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Word and Utopia

Word and Utopia

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 17/01/2001

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Executive Producer :

Gemini Films

Foreign production companies :

Madragoa Filmes, Wanda Films, RTP - Radiotelevisao Portuguesa

French distribution :

Gemini Films

Co-production :

Gemini Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Gemini Films

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Le Public Système Cinéma

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In 1663, Father Antonio Vieira is summoned to Coimbra to face trial by the Holy Office, the dreaded Inquisition. Intrigues at court and a brief fall from favor have undermined the stature of the famous Jesuit cleric and former close friend of the late king, Joao IV. Standing before the judges, Father Vieira revisits his past: his childhood in Brazil, his years as a novice in Bahia, his commitment to the Indians and his first great successes from the pulpit. Banned from preaching by the Inquisition, he travels to Rome, where his reputation and record of achievements persuade the Pope to place him under his sole jurisdiction. Queen Christina of Sweden, residing in Rome since her abdication, takes Father Vieira into her court and insists on his becoming her confessor....

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Paulo Branco

Screenwriter :

Manoel de Oliveira

Sound Recordist :

Henri Maïkoff

Press Attaché (film) :

Bruno Barde

Costume designer :

Isabel Branco

Assistant directors :

Linda Gabbay, José Maria Vaz Da Silva

Director of Photography :

Renato Berta

Sound Assistant :

Yves-Marie Omnes

Editor :

Valérie Loiseleux

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Feature film

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Portugal, Spain, France

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Minority French (Portugal, Spain, France)

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2 h 10 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2000

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Official International Selection

Venice International Film Festival  - 2000

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2000)

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Official Competition

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