The film will be screened on Thursday, 5 April, 2018, at Kingston Hall (Queen’s University), room 201 at 7:30 PM for a Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLCU) “International Film Night” program event.
It is a dramatic account of a story of a desperate man trying to survive during the financial crisis of the Portuguese bailout. Even though this is a fictional story, the film depicts the very real struggles that the Portuguese people were going through during the “years of the Troika (2011-2014)”. In 2011, Portugal began the so-called “year of the Troika” (EU, IMF and ECB budget cuts and economic restructuring), with the level of debt among the Portuguese people reaching staggering amounts and a growing number of families and companies unable to repay their installment loans. Jorge is an unemployed boxer on the verge of losing his son and his wife, who has decided to return to Brazil. As a means of paying off his debt and persuading his wife to remain in Portugal, Jorge accepts a job with a debt-collection agency, which will drag him into a world of violence and crime.
The film is spoken in Portuguese, but it will have English subtitles, and stars Nuno Lopes, who won the Best Actor award in the category Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival.