOMENS
Original music PAULO FURTADO aka THE LEGENDARY TIGERMAN
Executive production ANA PINHÃO MOURA, AURÉLIO LE BON
Produced by LEOPARDO FILMES
In co-production with
APM Actions Per Minute Produções
With the support of Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual
Instituto Nacional Audiovisual e Cinema
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Lisboa Film Commission
Conselho Municipal de Maputo
Camões - Centro Cultural Português em Maputo
Hotel Pestana Rovuma
Cofina Media S.A.
and the financial support of Rádio e Televisão de Portugal
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.