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The Fifth Empire

The Fifth Empire

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Release in France : 04/05/2005

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Production and distribution (4)

Co-production :

Gemini Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Gemini Films

Foreign production company :

Madragoa Filmes

French distribution :

Gemini Films

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With the intention of creating a Portuguese empire, Dom Sebastiao sets off for Africa to fight in the name of Christ. In 1578, he faces a Muslim sultan during the Battle of Alcacer Quibir, but mysteriously disappears without trace. This tragic disappearance gives birth to the myth of the hidden king. In Portugal, this heroic myth is manifested by the arrival of a king on a white horse one misty morning. His return has an ultimate aim: to save humanity from evil.
In his castle, Dom Sebastiao conceptualizes the idea of a Christian Portuguese empire. With this in mind, he deems it necessary to leave for Africa in order to extend his empire.

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Full credits (11)

Assistant Director :

José Maria Vaz Da Silva

Director of photography :

Sabine Lancelin

Production Manager :

Alexandre Valente

Editor :

Valérie Loiseleux

Production Designer :

Ze Branco

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Pierre Laforce

Author of original work :

José Régio

Sound Recordist :

Philippe Morel

Press Attaché (film) :

Matilde Incerti

Continuity supervisor :

Júlia Buisel

Costume designer :

Isabel Branco

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Drama, Historical

Coproducer countries :

Portugal, France

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Nationality :

Minority French (Portugal, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 7 min

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Dolby SRD