Verde por fora, vermelho por dentro

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Verde por fora, vermelho por dentro
File:Verde por fora.jpg
Directed byRicardo Costa
Produced byRicardo Costa and Ilídio Ribeiro
Screenplay byRicardo Costa, Ilídio Ribeiro e Maurício Cunha
  • Rogério Paulo
  • Adelaide João
Music byAntónio Macedo
CinematographyVítor Estêvão
Diafilme (1978 - 1979), Tobis Portuguesa and Nacional Filmes
Distributed byDoperfilme
Release date
Estúdio 144, Lisbon, 16 October 1980
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Verde por fora, vermelho por dentro (Green outside, red inside) is a 1979 Portuguese feature film directed and produced by Ricardo Costa.


Verde por fora, vermelho por dentro, in the panorama of the Portuguese cinema of the late 1990s, was an exception as far as, contrary to the national production of this time, was produced with no state funds. It is the first fictional film directed by Ricardo Costa, who is mainly devoted to documentary film and docufiction. Although conceived as a linear narrative, it subverts this classification since it finishes at the story departure point, a burial scene. Together with this stratagem, unreal and subjective situations interfere in order to generate a metaphor of the social and political country’s situation, affected by the recent Carnation Revolution. Facing the neorealistic tendency of the Portuguese films of its time, it caricaturizes politics and social agents in a surrealistic mood. It was highly controversial.


"A middle-aged businessman, a neoliberal, returns to Portugal after the Carnation Revolution to achieve the ambitious dream of a banana plantation and help reconstruct the national economy, weakened by the "communists". He fails. He even fails his own death, from which he mysteriously escapes. To be continued ?"[1]


  • Rogério Paulo
  • Adelaide João
  • Armando Venâncio
  • Maria Teresa Melro
  • Ana Luísa Nascimento
  • Luís Alberto
  • António Machado
  • Pedro Valentim
  • Mário Vasco
  • António Germano Anjos
  • António Anjos
  • Helena Isabel
  • and others


  • Writers – Ricardo Costa, Ilídio Ribeiro e Maurício Cunha
  • Production – Diafilme (1978 - 1979)
  • Producers – Ilídio Ribeiro and Ricardo Costa
  • Director – Ricardo Costa
  • Music and songs – António Macedo
  • Cinematography – Vítor Estêvão
  • Sound engineer – Vítor Duarte
  • Format – 35 mm colour
  • Language – Portuguese and English
  • Locations - Vale de Lobos (interiors: house of Alexandre Herculano)
  • Genre – comedy (comic drama)
  • Production year – 1978
  • Studios – Tobis Portuguesa and Nacional Filmes
  • Distribution – Doperfilme
  • Premiere – Estúdio 144, Lisbon, 16 October 1980


  • 9th International Film Festival of Figueira da Foz (1980) – Portugal
  • International Film Festival of Santarém (1980) – Portugal
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival (1981) – Greece
  • Mediterranean Film Festival of Lecce (1982) – Italy

Bibliographic references[edit]


  1. Producer’s press-release

External links[edit]

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