SYNOPSIS

Rangoon, Burma, 1917. Edward, a civil servant for the British Empire, runs away from his fiancée Molly the day she arrives to get married. During his travels, however, panic gives way to melancholy. Contemplating the emptiness of his existence, the cowardly Edward wonders what has become of Molly… Determined to get married and amused by Edward's move, Molly follows his trail on this Asian grand tour.



DIRECTOR’S
BIOGRAPHY

MIGUEL GOMES (Lisbon, 1972) is a Portuguese film director. Grand Tour, his 6th feature, with world première in Cannes Film Festival’s 2024 Competition, won the Best Director Award at the festival. Gomes directed several short films presented and awarded in international film festivals. The Face You Deserve (2004) was his first feature. His next features Our Beloved Month of August (Cannes' Director's Fortnight 2008), Tabu (Berlinale Official Competition 2012: Alfred Bauer and FIPRESCI awards), Arabian Nights (a film in three feature parts, Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, 2015) and The Tsugua Diaries, co-directed with Maureen Fazendeiro (Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, 2019), confirmed his international success and projection. Gomes is presently working on Selvajaria, based on a book by brazilian author Euclides da Cunha and Cantiga, based on a graphic novel by french ilustrator Blexbolex. Retrospectives of Gomes' work took place in Austria, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, USA. Miguel graduated in Film from the Lisbon Film and Theatre School and worked as a film critic. He lives in Lisbon.



DIRECTOR’S
FILMOGRAPHY

2024 Grand Tour
2021 The Tsugua Diaries
2015 Arabian Nights - Volume 1, The Restless One
2015 Arabian Nights - Volume 2, The Desolate One
2015 Arabian Nights - Volume 3, The Enchanted One
2013 Redemption
2012 Tabu
2008 Our Beloved Month of August
2006 Canticle of All Creatures
2004 The Face You Deserve
2002 Kalkitos
2002 Thirty-One Means Trouble
2000 A Christmas Inventory
1999 Meanwhile

DIRECTOR’S
REMARKS

This film began to take shape on the eve of my wedding. I was reading a book about travel entitled The Gentleman in the Parlour by Somerset Maugham. In two pages of this book Maugham describes an encounter with an English resident in Burma. This man had run away from his fiancée to distant parts of Asia before being caught and then embarking on a happy marriage. Basically it was a story playing on universal stereotypes. The stubbornness of women triumphed over the cowardice of men.

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The flight of the groom followed the route of the grand tour. At the start of the twentieth century the Asian grand tour, begun in one of the major cities of the British Empire in India and ending in the Far East (China or Japan), was by far the journey most in demand. Many European travellers made the grand tour and some of them wrote books about their experience.

Adopting the generic approach of the fleeing fiancé following the route of the grand tour, we decided not to begin script writing before taking the grand tour ourselves. We filmed this journey in 2020, creating an archive of images and sounds. After viewing this archive footage we wrote the script. Contrary to what usually happens in films working with archive footage, the images we used belong in the present and not the past. The rest of the film, the narrative studio shoot, that took place in Lisbon and Rome, belongs in the past. The action takes place in 1918.

The two principal characters in this film cover this vast territory for inter-locking reasons. Edward is fleeing from his fiancée Molly; and Molly is pursuing her fiancé Edward. He wants to avoid, or at least postpone, wedlock, while she is determined to marry Edward. The many adventures Edward and Molly have along the way are, in essence, the film. They show the virtual interaction between the two, the symphony of a mismatch caused by others along the way and by the outbreak of chaos in the world.

As in the American screwball comedies of the thirties and forties, the woman is the huntress and the man the prey. But both characters are separated in the space and time of the film. Switching between male and female perspectives is what turns the comedy into a melodrama.

There are several grands tours in this film. There is the geographic tour seen in the images of contemporary Asia, matching the tour followed by the characters in an imaginary Asia filmed in the studio. There is the emotional grand tour experienced in different ways by Edward and Molly: both are moving in this emotional territory that is no less vast than the one they are in physically. Above all there is this immense tour that unites what is divided – countries, genders, times, reality and the imaginary, the world and the cinema. More than anything I want to invite those who view the film to take this last grand tour. I think this is what cinema is all about.

