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Filming of ‘The Indomitable Viscount’ In Ribeira Brava

Filming of the documentary ‘The Indomitable Viscount’ which portrays the life and work of Francisco Correia de Herédia, took place in Ribeira Brava over the weekend.

The first images were captured in Lisbon, on the 11th and 12th of March, with the staging of the death of the Viscount, which occurred on the 16th of October 1918.

Ribeira Brava was used to stage the life of Francisco Correia de Herédia in his younger years, recreating the tennis games in the churchyard of the parish church, known as Pateo ‘The Tennis,’ where the Viscount would often be found practicing.

Further filming took place in some of the atmospheric streets of the town and the Autarchy gardens featuring actress Inês Herédia, who is a descendant of Francisco Correia de Herédia, as well as a collection of testimonies by Francisco Fernandes and Nulita Andrade, two Madeiran writers/researchers who have published works alluding to the Viscount.

Filming took place this weekend and will resume on the 25th and 26th of May.

The documentary is being produced by the Madeiran company Episódio Proeza, directed by José Abrantes and photographed by João Santos, this work aims to highlight the Viscount’s political profile, his sporting appetite and his dedication to public causes, as well as to show current and future generations who the Viscount was and what importance he had in the history of the municipality of Ribeira Brava, in the development of Madeira and in the political and social life of the country.

Madeiran actor Eduardo Luiz plays the role of the Viscount.

The film project is the responsibility of the Municipalities of Ribeira Brava and Vidigueira, which has the support of the Regional Government, through the Regional Secretary for Tourism and Culture (Madeira Film Commission).

Samantha Gannon

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