Interview - Filipe Duarte
Interview with Filipe Duarte (Private Luis)
How did you prepare for the character of Luis?
I had a year to prepare since the casting until we started to film. It allowed me to have enough time to watch documentaries, photos and have meetings with the director, Margarida Cardoso, who I know since the beginning what she wanted from my character.
In the film, the Portuguese society of the 60s is portrayed with sparks of machismo, is that image true to reality?
They film portrays the men and women of high society while they waited in a hotel for news about the war but did nothing. Portugal was under a fascist regime and the war was consequence of a colonialist policy. Machismo? Yes, it's rather normal in Portugal, unfortunately we're not the best example on that. However, I think that the film portrays more than that. It shows the perverse games of women who accepted that subjugation from the point of view of a military society.
What do Portuguese normal people think about that war that led to Mozambique independence?
I'm against any kind of war or colonialism policy. I portrayed a soldier bamboozled by a model. He was, at the same time, losing his innocence, his light, and at the end, his life.
What did you find most challenging about filming The Murmuring Coast?
The best challenge was to hold a smile in a really sad film.
Are you involved in any filming projects at the moment? Can you tell us a bit about it?
I'm currently filming two short films. I'm always looking for films like The Murmuring coast to develop my acting skills.