DiCaprio’s film about Portugal’s wildfires coming this weekend

Written By Lara Silva

Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the documentary “From Devil’s Breath” about the Portuguese fires in 2017 in Pedrógão Grande is being released on Friday. The film will be shown in the Salas Nos in Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Funchal, Lisboa, Loulé, Matosinhos, and Viseu between November 11 and 13.

“From Devil’s Breath” will also debut in the US on MSNBC on Sunday, November 13, and will be available on the streaming platform Peacock.

Five years ago, the Pedrógão Grande fires killed 66 people and injured 250 people. It is known as the deadliest fire in Portugal.

Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, the film is part of the docuseries The Tipping Point by Trevor Noah’s producing company. The film crosses the stories of survivors of Pedrógão Grande and the ecologist Tom Crowther, that has been at the scene and researching solutions to protect people from the climate crisis. 

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The film will thus include accounts by family members of those killed by the fires, such as Nadia Piazza, that lost her 5-year-old son, as well as those injured in the fires, such as Vitor Neves.

In Portugal, the tickets for the film will have a “symbolic cost of €5, and a portion of the money will be donated to a forestation project,” said Cinemas Nos. 

The first showing on Friday, in the Amoreiras movie theater in Lisbon, will include a debate about the climate crisis with Miguel Costa Matos from the Socialist Party, co-producer Catarina Fernandes Martins, and Sofia Carmo, the person responsible for the reforestation of Pedrógão Grande.


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