Lines of Wellington

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Lines of Wellington
Linhas de Wellington (film).jpg
Directed by Valeria Sarmiento
Produced by Paulo Branco
Written by Carlos Saboga
Starring Nuno Lopes
Soraia Chaves
Marisa Paredes
John Malkovich
Carloto Cotta
Music by Jorge Arriagada
Cinematography André Szankowski
Edited by Valeria Sarmiento
Luca Alverdi
Release dates
  • 4 September 2012 (2012-09-04) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 4 October 2012 (2012-10-04) (Portugal)
Running time
151 minutes
Country Portugal
Language Portuguese

Lines of Wellington (Portuguese: Linhas de Wellington) is a 2012 Franco-Portuguese epic war film and television series prepared by Chilean director Raúl Ruiz and completed by his widow Valeria Sarmiento. Its title refers to the historical Lines of Torres Vedras.

The film was in competition for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[1] It was also shown at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival,[2] the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival[3] and the 2012 New York Film Festival.[4] The film was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[5] but it was not nominated.


In the autumn of 1810, the French forces of Marshal Masséna are invading Portugal and are temporarily halted by the Anglo-Portuguese army under Viscount Wellington at the Battle of Bussaco. As a bitter winter approaches, Wellington withdraws his troops towards the fortifications he has prepared in secret at the Lines of Torres Vedras. Using a scorched earth defence, he forces the inhabitants to evacuate the land in front of the Lines and destroys all supplies which could be useful to the French. The film illustrates these dramatic events by a series of vignettes which show the effects on combatants, both regular soldiers and guerrillas, and on the civilian population.


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  1. ^ "Venezia 69". Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Zabaltegi Specials". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Programmer's Note". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  4. ^ "2012 New York Film Festival Line-Up Announced". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Melhor Film Português aos Oscars". Academia Portuguesa de Cinema. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 

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