The chronicle of a family that owns one of the largest estates in Europe, on the south bank of the River Tagus. The Domain delves deeply into the secrets of their homestead, portraying the historical, political, economic and social life of Portugal, since the 1940s, through the Carnation revolution to these days.
JOÃO PEDRO MAMEDE
ANA VILELA DA COSTA
CATARINA RÔLO SALGUEIRO
RUI CARDOSO MARTINS
With the collaboration of
JOÃO LANÇA MORAIS (Janeko)
PAULO MIL HOMENS
ANTÓNIO PINHÃO BOTELHO
A LEOPARDO FILMES
and ALFAMA FILMS PRODUCTION co-production
In association with
ANA PINHÃO MOURA PRODUÇÕES
With the support of
ICA Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual
Fundo de Apoio ao Turismo e Cinema
RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal
Venice Film Festival
Official Selection - In Competition
Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection - Special Presentations
Portuguese candidate for a nomination
Premios Goya 2020
Portuguese candidate for a nomination
34º Mostra deValència
Göteborg Film Festival 2020
Dublin Film Festival 2020
25th Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris
41st Cairo International Film Festival
Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana
Minsk International Film Festival Listapad
Tallin Black Night Film Festival - PÖFF
The burden of heritage
What makes us who we are?
The choices and options we take throughout life define us, but we carry on with us matters we don’t understand neither control. Something that makes us be and act, something that was born with us, and that was passed on to us, something we inherited. This film is about those invisible ties that define us and limit our behaviour.
The scenery of the film works almost as a metaphor for everything that happens to the protagonist, a charismatic man, one of those who are bigger than life. Both man and land are grand and imperial at the beginning, but as the events take place, they start to reveal their imperfections, their grey zones, and both start to collapse.
The Domain is kind of a huge isle inside a country dominated by a fascist dictatorship. It’s like a kingdom dominated by a progressive and a charismatic anarchist prince. But he will inevitably collide with the people’s will to change. A collision with the changes of history, with the passage of time. I actually do want to film these human and territorial transformations. Its consequences.
The landscape of The Domain will be the discovery of the immense marshlands and latifundia of Tagus’ south bank. A singular view: the earthy hill, the barns, the cornfields, the horses, the lakes in the sun will be the historical, political, financial stage of Portugal in the last 60 years, going through the Carnation Revolution (25th April 1974). They will also be the space of the obscure actions of the film characters consumed by their torments, social biases, greed, love and mismatches.
The universe of The Domain sends us back to several films I deeply love. Films of open spaces, westerns lost in the middle of nowhere with enigmatic characters who carry secrets, as in Leone’s and Anthony Mann’s films. At the same time, human relationships are explored in a way that is similar to the melodramas of Minelli and Kazan’s classic films.
A film of strong characters, great actors, strong interpretations, and the greatness of the landscapes that envelop them, and the consequences of the secrets they carry. The heritage left to us and the heritage we leave to others.
News about A Herdade - The Domain
THE DOMAIN (A Herdade) keeps adding up
After the world première at the Venice Film Festival’s Competition, where it went on to TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, The Domain, by Tiago Guedes, is the Portuguese candidate for a Goya Awards nomination in 2020, as well as the Portuguese candidate for an Oscar nomination for Best International Feature Film.
The Domain, by Tiago Guedes: TV series version bought by ARTE France
The Domain, a feature by Tiago Guedes originated a TV series, co-produced with RTP, that was later purchased by ARTE France. Divided in three episodes of about one hour each, it's the first TV series by a Portuguese director acquired by this prestigious channel, and it will be on air in the end of 2020.
The Domain (A Herdade) hailed by international critics
After its selection in the official competition in Venice, where it was acclaimed by a long standing ovation, today is the day of the press and industry screening of The Domain at the TIFF-Toronto International Film Festival. The official exhibition will happen next Tuesday, on the 10th of September, in the Special Presentation section, the most important program of the TIFF. The Domain is the first Portuguese movie to be featured in this section.
An extraordinary saga by Tiago Guedes
João Barrento, Jornal de Letras, Artes e Ideias
Remarkable portrait of a patriarchal fiefdom gradually being eaten away from both outside and in
Lee Marshall, Screen International
A torrential film. An ambitious oeuvre
Andrea Chimento, Il Sole 24 Ore
João Lança Morais’s cinematography has an undeniable formal beauty
Jay Weissberg, Variety
A Herdade is an artistic victory, while looking in eyes the audience
Marta Santos, Revista Sábado
Guedes finds precisely the right tone for the material, which is slightly starker than pure realism. It lifts the clan and its troubles from their everyday plane into the realm of something more timeless and almost mythical, much like [Eça de] Queiroz
Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
A great tittle of the Competition (…) It is extraordinary to see [Tiago] Guedes' film at its exponential 164-minute length, all at once, immersed in the immensity of the silent and wonderful nature, suspended in the fluctuation of time
Davide Turrini, Il Fatto Quotidiano
Portuguese cinema proves that it is very much alive, in the endless process of resistance that it has been distinguished for
Eduardo Dâmaso, Sábado