MAIN CAST
BIOGRAPHY

Crista Alfaiate
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Born in Lisbon in 1981, Crista began her artistic education at the University Theater Group at the Literature University with Ávila Costa. She did a Workshop on Performance with Patrícia Portela and, in 2004, she completed her acting education at the National Theater and Film School in Lisbon. She furthered her studies at the Stella Adler School of Acting in New York. There, she held a scholarship for Inov-Art, in 2011 with the theater companies Elevator Repair Service and Wooster Group. In 2021, Crista completed a Postgraduate Degree in Writing Arts at Nova FCSH University. Crista participated in the European project École des Maîtres in 2013, with Contanza Mackras. In 2015, she participated in the show Softcell, with the Gothenburg Contemporary Dance Company, created by Constanza Makras. In 2016, she created and performed Animenos at Maria Matos Theater (a text by Rita Taborda Duarte). In 2019, Crista created and performed Niet Hebben, participated in the show We’re Gonna Be Alright with Teatro Cão Solteiro; Selvageria by Filipe Hirsch in São Paulo, Brazil and Cinderella created by Lígia Soares. Crista was involved in various projects as an actress, including: Mala Voadora with Jorge Andrade; Casa e Jardim with Miguel Loureiro and André Guedes; Solene Resgate with Ricardo Neves; Caça e Pedra with Rogério de Carvalho; Quarteto and Esta noite improvisa-se, with Jorge Silva Melo; O nosso desporto favorito with Gonçalo Waddington; Cabeça de pregos with João Brites; Subterrâneo, a dark musical co-produced by Mácriação and Foguetes Maravilha; Ensaio de Orquestra by Tonan Quito and Filipe Melo, among others. Crista also participated in different musical projects, such as Oba Loba, Secret Museum of Mankind, Silence is a Boy and Cacique 97. In cinema, Crista’s notable appearances include the following feature films: The Sword and the Rose by João Nicolau; 4 Hearts by Manuel Mozos; A Film Like This by João Botelho; Arabian Nights, The Tsugua Diaries and Grand Tour by Miguel Gomes and Human Nature, a short film by Mónica Lima.

Gonçalo Waddington
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Gonçalo Waddington is an actor, director, playwrighter and screenwriter. As an actor, he has appeared in films by Miguel Gomes, Marco Martins, Margarida Cardoso, João Canijo, Tiago Guedes and Ivo M. Ferreira, among others. At the same time, Waddington is a writer and theater director. He has directed a feature film, PATRICK, that premiered in the Official Competition of the San Sebastien Film Festival in 2019, and two short films: IMACULADO, which he wrote and produced, premiered at the IndieLisboa Festival 2013; and NENHUM NOME, premiered internationally at the Festival de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and winner of a Special Mention at the IndieLisboa Festival 2013.

