Lines of Wellington

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.

Lines of Wellington
Directed byValeria Sarmiento
Produced byPaulo Branco
Written byCarlos Saboga
StarringNuno Lopes
Soraia Chaves
Marisa Paredes
John Malkovich
Carloto Cotta
Music byJorge Arriagada
CinematographyAndré Szankowski
Edited byValeria Sarmiento
Luca Alverdi
Alfama Films
Release date
  • 4 September 2012 (2012-09-04) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 4 October 2012 (2012-10-04) (Portugal)
Running time
151 minutes

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.


See also


  1. "Venezia 69". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. "Zabaltegi Specials". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. "Programmer's Note". Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  4. "2012 New York Film Festival Line-Up Announced". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. "Melhor Film Português aos Oscars". Academia Portuguesa de Cinema. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
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