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The Black Book

Le Cahier Noir

A film by Valeria Sarmiento

Starring Lou de Laâge, Stanislas Merhar, Niels Schneider, Jenna Thiam

The story of the adventures, in the twilight of the eighteenth century, of a singular couple formed by a little orphan with mysterious origins and his young Italian nurse of a similarly uncertain birth.

They lead us in their wake, from Rome to Paris, from Lisbon to London, from Parma to Venice.

Always followed in the shadows, for obscure reasons, by a suspicious-looking Calabrian and a troubling cardinal, they make us explore the dark intrigues of the Vatican, the pangs of a fatal passion, a gruesome duel, banter at the court of Versailles and the convulsions of the French Revolution.

  • 2018, France / Portugal - Period-drama

Release date


Lou de Laâge
Stanislas Merhar
Niels Schneider
Jenna Thiam
Fleur Fitoussi    
David Caracol
Vasco Varela da Silva
Tiago Varela da Silva

With special participation by 

Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
And a friendly participation by

Victoria Guerra, Joana Ribeiro and Catarina Wallenstein


Screenplay Carlos Saboga
Freely based on the novel “Livro Negro de Padre Dinis” by Camilo Castelo Branco
Original music Jorge Arriagada
Cinematography Acácio de Almeida
Sound Carlos Mota, Miguel Martins
Film Editing Luca Alverdi
Art Direction Isabel Branco
Assistant Directors Paulo Mil Homens, António Pinhão Botelho
Executive Production Ana Pinhão Moura
Co-Producer Carlos Bedran

Produced by Paulo Branco
A co-production Leopardo Filmes, Alfama Films Production
In association with CB Partners, APM Produções
And participation of Cine +, RTP
With the support of Procirep, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Lisboa Film Commission

  • San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018

    Official Competition

News about The Black Book

THE BLACK BOOK by Valeria Sarmiento in Official Competition at San Sebastian

THE BLACK BOOK, latest film by Valeria Sarmiento, will be in competition for the Golden Shell at the International Film Festival of San Sebastián 2018. The Festival will take place between the 21st and 29th of September. The film will be released in France on October the 3rd.

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