Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

My Baby
(A Filha)

Year: 2003
Country: PORTUGAL, SWEDEN
Run Time: 90 minutes

In a case of life imitating fiction, a well-known Portugese TV producer was embroiled in a pedophilia scandal shortly after Solveig Nordlund finished filming MY BABY, a taut domestic noir with a hauntingly-similar premise. Ricardo Monteiro, an award-winning network producer known for his confrontational programs, dallies too long with one of his mistresses and is late (again) for the birthday of his motherless daughter Leonor. When he can't find her, he starts asking questions - and hears accounts of the girl's truancy from school, promiscuity, and nocturnal routine of decadence and drugs. Sara, one of Leonor's peers, exploits the father's desperate search. She pretends to help him look for Leonor, but in fact she's scheming to replace the runaway. Much like the starlets at Ricardo's casting couch, Sara will do anything for fame. Then we notice the essence of Ricardo's highly-rated reality TV' shows like "Quarto Escuro" (the Dark Room), the cruel psychological games they play. And we wonder who is the real victim here. (In Portugese with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Solveig Nordlung, Tommy Karlmark, M?rio de Carvalho, Vincent Alves do

Producer
Manuel Jo?o ?quas

Cinematography
Ac?cio de Almeida

Editing
Stefan Sundl?f

Principal Cast
Nuno Melo, Joana B?rcia, Margarida Marinho, Cecilia Guimaraes, Jo?o Cardoso, Isabel Mu?oz Cardoso, Ana Zanatti

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