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The Jester
The Jester
232 Ratings


Over a sleepless night in 1978, Francisco and Rita meet up to remember João, a recently murdered childhood friend. João had belonged to a subversive leftist group during the dictatorship, and was a film producer who had been filming an adaptation of Alexandre Herculano’s drama The Jester.

Our take

José Álvaro Morais theatrically transforms Alexandre Herculano’s 1843 novel before our eyes in his Golden Leopard-winning first feature. Set in the abandoned Lisboa Filmes film studio, The Jester imaginatively ruminates on national identity, engaging with entire centuries of Portuguese history.