The story takes place near Lisbon, in the middle of the 16th century. Bela, an adopted young man, tries to find his place in a free but lonely family of a society who hides many secrets.
Starring Grégory Gadebois, Loïc Corbery, João Arrais, Maria João Pinho
Maria João Pinho
Inês Pires Tavares
Screenplay and direction: Marguerite de Hillerin and Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois
Freely adapted from The Foundling by Heinrich von Kleist
Direction of photography: Mário Barroso
Art direction: Zé Branco
Costumes: Lucha D’Orey
1st Assistant director: Raquel Teixeira
Sound: Francisco Veloso and David Badalo
Production manager: Catarina Alves
Producer: Paulo Branco
A Leopardo Filmes (PT) production
In co-production with Alfama Films Production (FR)
With financial support of
Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual
Rádio e Televisão de Portugal
Marguerite de Hillerin
Marguerite de Hillerin studied theater and litterature. She then joined the Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris. At the same time, she worked as an administrator and a producer with Le Festin, a national theater company.
Her first experience in the movie business was during the shooting of Sommeil de la terre (Slumber of the earth) by Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois, in which she played. From then on, both of them never stopped comparing their ideas, imagining new stories and new ways of telling them. They both directed Au Mont (At the Mount) and Les Ruines en été (Ruins in summer), whose themes such as the disappearance, loss and replacement match those of L’Enfant (The Child).
Felix Dutilloy-Liégois studied modern letter and theater. He directed several short movies alongside his apprenticeship at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Ciné Fabrique in Lyon where he deepened his approach to screenplay and directing. During the spring of 2018, he wrote and directed with Marguerite de Hillerin Au Mont (At the Mount). In August 2019, they directed a medium-length film, Les Ruines en été (Ruins in summer) which chronicles the return of a brother to a family bereaved by the son's death. This film allows the duo to discuss certain fundamental themes of The Child.