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SAN SEBASTIAN — Sales house The Match Factory is launching exclusively via Variety the trailer of “Patrick,” Gonçalo Waddington’s debut feature, as the film world premieres in the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Festival.
Screening in main competition, “Patrick” recounts the story of an eight-year old Portuguese boy, Mario, who is re-discovered years later after being imprisoned in a Parisian jail, aged 20, now called Patrick. It is loosely inspired by the true-life story of an 11-year old child called Rui Pedro who was abducted in Portugal in 1998 and never found.
Patrick - Criminal - Mark - Artist - Paris
Patrick has become a borderline criminal who lives with Mark, a 45-year old artist in Paris, having been involved in child pornography since his abduction. He must choose between a lengthy prison sentence or returning to his family in Portugal where, because of his abduction, he would be given a much softer sentence.
Lead actor Hugo Fernandes, a French thesp of Portuguese origin, previously starred in Danièle Thompson’s “Cezanne and Me.”
Co-production - O - Som - Fúria - Portugal
A Portuguese-German co-production between O Som e a Fúria, one of Portugal’s leading production companies, and Augenschein Filmproduktion, the film also involves German and Portuguese public broadcasters ZDF/Arte and RTP.
It’s also been supported by the Portuguese Film and Audiovisual Institute, ICA, the Portuguese cash-rebate scheme, Eurimages, NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia), DFFF (German Federal Film Fund) and Creative Europe.
Patrick - Interest - Debut - Feature - Berlinale
“Patrick” has attracted significant interest for a debut feature. It was selected for the Berlinale co-production market in early 2016, and then took part in the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop, where the makers were mentored by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari, which made it possible to put together a...
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