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Journey to the Beginning of the World

Journey to the Beginning of the World

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Release in France : 04/06/1997

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Actors (8)

Production and distribution (4)

Co-production :

Gemini Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Gemini Films

Foreign production company :

Madragoa Filmes

French distribution :

Les Films du Losange

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A Portuguese film director hires a French actor. The film is a Franco-Portuguese co-production. The French actor's father was originally Portuguese, although his mother was French. His father died very young and, during the shoot, he starts thinking about his dead father. He decides to visit his father's village, hoping to meet a surviving aunt .


Afonso :

- It was like a strange journey into my imagination. At last I was seeing places my father talked about endlessly. It was like travelling back in time.

Manoel :

- You hugged your aunt for all you were worth. Me, all my childhood friends, my brother Casimiro, all my old friends, there's no one left. A long life is a gift from God. But there is a price to pay.

Duarte :

- Well, well, our director wants a free ride.

(Extract from the film’s dialogue)

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Paulo Branco

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Manoel de Oliveira

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Paul Mugel

Press Attachés (film) :

Bruno Barde, Corinne de Bury

Production Designers :

Maria-José Branco, Ze Branco

Foley artist :

Nicolas Becker

Sound Mixer :

Jean-François Auger

Assistant Director :

José Maria Vaz Da Silva

Director of Photography :

Renato Berta

Production managers :

Antonio Goncalo, Élisabeth Bocquet

Editor :

Valérie Loiseleux

Music Composer :

Emmanuel Nunes

Costume designer :

Isabel Favila

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Psychological drama

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Production language :

Portuguese, French

Coproducer countries :

Portugal, France

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Nationality :

Minority French (Portugal, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 33 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cannes International Film Festival - 1997

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1997)


Out of Competition