EXCLUSIVE: The Brazil-Portugal-France road movie The Great Mystical Circus is set to commence shooting in Lisbon, Portugal, on January 6, 2015.

Carlos Diegues (pictured) directs the story from a screenplay he co-wrote with George Moura based on Jorge de Lima’s poem O Grande Circo Mistico.

Vincent Cassel, Jesuita Barbosa and Catherine Mouchet star.

The Great Mystical Circus centres on a century in the lives of the Knieps, a Brazilian family of circus owners.

Renata Almeida Magalhães is producing.

Brazil’s Luz Mägica Produçaoes, Portugal’s Fado Films and France’s Milonga Films are the production companies.

  • An earlier version of this article stated that Films Distribution had acquired international sales rights to the project. This is not the case and we are happy to correct the article.