Archive Cinema City 2012.

Blood of My Blood

Sangue do Meu Sangue

Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal
Year: 2011
Duration: 140 min

Director: João Canijo
Scenario: João Canijo

Cast: Rita Blanco, Anabela Moreira, Rafael Morais, Marcello Urgeghe, Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda, Cleia Almeida, Fernando Luís, Francisco Tavares, Vera Barreto, Teresa Tavares, Teresa Madruga, João Vaz

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Magnificently acted and orchestrated, João Canijo’s family saga, Blood of My Blood, depicts the harshness of life in inner city Lisbon and the sacrifices that two women are willing to make for their family. Marcia is determined to end the cycle of poverty for her family and when she discovers that her daughter is dating an older professor, she will stop at nothing to end this unwelcome relationship.


Film Award - Best Actress (Rita Blanco), Best Director (João Canijo), Best Original Screenplay (João Canijo), Grande Prémio "Cidade de Coimbra" João Canijo, Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português (2011), Grand Jury Prize, Special Mention, Miami Film Festival (2012), FIPRESCI Prize, TVE Otra Mirada Award - Special Mention, San Sebastián International Film Festival (2011)


João Canijo (born 1957) is a Portuguese film director. His film Get a Life was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Canijo is one of the most prominent Portugese filmmakers and stage directors of his generation. From 1980 to 1985 he worked as an assistant director to Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Alain Tanner and Werner Schroeter, among others. In 1988, his first film Three Less Me was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival. Since then his other films, such as Her Mother’s Daughter (1990), Black Shoes(1998), and Get a Life (2001), have met a significant success with the critics as well as the public in Portugal.