Venice 2016 – Horizons
Venice 2016 – Winner – Best Actor (Orizzonti)
Drowning in debt, unemployed boxer Jorge is on the verge of losing his young son and his Brazilian wife. He is one of shocking amounts of Portuguese families and companies unable to repay their loans in the time of European troika bailout measures. Jorge needs to pay off his debts and convince his unhappy wife to not leave Portugal to make a living. Due to his intimidating physique, Jorge must reluctantly accept a job with a collection agency which drags him into a world of violence and crime...
A powerhouse performance by Nuno Lopes in the shattering new film from acclaimed director Marco Martins (ALICE).
It is above all the performance of Nuno Lopes that makes the film special. Lopes embodies the repressed and unexploded power of a slice of society on its knees. Martins destroys this body, made up of nervous and tense muscles, engages it in real fights, and heals it as he delicately takes care of little Nelson. The magnificent light of the Atlantic is skilfully photographed by director of photography Carlos Lopes. But first and foremost, Martins shows that he has fully taken on board the lessons learned from masters Wim Wenders, Pedro Costa and Manoel de Oliveira.
— Camillo de Marco, CINEUROPA
After a spellbinding two hours spent in the company of Martins’ beautiful film, starring Nuno Lopes and Mariana Nunes, São Jorge will hereafter only be known as a masterpiece, to yours truly. A cinematic feast that, with little fanfare and a lot of heart, keeps the viewer glued to his or her chair for just under two hours. Filmed in gritty tones by DoP Carlos Lopes, around the parts of Lisbon that are definitely not on any tourist map, São Jorge tells a story of desperation and the heroism that arises when man is faced with a fight or flight situation... the broodingly handsome Jorge, played to quiet perfection by Nuno Lopes, tries to get his ex-wife Susana, played wonderfully by the real-life stunner Mariana Nunes...
— E. Nina Rothe, THE HUFFINGTON POST