António Pinhão Botelho

Portugal, Mozambique2018105 MinPortuguese

Subtitles: DE, EN, ES, FR, HU, IT, PL, RO, UA

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With an unusual narrative freshness, RUTH knows how to amuse without stupefying.

- Diário de Notícias -



RUTH is a film about the society of metropolitan Portugal and its African colonies at the beginning of the 1960’s.

This is the story of a young Mozambican footballer called Eusébio, a gifted athlete destined to great achievements, coveted by rival clubs, Sporting and Benfica, which ends up hiring him.

Blackmail, kidnapping attempts, ministers involved, press hysteria and huge money offers make the story of this football transfer into a saga evolving between the two continents.

It ends up when the legend begins: with Eusébio’s first match at the Benfica Stadium.

  • Starring:  Igor Regalla, Fernando Luís, Álvaro Correia, Miguel Borges, Dinis Gomes
  • Production:  Leopardo Filmes - APM actions Productions
  • International Sales:  Alfama Films

A story on the relations between Portugal and its African colonies at the beginning of the 60s, told through the rise of Mozambique’s mythical footballer Eusébio, right before he was transferred to the Club Benfica in Lisbon. The tale of a gifted athlete unravels across two continents.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

António Pinhão Botelho

In 2008, António Pinhão Botelho won the Brett Rattner Scholarship which allowed him to register for the New York Film Academy. In 2009, he received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation / Luso American Foundation to continue his studies in the United States. During this period, he has written, produced and performed in dozens of short films, having won several awards in Portugal and the United States. He returned to Lisbon in 2012 and since then has made hundreds of daily, weekly, mini-series programs, talk shows, humor, sports and advertising programs. RUTH is his first feature film.

We tried to make a social portrait of this period and customs, taking advantage of this symbol, this legend that I was lucky to catch in life.