Cláudio da Silva
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Cláudio da Silva was born in Huambo, Angola, in 1974. He has a degree in Applied Foreign Languages ​​(Catholic University of Portugal - 1992/97) and a Bachelor degree in Theater (Superior School of Theatre and Cinema, Lisbon - 1999/2002). In theater, he worked with Teatro Praga, Miguel Loureiro, João Fiadeiro, Miguel Pereira, Jorge Silva Melo (Artistas Unidos), Rogério de Carvalho and Nuno Carinhas (Companhia de Teatro de Almada and Teatro do Bolhão), Pablo Fidalgo, Teresa Gafeira, Ricardo Aibéo, Zia Soares (Teatro de Griot), Mário Trigo, Madalena Vitorino, Jean-Paul Buchieri, Inês de Medeiros, Carlos Pessoa (Teatro de Garagem), Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Ana Borralho and João Galante, Nuno Cardoso, Rita Natálio, João Samões, Lígia Soares, Gonçalo Amorim (Teatro Experimental do Porto), Manuel Wiborg and António Pires (Teatro do Bairro). He co-directed Debaixo da Cidade with Manuel Wiborg. He staged My Blackie by Arne Sierens for Artistas Unidos and Felizmente Há Luar by Sttau Monteiro for TEP. Cláudio co-created Teatro Fantasma, with Carla Bolito, O3 with Pedro Nunez, Woyzeck, fuk’em ol! with Carolina Dominguez and Pedro Paiva, and Morto o Cão, Acabou-se a Fúria – a vida of Luiz Pacheco with Carolina Dominguez and Pablo Fidalgo. He’s also the creator of Poeta Armando. In cinema he worked with Solveig Njordlund, Jorge Cramez, José Pinto Nogueira, António Borges Correia, Luís Galvão Telles, Luis Filipe Rocha, Miguel Gomes, Sandro Aguilar, Ico Costa, Paulo B. Menezes, Paulo Abreu, Patrick Mendes and João Botelho. He participated in the following TV series: Inspector Max, Freedom 21, Ten, Aqui Tão Longe, Tell Me How It Was and Glória; and in the soap operas Terra Brava (SIC) and Para Sempre (TVI). He received the SP/RTP Award for Best Film Actor for his role in João Botelho's Disquiet (2011) and the Globo de Ouro SIC/Caras Award for Best Theater actor for his performance in Se Isto é Um Homem by Rogério de Carvalho (2021). He collaborates with the Cultural and Ecological Association Palettentheater Kollektiv.

Lang Khê Tran
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Born and raised in Paris with Vietnamese roots, Lang Khê TRAN studied theatre and cinema at La Sorbonne, complemented by a year of applied arts studies before starting modeling in France and London, collaborating with brands like Lancôme or Chanel. Her acting debut with a female lead role alongside Gaspard Ulliel, Gérard Depardieu, and Guillaume Gouix happened in Les Confins du Monde, a movie about Indochina war, earning the film a selection at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

MAIN
CAST

Crista Alfaiate
as Molly

Gonçalo Waddington
as Edward

Cláudio da Silva
as Timothy Sanders

Lang Khê Tran
as Ngoc

MAIN
CREW

Director: Miguel Gomes
Script: Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro, Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes
Director of Photography: Rui Poças AIP ABC, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Guo Liang
Assistant Director: Patrick Mendes
Continuity: Telmo Churro
Production Designers: Thales Junqueira, Marcos Pedroso
Scenographer: Babi Targino
Casting Director: Maureen Fazendeiro
Casting Coordinator: Filipa Falcão
Costume Master: Sílvia Grabowski
Make up: Emmanuelle Fèvre
Hair Dresser: Daniela Tartari
SFX Coordinator: Elio Terribili
Editing: Telmo Churro, Pedro Filipe Marques
Sound Engineer: Vasco Pimentel, Li Kelan
Sound Designer and Mixer: Miguel Martins
Colorist: Yov Moor
Producer: Filipa Reis
Co-producers: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Thomas Ordonneau, Tom Dercourt
Associate Producers: Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Holger Stern, Meng Xie, Kei Chika-Ura
Executive Producer: João Miller Guerra
Delegate Producers: Patrícia Faria, Serena Alfieri
Line Producer: Catarina Alves

TECHNICAL
DETAILS

Original title: GRAND TOUR
International title: GRAND TOUR
Duration: ca. 129 min
Aspect Ratio: xxx
Format: DCP
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2024
Original languages: Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, French, Burmese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Japanese
Countries of production: Portugal, Italy, France
Production Companies: Uma Pedra no Sapato
Co-production Companies: Vivo film, Shellac, Cinéma Defacto
With the support of: ICA - Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual (PT), Fundo de Apoio ao Turismo e ao Cinema (PT), RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (PT), Creative Europe - Media of the EU, Ibermedia Development , Creatps (JP), Rediance (CN), MiC - Direzione Generale Cinema e Audiovisivo (IT), Regione Lazio (IT), CNC - Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (FR), La Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (FR), ZDF-ARTE, The Match Factory (DE), Eurimages - Council of Europe

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