The setting is 1917, in Fátima, Portugal, where a miracle is said to have happened, an apparition of the Virgin Mary visited three small children. “Fatima” is based on true events during war-time in Portugal, according to those who witnessed the events—the children, their families, the villagers, and others who flocked to the town. Director Marco Pontecorvo beautifully and historically re-creates the story with Picturehouse Studios as the film’s distributor.
The “Fatima” video interviews were conducted on August 25 via Zoom. My day began speaking with Goran Višnjić the Mayor of Fatima, known for his work on “ER” as Dr. Luka Kovač, next I spoke with Stephanie Gil who plays Lucia the star of the film, know for “Terminator: Dark Fate” and finally Lucia Moniz who plays Lucia’s mother known for “Love Actually.”
The last time I interviewed three stars for the same movie was at the beginning of my career in 2008, “Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl,” the interviews were with Abigail Breslin, Chris O’Donnell, and Joan Cusack, and ironically, I was working with the same publicist Morgan Harris and the same film distribution company, Picturehouse. The 2020 “Fatima” interviews garnered a noteworthy full-circle moment. To say it was a great day would be a significant understatement, I’m still beaming.
Sarah Knight Adamson© August 28, 2020