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The Mystery of Sintra

The Mystery of Sintra

The Mystery of Sintra

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The Mystery of Sintra (O Mistério da Estrada de Sintra, 2007)

Director: Jorge Paixão da Costa
Cast: Ivo Canelas, António Pedro Cerdeira, Bruna Di Tullio


What can you expect when literature takes over reality? Two writers tell that story in the Portugal of the 19th century and prove that sometimes the characters of a story can drive their author's life forever in a rather supernatural way. Enjoy The Mystery of Sintra on Eurochannel.

Directed by the Portuguese filmmaker and producer Jorge Paixão da Costa (famous in his homeland due to his different awarded TV series), The Mystery of Sintra is a film based on the namesake story by Eça de Queirós and Ramalho Ortigão. The gripping tale was considered the first romantic whodunit and caused commotion among the aristocratic society at the time of its publication, as depicted in the film.

As a reflection on the morality and values of the 19th century in Portugal, the film questions if fiction could be created from real persons and facts. Juxtaposing love relationships with the pleasure of the forbidden, The Mystery of Sintra delivers a satirical critique of the romantic Portuguese society of the 19th century.

Eurochannel welcomes you to an era of treachery and duels in a society of snobs, where despite all the odds, love still reigns.


Summer of 1870. Two writers, Eça de Queiroz and Ramalho Ortigão, decide to write a four-handed whodunit for the daily "Diário de Notícias".

Could it be that the story they wrote as fiction is based on a real case? This question fuels the conflict between the two writers and drives them to a nearly fatal duel. Lisbon is in commotion. One crime follows another in a story in which love is stronger than tradition.

Everything happens at a frenzied pace, as in a game. "The Mystery of Sintra" defies all conventions - it is a bitter comedy of manners and a biting critique of the romantic Portuguese society of the nineteenth century.

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