Mãos no fogo

Hands in the Fire
The young film student Maria do Mar is working on a documentary about the old manor houses along the Douro River. It is the final project in her thesis on “Reality in Cinema”. Maria has an unlimited confidence in what is visible. Her candour and her naivety allow her to see the bright side of life – such as the beauty of the landscape and the authenticity of the place, or what’s left of it. But when Maria enters the final manor house on her list, she soon realises that something is going on in this house that is not as innocent as it first seemed. The manor is truly a house of horrors.
by Margarida Gil
with Carolina Campanela, Marcello Urgeghe, Adelaida Teixeira, Rita Durão, Sofia Vilariço
Portugal 2024 Portuguese, Subtitles: English 109' Colour World premiere


  • Carolina Campanela (Maria do Mar)
  • Marcello Urgeghe (Leonardo)
  • Adelaida Teixeira (Céu)
  • Rita Durão (Lou)
  • Sofia Vilariço (Flora)
  • Ricardo Aibéo (Manoel)
  • Sara Santos (Gracinha)
  • Elgar do Rosário (Manuelinho)
  • Dinis Gomes (Samuel)
  • Fátima Serafim (Grocery Shop Customer)
  • André Gomes (Ferdinando)
  • João Nunes (Silvestre)
  • Francisco Vistas (Lourenço)


DirectorMargarida Gil
ScreenplayMargarida Gil
CinematographyAcácio de Almeida
EditingJoão Braz
MusicDaniel Bernardes
Sound DesignPaulo Abelho
SoundRicardo Ganhão
Production DesignCarlos Subtil
CostumesDino Alves
Make-UpNuno Esteves (Blue)
CastingPedro Ramalhete
ProducerAlexandre Oliveira

Produced by

Ar de Filmes Lda.

Lissabon, Portugal

ardefilmes.org ardefilmes.org

World Sales

Pedro Ramalhete

Lissabon, Portugal

Margarida Gil

Born in Covilhã, Portugal in 1950, she studied German philology in Lisbon. As a filmmaker, she can look back on a career spanning over 30 years with films including Relação Fiel e Verdadeira, which screened at Venice, and Rosa Negra, which was presented at Locarno. She was married to the director João César Monteiro and worked closely with him as an actor, screenwriter and assistant director. In 2005, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rome International Film Festival.


1987 Relação Fiel e Verdadeira 1992 Rosa Negra 1998 O Anjo da Guarda (Guardian Angel) 2005 Adriana 2010 Perdida Mente 2012 Paixão (Passion) 2019 Mar (Sea) 2024 Mãos no fogo (Hands in the Fire)

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