Mysteries of Lisbon


Virtual Opening May 22 – June 4 at Film at Lincoln Center

Additional Theaters to Follow including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle Virtual Opening May 22 – June 4 at Film at Lincoln Center

Available to Stream Nationwide on Music Box Direct in July

Courtesy of Music Box Films

Ten years after the film release of MYSTERIES OF LISBON, by legendary Chilean-born filmmaker, Raúl Ruiz, Music Box Films is excited to present the original six-hour episodic mini-series version with additional footage never before seen in the U.S. Adapted from the novel by the 19th-century Portuguese author Camilo Castelo Branco, the extended version of MYSTERIES OF LISBON, is slated to premiere May 22 with a two-week virtual engagement at Film at Lincoln Center, followed by additional exhibitors via Music Box StreamLocal in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and others. The episodic period drama will be available nationwide in July via Music Box Direct, the streaming platform service by Music Box Films.

MYSTERIES OF LISBON covers three decades, four countries and a host of rich characters—all sparked by one man’s search for the truth—and is filled with all manner of adventures and escapades, coincidences and revelations, sentiments and violent passions, and vengeance and romance, set against the backdrop of Portugal’s 1820 revolution. 

Following its U.S. premiere at Film at Lincoln Center for a two-week run from May 22 – June 4, Music Box Films will present virtual runs in additional markets via Music Box’s StreamLocal, which was launched in response to COVID-19’s effect on independent art house cinemas around the country. Additional exhibitors include Los Angeles at Laemmle Theater; Chicago at Music Box Theater; Seattle at SIFF; and more upcoming. Tickets are available online for each participating theater.

StreamLocal is hosted by Music Box Direct and created for art house cinemas to stay connected with their loyal patrons and provides a much-needed source of revenue for struggling theater operators whose business has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The nationwide streaming debut for MYSTERIES OF LISBON is slated for July 2 via Music Box Direct, which is the streaming service platform of Music Box Films and Doppelgänger Releasing, dedicated to curating a diverse repertoire of films and television series from around the world. The service is available on Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, Roku and Android TV’s as well as online. A monthly subscription fee for Music Box Direct is $4.99 per month.

Titles currently available on Music Box Direct include Pawe? Pawlikowski’s IDA, the Academy Award Nominated A MAN CALLED OVE, Christian Petzold’s TRANSIT, and Seasons 1 and 2 of the acclaimed French drama THE RETURNED. The streaming service features hand curated playlists to highlight films by genre, categories, seasons and more, to suit every film enthusiast’s interests.

MYSTERIES OF LISBON is a hypnotically engrossing motion picture experience and a landmark film by arguably Chile’s most internationally renowned and prolific filmmaker, and one of international cinema’s most respected storytellers that demands to be seen.


In 19th Century Lisbon, Portugal, João, an orphan in a boarding school, sets out on a quest to discover the story behind his origins, his parents and his true identity. From this city of intrigue and secrets emerges a collection of characters who are all somehow linked to João’s destiny: Father Dinis, a descendant of the aristocratic libertines who later becomes a hero who defends justice; a countess maddened by her jealousy and obsessed with vengeance; and a prosperous businessman who mysteriously made his fortune as a bloodthirsty pirate. João’s questions are slowly answered—while others are raised—over the course of three decades and a personal voyage that takes him from Portugal to France, Italy, and even Brazil. But as secrets are revealed and João’s life begins to intertwine with those of the people he meets, he slowly learns that the truth for one isn’t always the truth for all.

Courtesy of Music Box Films

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