After its world premiere at the San Sebastián festival, Portuguese director Marco Martins’ latest film ‘Great Yarmouth – Provisional Figures’ opens in theaters nationwide on March 16. A gritty, gritty film that delves into the darkness of an English seaside town over 1 hour and 53 minutes.
The study started five years ago. Marco Martins traveled to the Portuguese community of Great Yarmouth (starting with the play ‘Temporary Figures’ which premiered at the Norwich Festival in 2018), with the aim of finding the perfect story. He did so, giving birth to a story about the decline of this city, which is occupied by dark, cold colors, which, even if this does not happen, it seems that it is always night.
The film’s action takes place in 2019 (three months before Brexit) and stars Tania as the heroine, with Beatriz Batarda bringing a character to life). Tania and her English husband Richard, played by Chris Hitchens, in ‘Sorry We Missed You’ by Ken Loach, employ Portuguese workers in local factories and install them in decadent hotels on the Golden Mile on the Great Waterfront. Yarmouth – Once an important tourist center, it ended up as a haven for illegal immigrant workers (waiting to be legalized) from Portugal.
The main character, nicknamed ‘Mother’ by all, and her close friend and right-hand man, played by actor Romeo Runa – the keeper of the racing greyhounds – serve as “middlemen”, whose function is to provide a hand – cheap wages to the nearest poultry slaughterhouse.
But Tania has a dream: she wants to replace the squalid conditions, dirty walls, sick smelling, ill-lit hotels with the savings she gets from enslaving others and stealing from her own husband. Tourist hostel for retired senior citizens.
Her life takes a turn when she meets an immigrant man, played by Nuno Lopes, and Rita Cabaço, played by Rita Cabaço, to work, find their brother and husband. No more news from him.
The writing of the script, shared with Ricardo Adolfo (“São Jorge”), was inspired by events, testimonies and statements the director collected from Portuguese workers at Bernard Mathews (the largest turkey slaughtering and transformation factory in the region) and citizens. The British in the pre-Brexit years.
The film also featured several non-professional actors (Portuguese immigrants and residents of Great Yarmouth).
I am proud of the work of the actress Bruno Nogueira praised his wife Beatrice Batarda on his Instagram on Monday. “The most devastating work I’ve seen her debut this week. Kudos to everyone involved in this film in the form of Beatrice,” the artist wrote.
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